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Preventive Measures against the Spread of COVID-19 (Updated on January 17, 2022)

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) conducts its research activities, assuring thorough COVID-19 infection control. Due to the spread of COVID-19, the government issued the “Semi-emergency (Coronavirus) spread prevention measures” to Okinawa and the other two prefectures from January 9 to January 31, 2022. In response to this, JAMSTEC takes measures based on requests from the national and local governments during the period.

JAMSTEC apologizes to every one of you for any inconvenience caused by the decision, and your understanding and cooperation will be much appreciated.

We are taking the following measures to prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19.

  • In line with the actual conditions of each branch and department, we reduce attendance rates and avoid crowded conditions in offices, laboratories, and conference rooms by utilizing staggered work hours, telework, shift system, satellite spaces, and such.
  • We use a flextime system (core working time 10:30-16:30) to prevent infection during commuting.
    - In response to the Information Security Incident on March 16, 2021, we disconnected the VPN connection, but we take sufficient measures to prevent infection.

Events

JAMSTEC holds events, including online events ensuring thorough COVID-19 infection control.

Precautions to enter JAMSTEC’s facilities, including vessels, etc.

  • Facility tours
    In principle, facility tours are available online. In the case of on-site facility tours, we will ask for your cooperation in checking vaccination status and submitting PCR test results. We take the measures to prevent infection and handle personal information with the greatest possible consideration.
  • Visit to the Yokosuka headquarters, Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences [YES], Tokyo Office
    Please fill out the Visitor's Health Status Check Sheet in advance and submit it to the person in charge at JAMSTEC or Guard House.

    - In the Yokosuka headquarters and Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences [YES], the Visitor's Health Status Check Sheet is available at the Guard House.

    For the Tokyo Office, please ask the person in charge at JAMSTEC.
    Visitor's Health Status Check Sheet is here(PDF)
  • Visit to the Global Oceanographic Data Center [GODAC]
    We request that you refrain from visiting the Global Oceanographic Data Center [GODAC]
  • Visit to Mutsu Institute for Oceanography (MIO)
    Visitors from areas with a large number of infected people are requested to take the PCR tests and confirm that the results are negative beforehand.
  • Please cooperate with us for COVID-19 infection control by wearing a mask and sanitizing your hands.
  • You are not allowed to enter JAMSTEC’s facilities, including vessels, if you are any of the following within the last two weeks.

    1)Those who are suspected to have an infectious disease, showing symptoms such as fever, hypogeusia/hyposmia, malaise, and other cold-induced illnesses (or if someone in your family who is living with you is suspected to have such a symptom).

    2)Those who have come back to, or entered, Japan from overseas.

    3)Those who have spent time with someone else in a place not safe from COVID-19 (or a place where you cannot avoid the Three Cs [Closed spaces, Crowded places, and Close-contact settings]).

Research vessel operations

  • JAMSTEC resumed research cruise operations from August 1, 2020, ensuring thorough COVID-19 infection control.

Shared use of facilities and equipment with external users

  • JAMSTEC makes its facilities and equipment in Yokosuka Headquarters, such as hyperbaric chambers and the multipurpose pool, available to a limited number of external users, ensuring thorough COVID-19 infection control. Please click here for your future use of the facilities or equipment.

Notice of COVID-19 positive case

Secretariat of COVID-19 Emergency Response Headquarters Office