With increasing concern about Japan’s rattled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Temple’s Japan Campus announced early this morning it will evacuate its 200 remaining U.S. students.
The evacuation was in response to a safety warning from the U.S. Embassy in Japan, as well as technical data from experts with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, according to statements made by President Ann Weaver Hart and TU Japan Dean Bruce Stronach.
Hart said most non-U.S. students and staff will remain at TU Japan, which is comprised of students of more than 60 nationalities.
Stronach noted to students that notice of a public health emergency nor an evacuation order by the U.S. government, Tokyo Metropolitan government or Japanese government has been released.
“In order to allow us to most effectively use our available resources, we are asking that our native Japanese students rely on their domestic resources,” Stronach, a U.S. citizen who also elected to remain in Tokyo, said in a statement.
Stronach said TU Japan administrators will announce plans to assist non-U.S. students who wish to leave the area, “if this is a necessity,” on March 18.
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