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Worldwide Alerts

The following alerts are based on ISA's direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council, WHO reports, and expert consultation.


Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 8:50 p.m CST

Due to Typhoon Vongfong, public transportation in Beppu has been suspended. All classes at APU were cancelled for Monday, October 13th. All ISA Beppu students have been notified and reminded to stay indoors. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to students as necessary.

Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 8:20 p.m CST

As of the morning of Monday, October 13th (local time), Typhoon Vongfong is heading toward Japan's southernmost island of Kyushu, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. A storm alert has been issued for Beppu, and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) has cancelled its first and second periods as a precaution. APU may issue subsequent cancellations in the next few hours. All ISA Beppu students have been advised to remain indoors. Typhoon Vongfong is expected to pass through Tokyo Monday evening and into Tuesday morning. As of the time of this posting, classes have not been cancelled for Musashi University in Tokyo. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and will update Beppu and Tokyo students as necessary.


Monday, October 6th, 2014

On October 4th, 2014 the U.S. Embassy issued a security message to citizens in Hong Kong, alerting them to violent clashes between Occupy and anti-Occupy protesters. Tensions were high but have subsided and protests remain largely peaceful. Protesters dwindled this morning as government buildings and commerce resumed as normal in the main protest areas. All ISA students are safe and attending classes as normal. They have been notified not to visit protest areas and ISA staff will keep them informed of any changes to the situation.

Monday, September 29, 2014

On the evening of Sunday, September 28th, police in Hong Kong began a crackdown against pro-democracy protesters in the Central and Admiralty districts. Police have been using tear gas to disperse protesters and injuries have been reported. All ISA students are safe and accounted for. ISA has advised students to stay away from the affected districts and to avoid any areas where protests are taking place, especially at night. Protests are expected to escalate on October 1st due to China's National Day. ISA is continuously monitoring the situation and will advise students in Hong Kong accordingly with any new developments.

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For further information, please refer to ISA's Health and Safety section, particularly the information regarding the monitoring of world-wide security levels.