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1st April, 2014

 
Universities & Crisis Management
 
What JCSOS does.
The Council has examined various accidents and court cases which have occurred in the past and has introduced a safety and risk management system for 137 member schools and universities. The scheme provides a combination of educational information, investigation, insurance planning and risk consultancy. Overseas educational institutions will feel re-assured when accepting Japanese students from those organizations registered as a member of JCSOS, as most member schools adopt JCSOS rescue and support system in case of an emergency. In 2013 the system was used by 15,000 students.

We circulate to our members by e-mail various overseas news items on safety and educational issues. We often visit member schools and answer their questions. We organise risk management and international educational seminars, frequently using the facilities of member universities. In 2013 JCSOS organised 15 seminars of which 3 were joint seminars with JAFSA, 29 orientation guidance sessions and 8 crisis management simulations. We offer detailed information and advice to member schools on issues such as how to develop international educational programmes and establish university (school) links with overseas partners, from the contract to the full operation of study abroad programmes. JCSOS activities have been strengthened by becoming a board member of JAFSA.  JAFSA and JCSOS are keen on supporting the Ministry of Education's new policy of increasing inbound and outbound student number among Japanese universities.
 
The collaboration with UTS
CSOS offers a consultancy service to members on how to make international educational programmes with overseas universities (schools) with the support of our associate member, UTS. UTS, founded by Mr. Kenichi Ikeno in 1971, has many functions for members of JCSOS. JCSOS is a public organisation so it is not allowed, by NPO law, to get involved in direct business arrangements for member schools. JCSOS transfers such business issues to UTS if necessary. UTS plays an important role in covering actual study abroad operations for member schools. It is an educational agency, a 1st category travel agency and an insurance agency. UTS has been organising various study abroad programmes for schools for over 40 years.
 
JCSOS and consulting services
In the last few years JCSOS has seen the importance of providing a consultation service for school management to enable schools to carry out proper risk assessments. The chairman, Mr. Kenichi Ikeno is the founder of the College of International Education, Oxford, England. He created the concept of JCSOS through his 40 year college management experience. He was the director general of the Anglo-Japanese University Exchange Committee from 1977 to 1999. He was involved in negotiations with the Ministry of Education and Science in the UK and in Japan, the British Council and universities in the UK and in Japan during this period.
 
Recent Activities
In January 2007 JCSOS organised a world university ranking seminar in collaboration with QS.  JCSOS then organised WUR seminars inviting senior faculty members from Tokyo University and Kyoto University. JCSOS recognises the importance of exchanging ideas between universities throughout the world.
 
In December 2008 a new emergency service named J-TAS (JCSOS Total Assistance Service) was introduced to JCSOS members. J-TAS was intended to provide further support to members. Support in the past has been provided for institutions rather than for individuals. J-TAS now supports individuals who encounter any kind of accident or sickness, including mental problems, and who are in need of help in foreign countries. If they are covered by proper insurance (Tokyo Marine) the assistance centre will take immediate and appropriate action. The participating University (School) and JCSOS are made aware of each student’s contact with the 24 hour emergency service. This is particularly important because traditionally,
JCSOS Seminar for University people
sickness or mental disorders of students abroad has involved only the student and insurance company. Third party involvement has not been permitted because of privacy laws. Universities can make proper decision in accordance with student' parents.
J-TAS has solved most of the problems encountered by students abroad. It has become a strong tool to strengthen study abroad programmes of Japanese schools.
 
In July 2012 JCSOS signed a contract with International SOS Japan Inc. which is one of the biggest assistance companies in the world. Thanks to International SOS Inc. JCSOS can provide updated medical and security information to member schools. Member schools can also use their emergency rescue services through JCSOS.
 
Legal background of crisis management in Japan
The Council is primarily concerned with various aspects of student safety at overseas schools and the protection of member institutions. The Council is familiar with overseas schools, and with schools in Japan which have been required to take appropriate action in an emergency. In Japan, unlike in other countries, the school which is sending students abroad is obliged to take appropriate action in an emergency and, according to Japanese civil law, must take primary responsibility. Parents will take legal action if proper rescue and support measures are not in place. The law also requires a safety measure orientation programme before sending students abroad. The courts will order heavy compensation costs if measures taken prior to, and following an emergency, are not considered appropriate. (Supreme Court precedent of 25 February,1975,reference record of 29-2-143 ) This poses serious worries for schools. We have studied these problems and have tried to resolve them with a policy and strategy which would greatly reduce the risk for Japanese schools organising study abroad programmes. JCSOS is a non-profit organisation registered with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

The Board of Trustees
(1st April, 2014)
Mr.Kenichi Ikeno CIE-Oxford
Mr.Makoto Hattori Director of International Office of Hitotsubashi University
Mr.Mitumasa Sakurai Professor of the Law School of Omiya Law College Attorney at law (director of Sakuragaoka law firm)
Mr. Sachio Ono Board member of Overseas Tour Operator Association
Mr. Miaki Nose Former vice chair of International Tourism Society
 
 
The Advisory Board
(as of November 2010)
Ms. Ai Ishida Attorney at law(Sakuragaoka law firm)
Ms. Mami Kato Attorney at law(Sakuragaoka law firm)
Mr. Yoichi Kondo Professor of Ritumeikan Asia Pacific University
Mr. Etsuji Sakai President of Japan Risk Management Inc
 

Associate Members:
Tokyo Marine and Nichido fire Insurance Co.,Ltd.
UTS Centre for International Education( UTS Ltd. )
Sakuragaoka Law Office
Japan-Risk Management Ltd.
 
The secretariat of JCSOS is run by :
CIE-Consultants Ltd.
Japan-Risk Management Ltd.