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The Japan Trip is an annual trip during spring break organized by the Harvard School of Public Health Student Club of Japan. The aim is to provide participants with opportunities to learn about public health in Japan and the Japanese culture. 


Download the 2015 Report book here
Read about previous trips here


The 2015 Trip to Tokyo & Tohoku
The dates for the 2015 trip are March 14-22 (spring break). This tour is non-credit. 
The theme of the trip is post-disaster recovery. Before and during the trip students will be provided with the opportunity to learn about disaster management, health consequences of large scale disasters and the health care system in Japan. Participants will join the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, spend time in Ishinomaki (one of the hardest hit areas during the triple disaster in 2011) and conclude in Tokyo with engaging discussions with top global leaders. There will also be plenty of sight seeing and fun cultural activities. 

・ Maximum $1,000 including 6 nights accommodation and domestic transportation.

・ Not including airfare ticket and some meals


Application time line

December 5: Application deadline
December 8: Notification to participants
December 12: Deadline for deposit (300 USD)
Download the application form here!



Travel Assistance

1. Recommended flights


 JL 007 14MAR BOSTON - NARITA 1:00P 3:35P 15MAR 

 JL 004  22MAR NARITA – NEW YORK 6:30P 6:25P 22MAR 

 JL7452 22MAR NEW YORK - BOSTON 8:15P 9:25P 22MAR


Cost: $1890/person

*If you would like to use this flight, please let us know by 10th Dec.


2. Travel Agency

IACE Travel (Japanese Travel Agency) will help you to find flights to Japan (although internet is another viable option) Contact:

Nami Motomura:



Planned visits



  • UN World conference on disaster risk management

  • Yu home clinic (primary care clinic), Hibi shinbun (newspaper), long term elderly care center, Fisherman’s union, Discussion with local clinical mental health provider


  • Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

  • National Center for Global Health and Medicine

  • Keizo Takemi (member of the House of Council)

  • Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa (Chair, National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission)




UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction


Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare


National Center for Global Health and Medicine



Planned visits


Optional tours for Saturday



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