COVID-19: Message from the Director

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Greetings from the NC Japan Center!

We hope that this message finds you all healthy and safe. The current situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic has affected every industry and institution the world over, and we at the NCJC are dedicated to supporting the community, especially during this challenging time.

Your Hub for Information:

Website: We hope you will find our regularly updated COVID-19 / コロナウイルス 2019 sub-page helpful. The site includes COVID-19 specific

We welcome suggestions for additional topics or information that would be useful to you.

Newsletter: To help keep you updated, soon we will be launching our regular electronic newsletter, called “Yajirushi” (“arrow,” in Japanese). Please be watching for your emailed copy, and encourage others to subscribe.

Current NC Japan Center Plans:

Spring Hill House: In keeping with NC State University COVID-19 regulations, our Spring Hill House headquarters is temporarily closed. Therefore, our planned on-site activities and events have been postponed until the NC State campus is once again open to the public and it is safe to do so.

NC-Japan Business Conference 2020: This gathering was originally scheduled to take place on April 16th at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel. With the advent of the pandemic, it was tentatively postponed until September 24th, 2020.

It is clear at this stage that September 24th would also most likely be an inconvenient date for the public. It was a difficult decision, but we’ve decided to postpone the NC-Japan Business Conference until Spring 2021. It is our sincere hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will pass soon, so that our event participants can focus their energies first on moving forward with their businesses, and then to gather safely, hear from expert leaders, and share valuable insights with one another.

Summer 2020 classes: Unfortunately, there will be no Summer 2020 classes at the NC Japan Center. We are committed to the benefits of in-person teaching, and will offer on-site classes again as soon as possible. However, we are also working with our excellent language teachers to develop high quality online teaching for our dedicated students, if new closures in Fall 2020 make this temporary alternative necessary.

In closing, I want to assure you all that the NC Japan Center will once again be open when the current situation stabilizes and we can all get back to normal operations. The Spring Hill House will be just where you saw it last, and we’ll be there to greet you (we’ll have some tea ready). In the meantime, we are eager to hear from you with your questions, concerns, or requests for any assistance we can provide.

Please stay safe, stay healthy, and stay optimistic; we’ll get through this together. The NC Japan Center is here for you.


Jonathan Brewster