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General Information

General Information

General Information for the participants

Registration and Opening Ceremony

Please find the information on the registration and opening ceremony on August 25 in the conference program (tentative). More detailed schedule will be announced later.

Language

English

Access to Sophia

Sophia University is located in central Tokyo, the capital of Japan. The university is a 5-minute walk from Yotsuya Station of JR Chuo line, Marunouchi subway line and Nanboku subway line.
URL: http://www.sophia.ac.jp/eng/info/access/directions/access_yotsuya

The following transportation is available from Narita / Haneda Airport to Yotsuya Station.

From Narita International Airport

By Airport Limousine Bus:
There is a direct access from Narita Airport to Hotel New Otani by airport limousine bus.
Please see the following website for the information on the airport limousines:
http://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/platform_searches/index/2/53

By Narita Express Train: Around 3,200 yen, about 80 minutes
First, take Narita Express train to Tokyo Station (60-minute ride)
Then transfer to JR Chuo Line and another 10-minute ride to Yotsuya Station

By Taxi: around 30,000 yen, about 90-130 minutes
If you take a taxi to Hotel New Otani / Toshi Center Hotel,
please show Directions to Hotel New Otani / Directions to Toshi Center Hotel to a taxi driver.

Area Map
・Hotel New Otani
http://www.newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo/info/access/index.html
・Toshi Center Hotel
http://www.toshicenter.co.jp/access/pdf/1_12000_e.pdf

Further information can be found at the following address:
・Hotel New Otani (Access)
http://www.newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo/info/access/narita.html
・Narita International Airport
http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/access/

From Haneda International Airport

By Airport Limousine Bus:
There is a direct access from Haneda Airport to Hotel New Otani by airport limousine bus.
Please see the following website for the information on the airport limousines:
http://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/platform_searches/index/4/53

By Tokyo Monorail: Around 800 yen, about 40 minutes
First, take Tokyo Monorail to Hamamatsucho Station (20-minute ride)
Then transfer to JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin Tohoku Line and another 10-minute ride to Tokyo Station
From Tokyo Station, take JR Chuo Line to Yotsuya Station (10-minute ride)

By Taxi: around 8,500 yen, about 50 minutes
If you take a taxi to Hotel New Otani / Toshi Center Hotel,
please show Directions to Hotel New Otani / Directions to Toshi Center Hotel to a taxi driver.

Area Map
・Hotel New Otani
http://www.newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo/info/access/index.html
・Toshi Center Hotel
http://www.toshicenter.co.jp/access/pdf/1_12000_e.pdf

Further information can be found at the following address:
・Hotel New Otani (Access)
http://www.newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo/info/access/haneda.html
・Haneda Airport
http://www.haneda-airport.jp/inter/en/access
・TOKYO MONORAIL CO., LTD.
http://www.tokyo-monorail.co.jp/english/

Participants are advised to consult their travel agency or airline for all information concerning customs formalities and health regulations on entering Japan.

Facilities

Internet Access
At Yotsuya Campus: available (Wireless LAN is NOT available)
At Hotel New Otani: http://www.newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo/service/business_travel.html
At Toshi Center Hotel: http://www.toshicenter.co.jp/e/internet_connection.html
Around the city: Internet Café

Laptop Computers
A limited number of laptop computers will be set up by Sophia for participants’use during the conference.
OS : Windows 7
Applications: Microsoft Word 2010 (English), Microsoft Excel 2010 (English), Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (English), Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, IE
*Adaptor / converter will NOT be provided by Sophia University.
*Printer: not available

Cellular Phone: Please note that a cellular phone from your home country may not work in Japan. Cellular phone rental service is available at the following places:
Narita International Airport:
http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/guide/service/list/svc_19.html
Haneda International Airport:
http://www.haneda-airport.jp/inter/en/premises/service/internet.html

Electricity
voltage: 100 volts
plug: two flat parallel pins
the frequency of electric current in Eastern Japan: 50 Hertz
*Adaptor / converter will NOT be provided by Sophia University

Visa

Entry Formalities for Japan:
A valid passport, with a visa if required, is necessary for entry into Japan. Visa requirements depend on your nationality. Please see the following visa requirements announced by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

If you are an Australian, Korean or Taiwanese national, you are NOT REQUIRED to apply for temporary visitor visas to enter Japan, in general. For further information, please see the following website:
http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/novisa.html

If you are an Indonesian or Thailand national, you ARE REQUIRED to apply for a temporary visitor visa (for a stay in Japan of up to 90 days). For further information, please see the following website:
http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/other_visa.html

If you are a Filipino national, you ARE REQUIRED to apply for a temporary visitor visa (for a stay in Japan of up to 90 days). For further information, please see the following website:
http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/short/philippine.html

PLEASE NOTE: For further information related to visa requirements, please contact the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate. For the necessary documents, please contact the conference coordinator (Office of External Affairs) at aseaccu[at]sophia.ac.jp (Please change [at] to @).

Currency and Exchange

The national currency is the yen.
The official rate of exchange in January 2011 was:
Australian Dollar (1 AUD): 81.76 yen
(Rates are subject to fluctuation and may change without prior warning.)

Climate and Clothing

The average minimum/maximum temperatures in Tokyo in August are 24°C /31°C (76F/ 87F). The weather at this time of the year is hot and humid. Buildings are air-conditioned. Suggested dress for all social functions: informal

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