Dear members of COAR,
We are deeply grateful for your kind inquiry after the Tohoku-Kanto earthquake which occurred on March 11. As reported in the media, being the largest earthquake ever recorded in Japan, it caused widespread damage itself and resulted in the tsunami that reportedly killed more than 9,000 people, mainly in Tohoku and Kanto area. Library facilities and holdings in the area have been also greatly affected. It will take a long time to recover fully.
Fortunately, however, library staff were all safe to our knowledge.
The institutional repositories were quickly restored after the earthquake.
On behalf of DRF International Relation Working Group, I would like to repeat my deepest gratitude for your encouragement. It is my honor and pleasure to tell you that the Open Access community in Japan is working hard, dedicated to recovering the open access services including institutional repositories.
Shinya Kato (Tohoku University Library)
International Relation Working Group, Digital Repository Federation
This letter was read by M. Sugita, Vice Chairperson of the Board, to the COAR General Assembly and followed by a minute of silence in commemoration of the victims.