Clyde A. Hutchison III,
J. Craig Venter Institute, San Diego
The Systems Biology Institute, Tokyo
RIKEN Center of Research Network for Infectious Diseases, Tokyo
Anne S. De Groot,
EpiVax, Inc., Providence
Flinders Medical Centre & Flinders University, Adelaide
Dennis P. Wall,
Computational Biology Initiative Center for Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School, Boston
University of Connecticut, Computer Science & Engineering, Storrs
Microsoft Research, Redmond
Organizational & Publicity Support
Luncheon Session Sponsor
Last updated Sep 12, 2010
1. Visa Information and Immigration Procedures
As a general rule, foreign nationals who enter Japan need a visa accompanying a valid passport. See Guide to Japanese Visa of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Nationals of Countries and Areas with Visa Exemption Arrangements with Japan
According to the website "Exemptions of Visas" of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, as of April 2010, Japan had taken measures concerning the waiver of visa requirements with 61 countries and regions. Nationals of these countries and regions are not required to obtain a visa to enter Japan when the purpose of their visit is commerce, a conference, tourism, visit to relatives/acquaintances, etc.
Immigration control officers take from all foreign Nationals digital finger prints and facial images. The system is similar to entry procedures into USA.
Details and up-to-date information on visa requirements,
visa exemptions, and immigration procedures
are provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Justice, respectively.
Please contact [email protected] if you need a letter of invitation to apply for a short-term stay visa.
2. Travel Grant
A modest fellowship fund is available to assist students and post-doctoral trainees
in attending InCoB2010 for the purposes of presenting their paper/poster. Only one author for a paper/poster
will be eligible for a travel grant. Applications for travel awards are hereby invited. All travel
grant applications must be received by July 1, 2010 (23:59 GMT).
Award decisions will finalized by July 10, 2010, at which time applicants will be notified by e-mail.
The size of each award is expected to be approximately 500 SGD (approximately 30,000 JPY) to be made on a
REIMBURSEMENT BASIS either in cash at the Conference on the last day, or by Paypal e-payment
(please create your own PayPal account) on the first day of the Conference.
To apply for a travel fellowship, please e-mail the following information to Prashanth Suravajhala [email protected] copy to:
Asif Khan, APBioNet Secretariat: asif -$- bic.nus.edu.sg (replace -$- with @)
- Legal name (for financial purposes)
- Optional: Name and title by which you prefer to be addressed
- Status (student, postdoc)
Note: Certification and/or proof of student or postdoc status must be presented at the
Conference to the Registration Desk for the reimbursement to take place. DO NOT SEND scanned pdf or images.
- E-mail address
- Institution and location of institution (e.g., University of X,
999 University Ave., etc.) including country
- Preferred mailing address, if different from university address
- Brief statement about availability of other funding sources (quantum already awarded and/or being applied for)
- Poster/Paper submission ID and Title (in Text Format)
- Proposed Budget of the Trip and how much requested from APBioNet and for what purpose (in text format)
- Brief CV with photograph and list of papers published in Word or PDF format.
- Declaration of any previous APBioNet Fellowships awarded. (in text format)
All incomplete applications will not be processed.
Please note that travel the grant award is subject to acceptance of paper/poster for presentation at InCoB2010.
3. Narita and Haneda Airports
Narita International Airport is the main port of entry for overseas visitors.
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) is the domestic air travel hub. In October 2010, a fourth runway will be completed and international flight services will also start.
The travelling time from Narita Airport to central Tokyo is 60 min by train (NEX Narita Airport Express; round-trip Suica & NEX package 5,500 JPY) or 90-120 min by limousine bus (3,000 JPY one-way; stops at major hotels). The Skyliner of Narita Sky Access line (Keisei Electric Railway) started its service in July 2010, reducing the travel time from the airport to central Tokyo (Nippori Station) to 29 minutes (2,400 JPY one-way).
Narita Airport Express (NEX) JR East Train Service
Narita Airport Limousine Bus Service
Narita Sky Access line (Keisei Electric Railway)
4. Tokyo's Railway and Subway Networks
Tokyo's railway network of JR EAST and private operators transports approximately 24 million passengers per day. The railway network covers 1,054km and has 760 stations. There are 13 subway lines in Tokyo operated by the TMG (Toei subway network) and by private operators (Tokyo Metro subway network). The network covers about 287km, has 235 stations and transports approximately 7.7 million passengers daily.
Tokyo metropolitan area major JR EAST, private and subway route map
Subway route maps and Transfer guides
Tokyo metropolitan area JR EAST route map
Japan Railways (JR) East Information
Norikae-Annai - Train Route Finder
5. Exploring Tokyo
Tokyo Tourism Info
Visit Japan Campaign
Tokyo Art Navigation
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Tokyo Metropolitan Parks
Tokyo Zoo Net
6. Entertainment/Activities/Event Guides
7. Weather and Dress
Summer (July-September) temperatures may reach up to 38 degrees and humidity can be as high as 70 percent. Though, end of September temperatures are comfortable (up to 27 degrees). Casual clothes are fine.
In September, Tokyo is occasionally hit by tropical cyclones. Warnings and information are available at Tokyo Amesh and the Japan Meteorological Agency.
8. Safety and Earthquakes
Japan has a very low crime rate and Tokyo is one of the safest metropolitan areas in the world.
Tokyo Fire Department Information Desk 03-3212-2323
Tokyo English Lifeline 03-5721-4347
Japan Helpline 0120-461-997
Earthquakes occur frequently, but are usually nothing to worry about. In the event of the overdue big Tokai Earthquake it's wise to take precautions.
For details see Disaster Preparedness Checklist of the US embassy and Prediction of The Tokai Earthquake.