The two buildings of the Information Education Complex house large-scale computer facilities which provide an extensive support system for the required Information courses in the Junior Division, and for Senior Division courses, not only for Komaba students but also for those from other Faculties. It also supports the educational and research needs of the graduate school and of staff members.
At the end of the academic year 2007 the computing equipment was renewed. Terminals equipping these rooms are available for students to use to write papers, to access the Web, to use e-mail and other Internet facilities, and to study subjects related to information science.
The computer system in the two buildings is managed by the university-wide Information Technology Center. All undergraduate and graduate students are given an account upon request, and all first-year students automatically receive an account upon entering the College for use in Information classes and for other purposes. They may apply to extend their use of the account beyond the designated year.
In July 1996, the College integrated all members of the technical staff, who had been located at different posts on campus, into the Technical Support Section. Providing essential backstage support for the educational and research activities of the College, the roles of the technical officials include;
1) maintenance and management of experimental apparatus, assistance in teaching laboratory courses, and curriculum development in physics and chemistry in the Junior Division;
2) maintenance and management of experimental apparatus, assistance in teaching laboratory courses, and curriculum development in the Department of Basic Science, the Department of General Systems Studies, and the Department of Life and Cognitive Science in the Senior Division;
3) maintenance and management of audio-visual equipment and teaching materials;
4) management of the College Art Museum, research into related materials, and publication of the Museum's annual research report, Art Museum News;
5) machining and glass crafting of laboratory instruments and parts, and teaching students as well as faculty and administrative staff how to operate the machines;
6) maintenance and management of facilities for liquefying, supplying and recovering liquid helium and other low temperature cryogens, and development of peripheral low temperature instruments;
7) safety management and operation of the Radio Isotopes (RI) Control Area;
8) management of laboratory waste materials, waste materials from medical research, and high-pressure gas containers, man-agement of laboratory recycling facilities, and safety management of hazardous materials;
9) the production and editing of videos for Academic Guidance Center symposia, and for seminars given for staff who handle radioactive materials, or who use P2 laboratories;
10) management of the storage facilities within the Graduate Department of Multi-Disciplinary Sciences (computerized barcode management since 2001). Since December 1996, the Technical Support Section has held an annual workshop, presenting research results and many ingenious new ideas, and published reports of such presentations.
The Advanced Research Laboratory is a four-storey building built in the summer of 2002 in order to provide space and facilities at Komaba for advanced research projects in science and technology. The laboratory is run by a steering committee organized by the Department of Basic Science. A principal researcher supported by competitive external funding can apply to the committee for a research space. As of 2010, more than ten projects are running, including that of the Research Center for Complex Systems Biology.
Komaba Faculty House, designed to serve as a facility for international academic exchange, was completed in March, 2004. It stands on the site of the former Dai-ichi Koto Gakko Alumni House and consists of two parts: a renovation of the Westernstyle wing of the old building ─ now a restaurant (Lever son verre) and the Faculty Club (Kanran ) ─ and a new extension to replace the former Japanese-style wing; this extension contains seminar rooms and accommodations for short-stay foreign visitors. It has been a long-cherished dream to have this kind of facility, and the Faculty House, which now stands peacefully surrounded by woods, is the beautiful realization of this dream. The management of this facility is now undertaken by the Komaba Faculty House Management Committee.
The Komaba Day Care Center has been providing day care services for children of the university staff and students as well as of the neighboring community for nearly 40 years since its establishment in 1971. The Day Care Center is located south of the tennis court reserved for university staff. In 2004, it moved from its old site near the back gate into a new, earthquake-proof building. The new Day Care Center is recognized as an important facility supporting equal employment opportunities. It is run by an NPO, and was successfully granted a Type-A certification by the Metropolitan government in 2004. The Day Care Center accepts children from the age of 0 to 5. The children take walks all over the Komaba campus and grow up to be very active boys and girls enjoying the rich green campus environment.
The aim of the Health Service Center is to promote the health of both students and staff at the University of Tokyo. The Center has two sections: the Health Service Section and the Clinical Service Section.
The Health Service Section provides health check-ups for students and staff and also offers advice on maintaining health, preventing infectious diseases, avoiding metabolic syndrome, and other matters of medical concern.
The Clinical Service Section, which is open to all students and staff, is comprised of departments of internal medicine, psychiatry, dentistry, orthopedics and dermatology, of which the department of internal medicine provides a primary care treatment service. Patients can be referred, if necessary, to other more appropriate hospitals or clinics where treatment is covered by health insurance. The clinic also issues medical certificates through the department of internal medicine. In addition, the Center provides a massage service in the Health Care Room.
The University of Tokyo has established an official network for sexual harassment prevention and for addressing harassment complaints. The first Harassment Counseling Center opened in the Yasuda Auditorium on Hongo campus in March, 2001, and the Komaba Branch started operation in October of the same year. The Harassment Counseling Center, which is open to faculty, staff and students, deals with sexual-harassment-related problems. It also provides consultations for faculty or staff in cases involving academic harassment.
Professionally trained counselors, both male and female, are available for consultation and to provide support and help in finding the best way to resolve problems or concerns. When a relief action is requested by a client, the Harassment Counseling Center will help the client to convey his or her grievance to the Harassment Prevention Committee. Scrupulous care is taken to maintain confidentiality and to protect the privacy of clients. The Harassment Counseling Center does not disclose private or other personal information of our clients to any third parties without the client's consent.
The Komaba Branch is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at present. The Hongo, Komaba, and Kashiwa Harassment Counseling Centers all provide consultations either in person at the centers or by telephone (03-5454-6159), FAX (03-5465-8854) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Komaba branch of the Disability Services Office is located in Room 111 in Building 8 beside the Ginkgo Avenue on Komaba I Campus.
The branch, in collaboration with its Hongo counterpart, has accumulated enough data and expertise to enable all disabled students and staff at the university to pursue their study, research, teaching, and other work. By providing seminars and training sessions for supporters, and in many other ways, the office plays a leading role in facilitating the support activities implemented by the individual faculties and departments. It also aims to raise the awareness of disability support issues.
There are always four staff members available during office hours to serve the needs of the university community and to function as an interface between disabled students or staff and the rest of the university. The office welcomes anyone who needs or is interested in disability support. The office is open on weekdays from 9:30 to 17:00.
The Komaba Communication Plaza consists of three buildings which house stores, restaurants, and facilities for academic or extracurricular activities. The CO-OP bookstore and general store are situated on the first floor of the North Building while general classrooms and practice rooms for music, performing arts, and sports are located on the second and third floors. These rooms are used not only for classes and extracurricular activities but also for wider purposes such as lectures or piano concerts. The South Building consists of CO-OP restaurants, a lounge for the teachers and staff of the university, and a Media Gallery, which is a display space for works of art. The third building, named the Wa-kan, has six Japanese-style rooms suitable for small meetings, flower arrangement, tea ceremony, small parties or overnight stays.
This hall, inaugurated in July 1998, is designed to allow for multiple uses, including both events related to educational, research and cultural activities at Komaba, and a wide range of theatrical activities. It consists of a versatile space of approximately 16 meters square surrounded by black walls, where a stage and seating may be set up as the occasion may require. Fully airconditioned, the hall interior is professionally equipped and has a control room with an advanced lighting control panel, which makes it possible to stage professional-level public performances.
Apart from several public events held for educational or research purposes every year, the hall is widely used by Komaba's student groups involved in cultural activities. In particular, the the atrical performances given for many years in the past by students in the North Hall of the former Komaba Dormitory Cafeteria, affectionately known as the "Komaba Little Theater," now take place in the Multi-Purpose Hall. The hall is managed through a process of mutual consultation (addressing both administrative and maintenance issues) between the faculty and the student groups involved.
A structure designed for practicing various forms of traditional Japanese culture, the Hakuinsha Pavilion was newly opened in June 1996. The Pavilion is a house in the traditional style, with two Japanese-style rooms of 10 tatami mats, which are bordered by a wide L-shaped corridor, an entrance hall, a washing place, and a closet. The reception room in the back, with an alcove and a sunken square hearth, may be used as a tea ceremony room. The room in the front has a variety of uses. Following a suggestion from students, the room has been designed so that it may be turned into a rehearsal stage for traditional performing arts when the mats are put away. The Pavilion utilizes the finest woods from the University Forest (Faculty of Agriculture).
The First-Year Activity Center, opened in October 2008, is the Komaba hub for first year activities, which are general educational programs for improving the social and educational experiences of first-year students. In this center, several programs, including student consultations with peer advisers, lectures on first-year activities, lunch meetings of teachers and students and mental health consultations, have been conducted. Various support programs for students are also scheduled.
In line with the University of Tokyo's ideal of liberal education, the Komaba Active Learning Studio, or KALS, was created as a model classroom. Equipped with state-of-the-art information technology, KALS offers classes tailored to many types of active learning, including discussions, group work, and presentations.
The KALS facility and IT devices are specially designed to reflect each student's contribution immediately. Reaching beyond departmental boundaries, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, and the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education have worked together to develop teaching methods that best utilize the KALS learning environment.
The Science Library acquires materials that serve the general reference and research needs of faculty, graduate students, and research students in Multi-Disciplinary Sciences, as well as undergraduate students in the natural sciences of the Senior Division. The titles cover physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences, astronomy, mathematics, and related disciplines. In addition to approximately 50,000 books, the library receives about 1,100 periodicals from Japan and overseas, including university bulletins. It also holds an important collection of periodicals from the 19th century and the early years of the 20th century, such as the Berichte der Deutschen Chemischen Gesellschaft , which began publication in 1868.
Established in 1965, the Center supplies liquid nitrogen (supply) and helium (supply and recovery) for educational and research uses at both graduate and undergraduate levels.
The Center currently supplies approximately 150,000 liters of liquid nitrogen annually to 60 research laboratories, comprising two thirds of all research units within the Multi-Disciplinary Sciences (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), as well as to undergraduate student laboratory courses in the Junior and Senior Divisions, and to the Health Service Center (Komaba Branch). In addition, the Center supplies research units in Buildings 3, 15 and 16 as well as in the Advanced Research Laboratory with more than 50,000㎥ nitrogen gas vaporized from the liquid nitrogen tank
(99.9999% purity, supplied via pipelines at 0.4 MPa pressure). Liquid helium is supplied to ultra low temperature experimental facilities in various laboratories, and to the latest models of experimental equipment, such as the high-resolution NMR and the SQUID magnetometer. The supply also goes to super low temperature experimental facilities used by Senior Division students of the College.
The Center continues to supply liquid nitrogen and helium 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and this round-the-clock effort has increased the rate of supply of Helium so that it now amounts to more than 50,000 liters per year.
The RI Laboratory was moved from Building 3 to the basement of Building 15 in 1989. This laboratory undertakes the maintenance of radioisotopes and relevant apparatus for measurement.
Its main users are researchers from the biology-, life-science-, and physical-science-related departments who use unsealed radioisotopes, and those from physics- and chemistry-related departments who use sealed radioisotopes. The members of the managing staff have meetings on a regular basis in order to improve management and operation. The laboratory also undertakes the management of commonly used apparatus including a bioimaging analyzer and a multi-purpose scintillation counter.
The organ in the Auditorium was donated by the late Mr. Taikichiro Mori and was installed in 1977. Though a relatively small model with 12 stops, its tremolo and couplers contribute to the varicolored tonal quality of the instrument, which makes it suitable for the modern virtuoso repertoire as well as for baroque music. The organ is administered by the Organ Committee of the College. Since the inaugural concert in May 1977, 118 concerts have been held, featuring both established artists and emerging young organists from Japan and overseas. These concerts, free of charge, have attracted a large audience from outside as well as within the campus. Since 1998 organ classes, taught by profes-sional organists, have been given for the College's students and staff members, who thus get an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the instrument. Detailed information about concert schedules and classes is available through the Newsletter of the College of Arts and Sciences, the University Bulletin, and the Organ Committee's home page.
This residence was established in Shinkawa, Mitaka City, outside the Tokyo metropolitan area, to house Komaba students. Applications by international students are accepted from all the campuses of the University. With the ratio between Japanese and international students set at 7:3, a day-to-day exchange of ideas and friendship is promoted. There are currently six residential buildings and a common building with a multi-purpose hall. Each of the 605 single rooms, equipped with basic furniture, kitchenette, shower and toilet, and air-conditioner, provides a comfortable living space at a minimum rent. Approximately 25 percent of the residents are women, who are housed on separate floors from male students. There are also regular occasions for exchange between the students and local residents.