Kumamoto Sanctuary (KS) is the first and only sanctuary for chimpanzees and bonobos in Japan. It is located approximately 800km southwest of Kyoto University’s main campus. The KS staff are passionately committed to enhancing the physical and psychological well-being of the chimpanzees and bonobos housed at the Sanctuary. The facility, chimpanzees, and other properties of Kumamoto Sanctuary were transferred from a private company to Kyoto University on August 1st, 2011. KS is now officially part of the Wildlife Research Center (WRC) at Kyoto University, WRC being the sister institute of the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University (KUPRI). In Japan, no chimpanzees whatsoever are used in laboratory research. All of the chimpanzees formerly involved in biomedical research have now been retired and are housed comfortably at Kumamoto Sanctuary. The last three chimpanzees that still remained in another biomedical research were transferred to KS on May 15th 2012. Six bonobos are now housed at KS, having arrived in two groups in December, 2013; and May, 2014 respectively. As of April 2016 there are, in total, 58 chimpanzees and 6 bonobos living at KS. KS is not open to the public for health and safety reasons.
Updated on May 18, 2016 at 10:30am JST.
Record of Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes
|Date and Time||Hypocenter||Magnitude|
|14 April 2016 21:26 JST (12:26 UTC)||Kumamoto Chiho of Kumamoto Prefecture||6.5|
|14 April 2016 22:07 JST (13:07 UTC)||Kumamoto Chiho of Kumamoto Prefecture||5.8|
|15 April 2016 00:03 JST (14 April 2016 15:03 UTC)||Kumamoto Chiho of Kumamoto Prefecture||6.4|
|16 April 2016 01:25 JST (15 April 2016 16:25 UTC)||Kumamoto Chiho of Kumamoto Prefecture||7.3|
|16 April 2016 01:45 JST (15 April 2016 16:45 UTC)||Kumamoto Chiho of Kumamoto Prefecture||5.9|
|16 April 2016 03:55 JST (15 April 2016 18:55 UTC)||Aso Chiho of Kumamoto Prefecture||5.8|
|16 April 2016 09:48 JST (00:48 UTC)||Kumamoto Chiho of Kumamoto Prefecture||5.4|
The 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake Portal
Portal website managed by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), a Japanese governmental agency.
Information on the seismic intensity at each location
This web page displays detailed information about each earthquake, recorded by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Japan National Tourism Organization
The Japan National Tourism Organization offers safety tips and information and updates on the availability of transport routes as and when they are restored.