General Information


Visitors from countries whose citizens must have visas should apply to a Japanese consular office or diplomatic mission in their respective country. For details, please contact your travel agent or the local consular office in your country.


The weather in Fukuoka during the period of the conference is typically sunny with temperature ranges between 13°C and 21°C.

Currency Exchange

Only Japanese yen (JPY, ¥) is acceptable at regular stores and restaurants. Certain foreign currencies may be accepted at a limited number of hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. You can exchange your currency with Japanese yen at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers on presentation of your passport.

Traveler's Checks and Credit Cards

Traveler's checks are accepted only by leading banks and major hotels in principal cities, and the use of traveler's checks in Japan is not as popular as in some other countries. VISA, Master Card, Diners Club, and American Express are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, restaurants and nightclubs.


In Japan, tips are not necessary anywhere, even at hotels and restaurants.

Electrical Appliances

Japan operates on 100 volts for electrical appliances. The frequency is 50 Hz in eastern Japan including Tokyo, and 60 Hz in western Japan including Fukuoka.


To secure ICO endorsement, the organizers have provided assurance that MOC '15 will be conducted in accordance with IUPAP principles as stated in the ICSU-Document "Universality of Science" (sixth edition, 1989) regarding the free circulation of scientists for international purposes. In particular, no bona fide scientist will be excluded from participation on the grounds of national origin, nationality, or political considerations unrelated to science.


MOC'15 Conference Co-chair
Ryuichi Katayama (Fukuoka Inst. Tech.)
Phone: +81-92-606-3135

Yukio Ogura
2325-26 Shimokawai-cho, Asahi-ku, Yokohama 241-0806, Japan
Phone: +81-80-5412-0844