The Iwate Prefecture ILC Promotion Council to give an online seminar on September 24th about the latest developments of the project

The original article was published in the Iwate Nippo (September 3rd edition). Read the original here.

The Iwate Prefecture ILC Promotion Council (Chair: YAMURA Kunihisa, chair of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Iwate) will hold an online seminar on September 24th. Preparations for building the ILC are accelerating both domestically and abroad, and we are in a crucial stage where the central government will decide whether or not to host the project. At this seminar, experts will talk about the latest developments of the ILC, and about the significance of its realization.

The seminar will be held on the free online conference service Zoom. There will be three speakers: Professor MORI Toshinori of the University of Tokyo and chair of the Japan Association of High Energy Physicists; Specially-appointed professor YAMASHITA Satoru of the University of Tokyo, and Counsel FUJII Ken of the Tokyu Research Institute.

The International Committee for Future Accelerators established an international development team for the ILC in August of this year. With KEK (Japan’s High Energy Accelerator Research Organization) as their base of operations, they have begun preparations to create the preliminary lab organization to the ILC. Professor Mori will talk about what Japanese researchers are doing to realize the project, while Professor Yamashita will explain the latest progress of the ILC.

Mr. Fujii was formerly a bureaucrat with Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. His talk is entitled, “The ILC Project – serving as an impetus for new development of the rural regions of Japan.” He will explain the concept of an international community living in the hilly regions of Japan, coming together to create a sustainable society that is in harmony with both advanced technology and nature, and cultivating a next generation that will possess an international outlook.

Chair Yamura said, “The ultimate goals of the ILC are to advance science and contribute to mankind. When you take into account the global pandemic of the coronavirus, it will be important to remember that accelerator technology is used in creating medicine. I hope this seminar serves to raise interest in the project from the people of Japan.”