U.S. Under-secretary for Science shows a cooperative attitude towards the ILC at a dialogue with Diet members – “I hope for the project to move forward”

The original article was published in the Iwate Nippo (October 11th edition) . Read the original here.

Paul Dabbar, Under-secretary for Science at the United States Department of Energy, participated in a dialogue with the Liaison Council for the Realization of the ILC (Representative: Hon. Takeo Kawamura of the House of Representatives) on October 10th. Under-secretary Dabbar showed a cooperative attitude, saying, “I hope for the Japanese government to proactively appraise the ILC project and move it forward.”

Under-secretary Dabbar was in Japan for an international forum. Also attending the meeting were Hon. Kawamura, Hon. Shunichi Suzuki (Vice-chair of the Federation of Diet Members for the ILC (FDMILC), Hon. Ryu Shionoya (FDMILC Secretary-general), Hon. Akira Amari (Chair of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Election Strategy Committee), and Hon. Hiroyuki Hosoda (Chair of the non-partisan Science and Techonology Group).

“If Japan decides to host the ILC, then we would like to participate by supporting from a construction management and technology standpoint,” said Under-secretary Dabbar in his opening remarks. “Personally, I would like to support the project by talking with U.S. Congressmen and Senators and getting their support for the project.”

After the dialogue, Hon. Kawamura said, “We got confirmation that we could get support from the U.S. if we decide to host the ILC. I’d like to continue urging the Japanese government to make a decision.”

The Liaison Council is made up of the FDMILC, LDP party organs, and other related organizations.