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Gov’t, Fukushima plan to build new education hub along coast hit by nuclear accident

  • February 19, 2018
  • , Nikkei , p. 9
  • JMH Translation

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Fukushima prefectural government, and other organizations are planning to turn the prefecture’s coastal area devastated by the nuclear accident involving Tokyo Electric Power Co. into a new education hub that will house private and public research institutes studying subjects such as radiation and soil restoration. They are looking for tie-ups with the University of Tokyo, Tohoku University and several other educational institutes and considering setting up new undergraduate and graduate schools in 2020 and beyond.

 

The project is part of the “Fukushima Innovation Coast Scheme,” which is promoted by METI and the Reconstruction Agency to breathe life into local communities in Fukushima by conducting pilot projects on the decommissioning of reactors, robotic technology, and agriculture.

 

Since the onset of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, Fukushima’s coastal area has served as a research hub for a dozen universities, including the University of Tokyo and Tohoku University, to study the nuclear accident and regional reconstruction. Under the new project, these research facilities will be consolidated to facilitate students’ studying and learning about reconstruction efforts. A site for the construction of the new facility will be selected in fiscal 2018 or later.

 

At the research and educational hub, universities are expected to share their facilities with each other and cooperate in holding classes and conducting research. The project will also solicit the participation of private firms and promote collaboration among government, industry, and academia. (Abridged)

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