International Forum Day 1

What kind of event is this forum?
The forum is an event for members of the local community, people interested in the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi NPS, and officials from organizations and companies carrying out the decommissioning to come together under one roof and discuss the decommissioning process and the future of the local community.

Since it is an international forum, we expect people from other countries to attend who are interested in the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi NPS. By having participants from a wide range of backgrounds talk together about their thoughts and ideas, we hope to promote better understanding of the current state of the decommissioning process and of the local community. All our plans for the forum are directed at achieving this type of event.
What will actually happen at the event?
The event is divided into five main sessions: Learning, Discussion, Consolidation, Discourse, and Connection.
Learning Session
We plan to invite speakers to talk about the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi NPS and other topics.
Discussion Session
We will divide all attendees into groups to discuss the speakers’ presentations in a workshop format on Daiichi decommissioning. The ideas and opinions generated by the groups will be recorded and summarized on paper and other materials.
Consolidation Session
This workshop, taking place during the lunch break, will summarize the ideas and opinions from the Discussion Session into a single large illustration. The workshop is scheduled to take place in an open space at the venue. Anyone can participate in this session.
Discourse Session
This will be a panel discussion between decommissioning officials and panelists from the local community, based on the ideas and opinions of all attendees summarized on the single large illustration created in the Consolidation Session. Two facilitators are planned to guide the proceedings. The progress of the panel discussion will be recorded with illustrations. We also plan to ensure everyone in attendance can communicate.
Connection Session
For this session, the illustrations summarizing the panel discussion will be placed near the venue’s exit. We are planning ways for everyone to give their opinions on the content of the panel discussion.
Is parking available?
Free parking is available at the Tomioka Town Art & Media Center. Please follow the directions of the onsite parking attendants. As spaces are limited, we would appreciate it if you could carpool with others.
Is there any means of transport from JR Tomioka Station to the venue?
A shuttle bus will run from in front of Tomioka Station to the venue. Please speak to the onsite attendants for directions.
Is there a bus service that goes directly to the venue?
We will arrange for bus services from within Fukushima Prefecture, according to how many people sign up at registration. The main departure points are likely to be Fukushima, Koriyama, Aizuwakamatsu, Tamura, Kawauchi, Kawamata, Katsurao, Iitate, Minamisoma, and Namie. Please indicate your preference for a shuttle bus when you register.
Where can I have lunch?
There are no restaurants offering lunch in the vicinity of the Tomioka Town Art & Media Center that can handle the expected number of attendees. We will also arrange events and sessions people can attend during the lunch break. Therefore, we plan to provide a free bento-style lunch using local produce and water for all attendees.
What else can I see or hear at the forum?
We have several events planned during the lunch break.
Community Action Poster Session
This poster session presents activities connected to Fukushima’s recovery. We plan to highlight each areas’ initiatives using large posters.
Tour of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)’s Collaborative Laboratories for Advanced Decommissioning Science (CLADS)
JAEA will open its laboratory, which is adjacent to the Forum venue, to the public on this day. Take this opportunity to see what kind of cutting-edge research is taking place right in Tomioka, Fukushima.
Luncheon Workshops
We are planning to use several rooms for various workshop-style dialog sessions during the lunch break. We will post the details and locations presently. You are free to come and go between workshops as you please.
Tomioka Town Art & Media Center’s permanent exhibition
The Tomioka Town Art & Media Center features a permanent library and exhibition of virtual-reality devices to view Tomioka before and after the 2011 earthquake. The library has a section with books on the Great East Japan Earthquake and the post-earthquake restoration. We encourage everyone to peruse the exhibits.

International Forum Day 2

What kind of event is this forum?
The forum is an event intended for technical experts interested in technological aspects of the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi NPS. The aim is to develop further understanding of the latest accurate information on the decommissioning process through presentations of case studies from Japan and abroad. Although this event involves more technical language than the previous day’s event, the event is open to non-technical people as well.
What will actually happen at the event?
The event is divided into three main parts: Presentations, Technical Poster Session, and Panel Discussion.
We will invite speakers to talk about the most recent information on case studies applicable to facilitating the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi NPS. We will post the topics to be presented on our website presently.
Technical Poster Session
We have invited a wide range of people to present posters on R&D related to the Daiichi decommissioning and potential technologies as well as on past cases of decommissioning of failed reactors and shutdown measures for ordinary reactor decommissioning. At previous forums, there have been around 100 presentations from both Japan and abroad. This is an opportunity to communicate with technical experts at the forefront of various research fields.
Panel Discussion
The panel discussion will feature professionals on shutting down nuclear power stations from around the world under one roof to examine ways of proceeding with the Daiichi decommissioning.
Is parking available?
No free parking is available at the Alios Iwaki Performing Arts Center. If you come by car, please use a parking lot in the vicinity. You can find information about nearby parking below.Parking near the Alios Iwaki Performing Arts Center
Is there any means of transport from JR Iwaki Station to the venue?
There is no public transportation from JR Iwaki Station. You may walk or arrange transportation on your own. You can find information on taxi services in the area below.

 Amako Taxi +81-246-21-1234
 Joko Taxi +81-246-29-2343
 Taira Taxi +81-246-22-3071
 Ishii Taxi +81-246-39-3939
 Heiwa Taxi +81-246-23-0777
 Hotoku Kanko Taxi +81-246-23-6111

Where can I have lunch?
There are restaurants near the Alios Iwaki Performing Arts Center, but seating is limited. You can order a lunch using the Forum’s system when you register. ”Please understand we can accept lunch reservations and cancellations no later than Thursday, July 4.”