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Notice: Fukushima Press Tour

post date : 2017.09.21

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Fukushima Press Tour


This press tour will visit Fukushima,

six years after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

<Wednesday, October 11 to Thursday, October 12, 2017>




[Tour Topics]

1.Current state of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and

  measures for decommissioning and handling contaminated water

2.Fukushima’s efforts to ensure food safety



 



 

 

[Tour Stops]


Topic 1

Current state of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and

measures for decommissioning and handling contaminated water


Tokyo Electric Power Company Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

<Naraha Remote Technology Development Center>


At the Tokyo Electric Power Company Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the tour will cover measures for decommissioning and handling contaminated water. At the Naraha Remote Technology Development Center, the tour will cover robots being developed and tested in order to help with decommissioning and other tasks.

 

 

*At Fukushima Daiichi, two representatives will take pool video and photographs (one to take video, one to take still photos).

*You may not enter the reactor building.





<Topic 2>

Fukushima’s efforts to ensure food safety


After the nuclear accident, in order to ensure the safety of food products made in Fukushima multiple tests are carried out at each stage of production, transportation, and consumption. In addition to government efforts, by carrying out multiple tests at each stage in collaboration with producers and distributors it is ensure that only those products whose safety has been confirmed are shipped out.

This press tour will visit the Fukushima Agricultural Technology Centre and a fishing port, to hold interviews and observe radiation monitoring tests.

 

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Fukushima Prefectural Office

Members of the Fukushima prefectural government will give a briefing on reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake in Fukushima, and information such as how many evacuees have returned.

 

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Fukushima Agricultural Technology Centre

The Fukushima Agricultural Technology Centre has carried out radiation monitoring tests of all agricultural, forestry, and marine products manufactured for sale produced in Fukushima prefecture since the nuclear accident. For each category, they take samples from several areas with the highest contamination risk in each municipality, and use 11 germanium semiconductor detectors to check radiation levels. Numerous products are tested, 493 categories in all, including grains, vegetables, fruits, river fishes and seafood, mushrooms, sansai [mountain vegetables], raw milk, meat, chicken eggs, and feed crops. Products that do not pass this test before shipping cannot be sold, so this system ensures no products with radiation above regulation levels come out of Fukushima prefecture.

 

An explanation will be given of the testing system for Fukushima agricultural, forestry, and marine products that has been carried out since the nuclear accident, the regulation levels for radiation, and the changes in radiation levels being detected since the nuclear accident. There will also be an opportunity to see a sample being prepared for testing, and to see a test using the germanium semiconductor detector, from a separate room*.

 

*Be aware that filming and photographing inside the test room and preparation room will be done with pool coverage by a few representatives.

 

 

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Fukushima Marine Products Test Station

With the Fukushima Marine Products Test Station’s research boats and cooperation by members of the fishing industry, every week 150 to 200 specimens of fish and other shellfish are tested for radioactive cesium. At the Marine Products Test Station, they record information about the collected specimens such as their size, sex, and what they have eaten, and then send the filleted specimens to the Fukushima Agricultural Technology Centre.

At the Fukushima Marine Products Test Station, the tour will hear about Fukushima’s policies on shipping marine products, and the testing system in place to support those policies.

 

※The Fukushima Marine Products Test Station is currently under renovation. The briefing will be held at the facility at Onahama Port.

 

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Onahama Port

At Onahama Port, voluntary radiation tests are performed on the fish caught that day so consumers can feel safe eating it. The Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations set their guidelines for acceptable radiation levels to ship fish at 50 becquerels per kilogram. This is in order to ensure that they will never sell any fish with radiation levels over those set by the national government, 100 becquerels per kilogram. There will be an explanation of the voluntary testing at the port, followed by interviews.

 

 

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Spa Resort Hawaiians

The manager will explain about how Spa Resort Hawaiians was built in the coal-mining town of Iwaki, the recovery of tourism after suffering major damage in the Great East Japan Earthquake, and promoting regional development with hula girls.

 

 

 







[Tour Details]


 

1. Itinerary

Wednesday, October 11 to Thursday, October 12, 2017

 (Schedule may change due to weather or other issues.)


<DAY 1:  Wednesday, October 11>

06:50

Meet at Tokyo Station

07:12

Depart from Tokyo Station (Shinkansen)

08:48

Arrive at Fukushima Station

AM

Fukushima Prefectural Office (Briefing on reconstruction)

AM

Fukushima Agricultural Technology Centre *1 

(Briefing on distribution of Fukushima agricultural products, radiation monitoring tests)

PM

Fukushima Marine Products Test Station *2

(Briefing on policies for distribution of Fukushima marine products and marine product testing)

PM

Spa Resort Hawaiians

(Briefing on tourism recovery, promotion of regional development)

Night

Stay at hotel in Iwaki

*1  Pool coverage by a few representatives will be done for the test room and preparation room.

*2    The Fukushima Marine Products Test Station is currently under renovation.

        The briefing will be held at the facility at Onahama Port.

 

 

<DAY 2:  Thursday, October 12>

 

08:00

 

Leave hotel

8:30-9:30

 

Onahama Port

(Voluntary radiation testing of seafood, interviews)

 

11:00-16:00


Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station *3


17:00-18:00


Naraha Remote Technology Development Center

(Robots being developed and tested in order to help

with decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi)

19:18

 

Depart Iwaki Station

 

21:44

 

Arrive at Tokyo Station

 

*3  At Fukushima Daiichi, two representatives will take pool video and photographs.



2. Qualification:

  Bearer of Gaimusho Press Registration Card, in principle

 

3. Cost:

  15,000 yen per person including transportation, accommodation, and lunches.

  (FPCJ will later inform the participants of the methods for payment, cancellation fee, etc.)

 

4. Participants:

  Limited to 10 applicants.

  (Only one reporter and one photographer from each company, but two participants

  from each TV team will be acceptable.)

  *If the number of applicants exceeds 10, an upper limit may be set on the number of

  participants from each country/region.


5. Remarks:

- This press tour is organized by the FPCJ.

- Schedule may change due to weather or other issues.

- FPCJ will later inform the participants of the methods for payment, cancellation fee, etc.

- This press tour will require participants to bear part of the cost, but is not a profit-making venture.

- FPCJ will not be liable for any inconvenience, trouble or accidents that might occur during the tour.

- There may be some restrictions on photographing and filming at the tour sites.

  Please follow the instructions of the staff in charge.

- The FPCJ’s press tours are intended to provide opportunities for news coverage.

  We request that all participants contact us after their reports, are published or aired,

  and send us a copy of the content of their coverage (article, video, or audio in the case of radio).

  When your report is in a language other than English or Japanese, we also ask you provide a summary

  in Japanese or English.

  With receiving your application, we assume that you agree to these conditions.

 

6. FPCJ contacts:

Tomomi Yoshitake (Ms.) , Kiyomi Obo (Ms.)

Tel: 03-3501-3405,

E-mail: ma@fpcjpn.or.jp

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