Japan

Focus: Disaster Mitigation & Nuclear to Renewable Transitions

Why Japan?

On March 11, 2011, Fukushima, Japan was hit by Tōhoku's 9.0 magnitude earthquake in addition to a massive tsunami with waves more than 10 meters high. As a result, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant led to three nuclear meltdowns, hydrogen-air chemical explosions, and the release of radioactive material. Leaving more than 160,000 refugees displace from their homes, the effects of Fukushima Daiichi sent waves of concern across the international nuclear industry. Classified as a Level 7 event by the International Nuclear Event Scale, this event was home to one of the world’s largest nuclear disasters.

Nearly three years after the accident, the province of Fukushima has pledged to be sourced by 100% renewable sources by 2040. Today, Fukushima is making strides toward accomplishing this renewable future through solar and off-shore wind initiatives. With a government that remains pro-nuclear, Fukushima's Climate and Energy Department of the World Future Council hopes to set an example for other regions in Japan to follow. Join The GREEN Program as we explore origins of this historic nuclear disaster and discover Fukushima’s newest frontiers as they take on a renewable energy future.

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Location
Fukushima, Japan
Focus
Disaster Mitigation & Nuclear to Renewable Transitions
Program Capacity
20
Length
9 Days
Culture
Japanese
Weather
77°F / 25°C
Reviews
Read
Program Fee
$3900
Sustainable Development Goals
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Program Dates Now Enrolling

  • March 2 - 10, 2019

Vitals

Location
Fukushima, Japan
Focus
Disaster Mitigation & Nuclear to Renewable Transitions
Program Capacity
20
Length
10 Days
Culture
Japanese
Weather
77°F / 25°C
Reviews
Read
Program Fee
$4000
Sustainable Development Goals
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Program Dates Now Enrolling

  • August 4 - 13, 2019


Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. It is located in the northern part of Nakadori, the central region of the prefecture. The city is located in the Fukushima Basin's southwest area and nearby mountains. The population is estimated to be 290,064.

This video shows you a digital tour through Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. With The GREEN Program, we will bring you top secret access and a private tour through the historic power plant with industry professionals!

The Japanese tea ceremony is called Chanoyu, Sado or simply Ocha in Japanese. It is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea. Preparing tea in this ceremony is all about pouring all one's attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is less about drinking tea, and more about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea with intention, love, and care.

"Former Tepco executive Eiju Hangai, who quit the company a few months before the 2011 devastating tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, has built a solar agricultural park near the power plant. The new Fukushima Recovery Solar-Agri Park, contains more than 2,000 solar panels and two air-inflated greenhouse domes. In addition to providing energy for local farmers to produce crops and vegetables, solar panels will also power 170 local households. The project aims to speed up the recovery process of disaster-affected communities in the area and help Fukushima in its effort to become completely self-sufficient by 2040." - Inhabitat.com (Video above is not the same solar-agri park)

Take part in a signature summer event with Japan's fireworks displays. Enjoy fireworks or summer festivals with local people wearing yukata will definitely be an unforgettable experience!

This station produces 65,000 KW, and it is the largest single output plant in the nation. Interest in geothermal energy has been increasing in recent years due to the Japanese energy crisis following the Fukushima disaster and the subsequent closure of most of the country's nuclear power stations. Businesses and the government are currently considering over 60 possible sites for new geothermal power development. Estimates put the total capacity potential of geothermal power at 23 GW, the third largest amount in the world after the United States and Indonesia.

Nuclear decommissioning is the process whereby a nuclear power plant site is dismantled to the point that it no longer requires measures for radiation protection. Conduct an experiment with Fukushima College and learn the steps and processes to properly decommission a nuclear power plant.

Program Experiences

Host University

National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College
 

The Course(s) & Credit

1) Nuclear Safety and 2) Renewable Energy 

  • In class lectures include and are not limited to: 1) Overview of Energy Supply in Japan, 2) Introduction to the Nuclear Power Generation, 3) A Case Study & Site Visit: Aquamarine Fukushima, 4) A Case Study & Site Visit: Tomato Land Wonder Farm, 5) Minami Soma Disaster Rehabilitation, 6) Renewable Energy Class (2), 7) Experiment - The Process of Decomissioning Nuclear Power, 8) Experiment: Experiment of Radiation, 9) Solar, Wind, & Geothermal Power Generation (*Please note that classes are subject to be updated)

  • 2 transferable credits, equal to 30 contact hours

Meet Your Professors:

  • Dr. Shiro Jitsukawa Expertise: Energetic particles (neutrons, ions, and electrons) and the behavior of irradiation induced crystallographic defects in alloys and property changes of nuclear reactor steels; experience in working with the Japanese Anatomic Energy Agency (JAEA), USA-related organizations such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), as well as collaboration with the EU and Russia; currently, a faculty member of the National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College specializing on subjects related to nuclear engineering and safety engineering.

  • Dr. YanBin Xu Expertise: Research specialty in electricity market, power system, renewable energy generation, and smart grids; a specialty professor in the department of electrical engineering; associate professor in the industrial technology system

  • Pre-program GREEN Educational Materials
  • 6 lectures from industry leaders and faculty from Fukushima College (Example courses include: Overview of Energy Supply in Japan, Introductions to Nuclear Power Generation, Nuclear Power Plant Safety & the Accident of Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant, Experiment of The Process of Decomissioning a Nuclear Power Plant, Experiment of Radiation, Renewable Energy in Japan) 
  • 2 academic credits transferable from National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College.
  • "Top Secret" access and private tours into Japan's nuclear and renewable energy power plants (i.e. Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Solar Agriculture Park, Geothermal Power Station, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, and more!)
  • Access and networking opportunities to industry professionals at nuclear and renewable facilities
  • Capstone Project facilitation and panel assessment
  • Japan adventure and cultural excursions (Tea ceremony, Onahama Cruise, summer festivals, geothermal hot springs, historic city explorations, and more!)
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners with local cuisine (We accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free dietary preferences/restrictions)
  • All housing and lodging throughout the program
  • All in-country transportation
  • Exclusive, lifetime membership to the GREEN Alumni Network for job postings, career advice, travel opportunities, networking, industry events, and mentorship. Read more about our Alumni benefits here
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding along with a personal familiarity of the science and technology behind Japan's nuclear and renewable energy systems, and disaster mitigation.
  • Attain a clear grasp of environmental, political, and social impact of nuclear and renewable energy production facilities in historical, present and future context.
  • Develop skills to evaluate energy sources and projects in terms of feasibility within the matrix of technical, economic, environmental, and political implementation.
  • Observe Japan's energy policies, natural resource legislation and other legislative controls impacting the production of electricity in the city and nation.
  • Advance on the vocabulary and concepts essential to commercial energy production, transmission, management and legislation.
  • Develop leadership, teamwork, and networking skills through adventure excursions and exposure to professional industry relationships.
  • Excel within a network of like-minded participants who aspire to work and innovate in the field of energy and sustainability.
  • Gain a critical global perspective and practice skillsets demanded by corporate recruiters today to prepare for accelerated career opportunities. 

 

Day 1 Welcome to Japan!

  • Airport Pickups

  • Meet the Team, Welcome to Fukushima College
  • Check in to Guesthouse
  • Lunch
  • Team building activities 
  • Capstone Project Launch & Development

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Class: Overview of Energy Supply in Japan
  • Class: Introduction to Nuclear Power Generation
  • "Top Secret" Access Site Visit: Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naraha Remote Technology Development Centre
  • Lunch
  • Explore Japan adventure excursion
  • Dinner
  • Capstone Project Ideation

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony
  • Traditional Tororo lunch
  • Class & Site Visit: Aquamarine Fukushima
  • Onahama Cruise and Exploration
  • Dinner
  • Japanese Summer Festival Experience

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Site Visit + Class: Local greenhouse and farming efforts
  • Lunch
  • Site Visit: Former TEPCO executive's Solar Agriculture Park 
  • Dinner
  • Geothermal hot springs resort

Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • Class: Nuclear Power Plant Safety and the Accident of Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant
  • "Top Secret" Access Private Tour: Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
  • Lunch
  • Local adventure excursion, explore Iwaki
  • Dinner
  • Capstone Development

Day 6

  • Breakfast
  • Class: Experiment - The Process of Decommissioning
  • Class: Experiment of Radiation 
  • Lunch
  • Onahama Tour and excursion
  • Dinner
  • Capstone Development

Day 7

  • Breakfast
  • "Top Secret" Access and private tour: Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute (FREA)
  • Exclusive access site visit: Geothermal Power Plant
  • Lunch
  • Visit the historic city of Ouchijuku
  • Dinner in Iwaki
  • Capstone Development

Day 8

  • Breakfast
  • Exploration of Aizu City
  • Local lunch
  • Aizu City Tour
  • Dinner
  • Capstone Development

Day 9

  • Breakfast
  • Capstone finalization
  • Lunch
  • Capstone Presentations
  • Final Dinner with local community

Day 10

  • Breakfast
  • Airport dropoffs and departures

*Note: Itineraries are subject to change 

Health and Safety

Your comfort and safety are our top priority at The GREEN Program which is why our programs are led by trained and certified staff and guides. For specific information about health and safety in the destination you're visiting, we recommend checking current travel advisories through your state department. (U.S. citizens can find more information here.)

On our Japan program students participate in a variety of outdoor activities ranging from hiking, ice fishing, as well as cultural activities including samurai school and soba noodle making. Individuals should be in generally good health and prepared for 1-2 easy to moderate level hikes. It's important to consult a physician about any concerns and make sure that any current medical conditions are communicated to our team during the registration process. 

Our program includes visits to Japan's Atomic Energy Agency as well as Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The U.S. Department of State indicates the following: "The Government of Japan continues to closely monitor the conditions at and around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. You should observe all travel restrictions put into place by the Government of Japan for areas surrounding the plant. U.S. citizens considering travel to affected areas in Fukushima Prefecture should follow current guidance on expected levels of radiation and recommendations for reducing exposure to radiation in these areas." For more information regarding radiation in the area, read more here, and please contact our team directly with any concerns or questions. 

Students are responsible for arranging any necessary vaccinations before their program. You can find the most up to date information and recommendations from the CDC here. Travel health insurance is also compulsory for our programs. 

Please see our Health & Safety page for more information.

Two Options for Savings

We offer two options for payments for students to save on their program fee. The full program fee for the 9-Day Spring Break program is $4100 USD when paid in one installment. It is important to note that spots fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. To make this more feasible, you'll be able to secure your spot for $500 USD with a locked in full program fee. (Note: Full Program Fees listed below). From there, the remainder of the payment will be divided into a 2nd and Final payment. The second payment will be due four weeks after the deposit is made, and final payment is due 6 weeks before the start of the program.

 

Full Payment: $3900 USD

3-Step Payment Plan: $4300 USD

 

For more details on our pricing options please visit our pricing page

 

The GREEN Influencer Program

Students who join our GREEN Influencer program have the opportunity to earn their GREEN Program for half price or even free in return for helping us share our mission for sustainable development. Signing up is simple and we provide you with support and resources to make sharing and standing out as a sustainability advocate in your community easy! You are eligible to join the program whether you are an accepted student looking to make the program financially feasible, a student committed to attend one of our upcoming programs, or an alumni! Sign up here

 

Scholarships, Funding, and University Resources

We understand that funding can be an initial hurdle; however, we've seen our students jump the financing hurdles and make their program a reality. Here are some of the most creative and successful methods our students have used to receive funding. We've seen it all, and know that GREEN students live out the saying "If there is a will, there is a way!" and have earned their spot towards global experiences and opportunities with our programs. We recommend trying a few of these proven methods to help make your program a reality.

 

Two Options for Savings

We offer two options for payments for students to save on their program fee. The full program fee for the 10-Day Summer Break program is $4000 USD when paid in one installment. It is important to note that spots fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. To make this more feasible, you'll be able to secure your spot for $500 USD with a locked in full program fee. (Note: Full Program Fees listed below). From there, the remainder of the payment will be divided into a 2nd and Final payment. The second payment will be due four weeks after the deposit is made, and final payment is due 6 weeks before the start of the program.

 

Full Payment: $4000 USD

3-Step Payment Plan: $4400 USD

 

For more details on our pricing options please visit our pricing page

 

The GREEN Influencer Program

Students who join our GREEN Influencer program have the opportunity to earn their GREEN Program for half price or even free in return for helping us share our mission for sustainable development. Signing up is simple and we provide you with support and resources to make sharing and standing out as a sustainability advocate in your community easy! You are eligible to join the program whether you are an accepted student looking to make the program financially feasible, a student committed to attend one of our upcoming programs, or an alumni! Sign up here

 

Scholarships, Funding, and University Resources

We understand that funding can be an initial hurdle; however, we've seen our students jump the financing hurdles and make their program a reality. Here are some of the most creative and successful methods our students have used to receive funding. We've seen it all, and know that GREEN students live out the saying "If there is a will, there is a way!" and have earned their spot towards global experiences and opportunities with our programs. We recommed trying a few of these proven methods to help make your program a reality.

 

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