The GREEN Japan Program
explores the origins of the historic nuclear disaster of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and the recent developments of renewable energy production. Courses are taught by the National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College and participants gain exclusive access and tours to the leading energy facilities such as the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, the decommissioned Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute. The cultural and adventure aspects of our program include events such as a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, a trip to Snow Monkey Park, and a traditional Japanese archery experience!
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.