Special issue: The ILC guide to Kitakami 3

Japan might seem difficult to understand at times. There are unwritten rules and a societal order that can trip up foreigners and make communication awkward. But if the ILC comes to Japan, many people will move there from all around the world. So what is really happening there at the moment? What’s it like being a researcher in the region? And what would make life easier for researchers who move there in the future? Our third “Life in Kitakami” special issue addresses all these questions. Here are volumes 1 and 2.

Director's Corner

ILC: What’s happening in Japan

by Lyn Evans

With a technical design well in place and R&D continuing on accelerator and detectors, the community is waiting for the next big milestone to occur towards the realisation of the ILC. Apart from crucial next results from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, all eyes are on the potential ILC host Japan. So what’s happening in Japan? Linear Collider Collaboration Director Lyn Evans takes stock

Around the World

Making Kitakami your home

by Rika Takahashi

A working accelerator and detectors that take accurate data are great – but there’s more to life than that. If the ILC goes to Japan, it will attract scientists from around the world, who will be moving with their partners and families who will need houses, schools, jobs and paperwork. In a symposium held at Oshu city hall, local representatives discussed with potential future residents what it takes to make the ideal ILC town.


The fall and subsequent rise of the ILC project through the eyes of a particle physicist journeyman

by Joykrit Mitra

The ILC project has witnessed some ups and downs in the past decade. The story told through the career of a physicist involved with ILC detector research and development who experienced it directly, from his days as a graduate student till now, as a researcher in Japan.

In the News

  • from Global Construction Review
    17 September 2014

    Arup has been appointed by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) to work out the design and geoengineering of the 100km tunnel that will accommodate the proposed Future Circular Collider (FCC).

  • from Iwate Nippo
    15 September 2014

    一関市主催の「いちのせきサイエンスカフェ」は14日、同市大手町の一関図書館で開かれた。国際リニアコライダー(ILC)の東北誘致に取り組む東北大大学院の佐貫智行准教授が講演した。(On 14 September, Ichinoseki Science cafe was held at city’s public library, and Tomoyuki Sanuki, who is working on to ILC realisation in Tohoku gave a talk.)

  • from New Scientist
    15 September

    Would Scottish science benefit if the country became independent of the UK? Two academics offer contrasting views

  • from Fermilab Today
    11 September 2014

    If you’re a science enthusiast, this week you have likely encountered outlandish headlines invoking Stephen Hawking, the Higgs boson and the end of the universe.

  • from
    8 September 2014

    A new ultra-precise particle detector is being developed to investigate the bizarre properties and behaviors of tiny elementary particles that seem to defy the laws of traditional physics.

  • from Iwate nippo
    7 September 2014

    国際リニアコライダーの測定器「ILD」研究チームによる国際会議は6日、奥州市内で、4日間の日程で始まった。欧州を中心に13カ国から85人が参加。ILCの建設候補地に北上山地(北上高地)が決まったことを受け、周辺の生活環境などについて意見交換した。(4-days international workshop for ILC’s particle detector, ILD has started on 6 September in Oshu city. 85 scientists from 13 countries attended the workshop. They discussed about the living environment in reaction to the decision of Kitakami mountain to be a prime candidate site for the ILC.)

  • from Tanko Nichinichi
    5 September 2014

    水沢区で6日から9日にかけ「ILDミーティング2014」が開かれる。訪れる研究者は80人余り。このうち約半数が外国人だ。ILC誘致とそれに伴う国際研究都市を目指そうとしているだけに、ノウハウを積み重ねる絶好の機会になるかもしれない。(From 6 to 9 September, ILD meeting 2014 will be held in Mizusawa district. About 80 scientists will visit the area, and half of them are from overseas. This will be an ideal opportunity to study the ins and outs to take care of the foreign scientists who might visit or live in the area if the ILC to be built.)