Big science in small town Japan
News On Japan via guardian.co.uk -- Apr 22
Hundreds of particle physicists are descending once more on the sleepy village of Tokai-mura in Eastern Japan. Over the next week we will discuss the present and future of an experiment that many have devoted several years of their lives to. An experiment that will forge a path into a new era of understanding the creation of our Universe.
The ND280 detector The ND280 detector, part of T2K.
The Tokai to Kamioka experiment (T2K for short) restarted last month, a year after the massive eastern Japanese earthquake shut it down after just months of operation. The experiment is once again firing an intense beam of neutrino particles 295km through the crust of the Earth from Tokai-mura to the Japanese alps in the West. In looking at the particles at the start of their journey and again at their final destination we are looking for neutrinos changing their sense of exactly what they are.
|| Spectacular snow walls |
| || People enjoy viewing the 15-meter snow walls of the Yuki no Otani (Great Snow Valley), along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route that passes through the Northern Japan Alps to link Toyama and Nagano prefectures. (The Japan News ) |
|| Anne Frank vandalism suspect to face psychiatric test |
| || Tokyo prosecutors plan to look into whether a man, who has been arrested for allegedly vandalizing copies of Anne Frank's diary, is mentally competent to be held criminally responsible for his actions, informed sources said Wednesday. (Jiji Press ) |
|| Hakamada makes first public appearance as reprieve pends |
| || Apparently perplexed but thrilled to find himself in the spotlight, Iwao Hakamada, formerly the world's longest-serving death-row inmate, made his first public appearance Monday in Tokyo since being released from prison and hospitalized. (Japan Times ) |
|| 3 family members, one relative found dead in Aichi |
| || Aichi prefectural police are investigating a possible link between the discovery of the bodies of a husband and wife and their eldest son, and the body of a male relative of the deceased family who was found hanging by his neck in a hotel. (Japan Today ) |
|| Body of missing worker from Okinotori atoll accident found |
| || The body of one of two missing workers who died on March 30 after a floating pier overturned while being unloaded from a barge during construction work on a remote rocky atoll, was found on Sunday, the coast guard said. (Japan Today ) |