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2017/07/20

Minister for Reconstruction, Tours the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, AIST

 On Wednesday, July 5th, Masayoshi Yoshino, Minister for Reconstruction, toured the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, AIST in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture.

President Ryoji Chubachi started the tour by greeting Minister Yoshino, and was followed by Vice-President Tetsuhiko Kobayashi, who gave an outline of AIST, and Director-General Masaru Nakaiwa who gave an outline of FREA.
Following these formalities, Minister Yoshino proceeded to tour the institute itself, and was told about the products undergoing prototype development through the Program for Promoting Technologies Invented by Industry in Disaster Areas in Tohoku* by two local companies (Kunimine Industries Co., Ltd. and Sanno Co., Ltd.). Next, Hirohide Furutani, Director of the Renewable Energy Research Center, explained various research themes in the Renewable Energy Demonstration Field and the Energy Management Building. Finally, Minister Yoshino viewed the Smart System Research Facility, where we conduct tests and evaluations of large power conditioners.
 *Program for Promoting Technologies Invented by Industry in Disaster Areas in Tohoku: Provides support for commercializing renewable energy related technologies and know-how held by companies located in the three prefectures struck by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami (Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures).
http://www.fukushima.aist.go.jp/seeds/index.html (*This site is available only in Japanese.)
地元企業が開発中の試作品についてご説明をお聞きになる吉野復興大臣(中央)の写真
Minister for Reconstruction Yoshino (center) listening
to an explanation of prototypes being developed by local companies.
  スマートシステム研究棟電波暗室についてご説明をお聞きになる吉野復興大臣(右)の写真
Mr. Yoshino (right) listening to an explanation in the
Smart System Research Facility’s electromagnetic
wave anechoic chamber.