• Fukushima Nuclear Plant and Disaster Area Field Trip

    YCAPS Field Trip -- 7:15 - 18:00 (JST) 3 September 2022

    A beach in Kamakura shortly before sunset.

    A YCAPS team, Dr. Kyle Cleveland (Temple University Japan) and Dr. David Satterwhite (CIEE) will lead YCAPS members on a minibus tour of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant facility and areas affected by the 2011 tsunami.



    Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022 (7:15 to ~18:00)


    The itinerary for the day is as follows:


    Friday, Sept. 2nd

    • Arrive at Iwaki Station and stay at nearby hotel (transportation to/from Iwaki and hotel reservation/cost covered separately by participants)

    Saturday, Sept. 3rd

    • 7:15 Meet in front of Iwaki Station, orientation, board bus (depart at 7:30 sharp)

    • 8:30 Arrive at TEPCO Welcome Center

    • 9:00-12:50 TEPCO Orientation and Official Tour

    • 12:50-14:00 Lunch at Sakura Mall (meal not included in fee)

    • 14:00-17:00 Bus tour Ukedo Elementary School and other places in the area

    • 17:00-18:00 Bus back to Iwaki Station

    • 18:00 Arrive at Iwaki Station (end of official events)

    • Train back to Tokyo (express trains leave every hour at 17 min past the hour)


    Participants should be prepared for a full day of bus rides and orientation, plus a limited amount of walking. The group size is limited and registration with pre-payment will be necessary.


    In order to enter the secure facility, collection of personal information will be required. Details for payment and handling of personal information will be sent upon preliminary registration. RSVP early as seats are limited. Seats will be confirmed upon receipt of personal details and payment.




    Dr. Kyle Cleveland is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Temple University’s Japan Campus (TUJ), where he is Faculty Director of Study Abroad and Honors Programming. Associate Professor Cleveland’s research interests focus on Japanese popular culture and ethnic identity in relation to globalization and social changes in contemporary Japan. Associate Professor Cleveland supervises both American based university students on short-term study abroad, and locally enrolled students with long-term visa sponsorship who study at TUJ. As the founding Director of TUJ’s Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, he has supervised special programs in Japanese popular culture and visual media studies, organized a lecture series, and produced events and symposia related to contemporary political issues. Through the Wakai Project, he organizes a series of events in which students from various universities, scholars, activists, and media collaborate to address how globalization is affecting youth culture in Japan.


    Dr. David Satterwhite grew up in Kyoto and speaks Japanese with the local accent, in addition to standard Japanese and appropriate levels of speech. David returned to the U.S. to complete his tertiary education, earning his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle, with a post-doctoral fellowship at UC-Berkeley. Prior to joining CIEE, David held directorship roles at the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan) and The Economist Group-Japan. He also taught at Temple University’s Japan campus and Waseda University, both in Tokyo, and served on the board of several NPO’s, including the ACCJ.


    Format: In-person Mini-bus and walking tour

    Preregistration: Please contact info@ycaps.org. You will receive details regarding the full registration process.

    Please note that there is a limit to how many people can attend. Once the limit has been reached, no further entries will be accepted. Additionally, the full registration deadline(with completed payment and needed documentation) is August 10th.

    Cost: 15,000 yen. (online prepayment) (personal travel to/from Iwaki and overnight hotels are not included in this cost- example hotel/train booking recommendations/costs will be provided to registered attendees)
    Hosts: Dr. Kyle Cleveland(Temple University Japan) and Dr. David Satterwhite (CIEE)