This is an interdisciplinary study tour conducted by two Bucknell faculty members with the objective of examining the concept of sustainability regarding Japan's power sourses, with special emphasis on nuclear power, the environment, culture and language. We will address the first two topics by visiting Fukushima to learn about the effects of the nuclear disaster of 2011, and by visiting prominient ecologists and environmentalists. Participants will learn about Japanese culture and language and how convention and tradition is beging sustained in the process of continuous cultural/linguistic evolution.

Students participating on the tour will be blogging about their experiences. The blog site can be found at:

Sustainability: Japan's Nuclear Power, Environment, Culture and Language

January 3 - January 12, 2013

ITINERARY - The trip combines the study of current environmental sustainability issues with intensive language and culture training.

Day 1 Afternoon arrival in Tokyo; orientation

Day 2 Day trip to Fukushima: meeting with prefectural officials and international liaisons. During the visit to Fukushima, participants will only be in locations deemed safe by the authorities

Day 3 Meeting with prominent language specialist at Kanto Gakuin University; courtesy call to JF director in Tokyo

Day 4 Travel to Kyoto; historical tour of cultural capital

Day 5 Full-day workshop with local ecologist and environmental consultant

Day 6 Meeting with nuclear expert at Kyoto University, and also traditional recycled‐fiber artist.

Day 7 Travel to Tokyo; conservation/cultural scavenger hunt

Day 8 Depart Japan


A generous grant from The Japan Foundation through its Japan-America Collegiate Exchange Travel Program helped supplement each participant's study trip. In addition, Bucknell University has also provided financial support, including support from the Deans Office for Academic Affairs, the Biology Department and the Department of East Asian Studies.



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