東京大学大学院 情報学環・学際情報学府 The University of Tokyo III / GSII


February 2, 2024

レポート:福島学カレッジ・東京フィールドワークReport: The "Fukushima Studies College: Tokyo Fieldwork"








〈LINKS〉福島学カレッジWEB: https://www.fukushimagaku-c.org/


The “Fukushima Studies College: Tokyo Fieldwork” was held over three days, December 26-28, 2023, based at the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies. This event was part of a research experience program for middle and high school students, planned and operated in collaboration with the Hiroshi Kainuma Laboratory and The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum (located in Futaba Town, Fukushima Prefecture).

Amid growing attention to higher education collaborations and STEAM education, this program aimed to enable students to engage in interdisciplinary research on topics such as disasters, societal challenges, and the intersection of radiation, energy, and society. Twelve students from across the country participated and experienced the cutting edge of field research through activities like campus tours, interviews with officials in Kasumigaseki, and seminars with graduate students.

During the campus tour, participants visited various faculties and research departments, learning about research and educational initiatives aligned with their interests. They also met with Professor Nobuyoshi Akimitsu at the Isotope Research Center, who is deeply involved with reconstruction in Fukushima, and learned about his role in connecting the University Museum with Naraha Town and the establishment of The Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum.

The visit to Kasumigaseki, conducted with the support of graduate students and professionals, featured insights from Kiyoshi Tachibana, a Master’s student in the Social-information and Communication Studies Course, on reconstruction policies based on his experience at the Fukushima Prefectural Office, and from Hinano Baji, another Master’s student in the same course, on the significance of balancing her role as both an administrator and a researcher. Participants also visited the Japan National Press Club to learn about the role of media and journalism.

The seminar, based on the participants’ research plans, included discussions with Yuka Kasai, a Ph.D. student in the Social-information and Communication Studies Course, who is studying the reconstruction of the Namie Town community in Fukushima, and Xinzhe Bu, a Master’s student in the same course, researching Chinese social media discourse on Fukushima. These discussions provided different perspectives for the participants.

Among the feedback from the participants, one student said he gained a clearer vision of his future and understood the importance of identifying problems in immediate tasks to generate new ideas. Another participant was intrigued by the idea of applying technologies developed in Fukushima’s reconstruction to other regions.

In a changing landscape where the roles of universities in society and the relationship between higher and secondary education are evolving, programs like this may suggest possible directions for these changes. The III and GSII plan to continue creating such opportunities in the future.

〈LINKS〉Fukushima College WEB(Japanese): https://www.fukushimagaku-c.org/

Text and Photos: Hiroshi Kainuma (Associate Professor)
English proofreading: David Buist (Project Senior Specialist)

主担当教員Associated Faculty Members


開沼 博
  • 社会情報学コース

Associate Professor

KAINUMA, Hiroshi
  • Socio-information and communication studies course