New men’s dormitory completed

A new men’s dormitory for participants, volunteers and staff members was completed on the ARI campus last Thursday. The new construction is part of the rebuilding efforts of ARI, after the March 11, 2011 earthquake disaster. The new dormitory is divided into two parts. One big building is for training participants, volunteers and working visitors, a smaller one is meant for on-campus staff, couples and special guests. Vastly improved from the previous dormitory, the new constructions include new features such as solar panels for hot water and floor heating, special windows for better insulation, more storage and a communal room. Funding for the dormitory was mainly provided by the kind … Read more…

Dedication ceremony of the new Koinonia building and classroom building held

On September 22 (Sat), ARI hold a dedication ceremony for the opening of the new Koinonia and classroom buildings, as well as a memorial ceremony for the former Chair of the Board, the late Dr. Akira Niwa, in the large Koinonia dining hall. Dr. Niwa, whose family attended these ceremonies, had suddenly passed away on June 25. Nearly 200 people, including 130 guests from outside and ARI-related members, expressed their thanks to God during the dedication service and remembered Dr. Niwa who devoted all his strength for the reconstruction of ARI after the 2011 earthquake disaster. Photos: Peter Yoshiharu McNicoll

Notice on the radiation situation of ARI

We are receiving numerous inquiries concerning the radioactive contamination of the Asian Rural institute from individuals and groups interested in visiting us. We hope the summary of our situation (as of June 2012) below will serve as a reference. 1) How high is the radioactivity in the air at ARI? We are continuing radiation measurements of six defined outdoor points on our campus. Since February 2012 the measurement results have been even. The average amounts to about 0.2 – 0.4 μsv/hour outdoors and 0.08 – 0.17μsv/ hour indoors. Suppose you worked a maximum time of 7.5 hours outdoors and spent the rest of the day (16.5 hours) indoors your daily … Read more…

Important Notice regarding the 2012 ARI Training Program

Important Notice regarding the 2012 ARI Training Program related to the Eastern Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident December 16, 2011 On March 11, 2011 Japan was struck by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake which triggered a massive tsunami. These caused significant destruction in eastern Japan, including severe damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima Prefecture. Nine months have passed since this disaster and these days there is virtually no international news coverage these events. This does not mean that everything is back to normal. While there has been a lot of progress in cleanup and rebuilding, there is still a lot of work to be … Read more…