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Interactions NewsWire #10-16:
16 May 2016 http://www.interactions.org
Source: TRIUMF
Content: Press Release
Date Issued: 16 May 2016

Canada and Japan usher in a new era of partnership in physics research

Canada's Minister of Science commemorates the newly established TRIUMF branch office at Japan's KEK

(Tsukuba, Japan/Vancouver, Canada) – On Sunday, May 15, The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s Minister of Science, welcomed a new era of world-class scientific partnership between Canada and Japan as she unveiled the new TRIUMF branch office located at Japan’s KEK. Minister Duncan was joined by dignitaries from both laboratories to perform the ribbon cutting, celebrating the research collaboration between these two hubs for subatomic physics research.

The new branch office, which is also shared with CERN, follows the recent signing of a new partnership agreement this past December by Dr. Jonathan Bagger, Director of TRIUMF – Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science – and Dr. Masanori Yamauchi, Director General of KEK – The High Energy Accelerator Research Organization in Japan. This agreement enhances research collaborations between the two labs to answer questions on areas ranging from the breadth and composition of the universe to topics closer to home, such as the properties of advanced materials.

“As world leaders in subatomic physics, TRIUMF and KEK have forged an extraordinary collaboration that continues to unlock new opportunities to advance this important field,” said The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science in Canada. “I congratulate both organizations on this new milestone and wait in anticipation to see the strides in fundamental research that will undoubtedly come out of this new era of innovation and partnership between our two countries.”

"For decades, TRIUMF and KEK have been recognized internationally in the areas of subatomic physics, accelerator science and materials science,” said KEK Director General Dr. Masanori Yamauchi. “Through our growing partnership, we will continue to be global leaders in advancing these areas of research, as well acting as pillars of scientific co-operation.”

“The opening of this new branch office represents not just a strengthening of the partnership between TRIUMF and KEK, but also the importance of collaboration on the global scale,” said Dr. Jonathan Bagger, TRIUMF Director. “I look forward to the leaps that TRIUMF and KEK will make together to advance discovery and innovation at home and abroad.”

TRIUMF and KEK have numerous shared projects in the areas of subatomic physics, accelerator science, and materials science. Current efforts include the T2K and Belle II experiments in Japan, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and the proposed International Linear Collider The hope of this new office and indeed the new partnership agreement is to advance scientific discovery through enhanced bilateral collaboration.


Carla Rodrigo
Communications Assistant

Saeko Okada
Head of Communication
High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)


TRIUMF is Canada’s national laboratory for particle nuclear physics and accelerator-based science.We are an international centre for discovery and innovation, advancing fundamental, applied, and interdisciplinary research for science, medicine, and business. Owned and operated by a university consortium, TRIUMF trains and inspires future leaders in science and technology. Our laboratory is a hub for inquiry and ingenuity, a Canadian centre of excellence deeply integrated into the global scientific community. TRIUMF’s multidisciplinary team of over 500 staff and trainees collaborates with Canadian and international users who visit the laboratory to leverage our world-class facilities. Together, we drive compelling research and develop ideas and innovations that benefit humanity. www.triumf.ca

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KEK is one of the world's leading accelerator science research laboratories covering broad fields of sciences from particle physics to material structure science, using high-energy particle beams and synchrotron light sources. With its state-of-the-art accelerators, KEK is advancing our understanding of the universe that surrounds us, its mechanisms and their control. As a center of excellence that promotes collaborative research, KEK is taking a major role implementing the Belle II project, the T2K experiment and materials and molecules research conducted at the Photon Factory (PF) and J-PARC as well. Over 600 scientists, engineers, students and staff perform research activities on the Tsukuba and Tokai campuses. KEK attracts nearly 10,000 national and international researchers every year (person), and provides excellent research facilities and opportunities to many students and post-doctoral fellows each year. http://www.kek.jp/en/

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