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3.14. Director Sekimoto attends INSAC-2008 and visits Atomic Research Centers and Power Reactor Sites in India

Director Sekimoto attended the 19th Annual Conference of the Indian Nuclear Society (INSAC-2008) held in Mumbai during 24-26 November, 2008, as a member of Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) delegation (Leader: Mr. T. Hattori, President, JAIF). He presented a lecture on “Practical Design of CANDLE Fast Reactor”.

Lecture at INSAC-2008

During the Conference, Director visited Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) as a member of JAIF delegation, and met Dr. A. Kakodkar, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission again after nearly 20 yeas’ separation, who attended SR/TIT held at Tokyo Tech in 1991. Director met also Dr. S. K. Jain, Chairman, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), and performed fruitful information exchange.

The members moved to Chennai on 27 November, and visited Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS, heavy water power reactor), Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR, under construction), and other facilities. Chennai area was flooded by cyclone, but the tour was successfully done by well organized preparation of the hosts.

At IGCAR (left: Leader Mr. Hattori)

In the evening on the last day in Mumbai, Director was invited to the home-dinner prepared by Prof. Doshi (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombei), who is his old friend and studied together about 35 years ago in US. During his way to the hotel after the dinner, he met strong traffic jam caused by one of the terror attacks occurred in several places in Mumbai at that time, but he could come to hotel safely.