What is CROSS
Up until now, the Comprehensive Research Organization for Science and Society (CROSS) has concentrated its activities mainly in the Tsukuba area. Tokai is located in the same regional government area as Tsukuba (Ibaraki Prefecture) and has a long history in atomic energy research and development. Tokai is also a center for science and technology. In particular, Tokai boasts J-PARC – the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex – construction of which began in 2001 and was completed in 2008. The product of a collaboration between the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), J-PARC is an iconic symbol of the benefits and advantages that can derive from of inter-agency cooperation.
Recognizing an opportunity to expand its activities beyond the Tsukuba area, the CROSS-Tokai office was established in April 2010. The office is located in the Ibaraki Quantum Beam Research Centre (IQBRC) building in Tokai Village.
While conducting a one-year survey of the utilization of neutron and other quantum beams, the CROSS-Tokai office, together with the CROSS Head Office in Tsuchiura, prepared an application to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to be appointed as the “Registered Institution for Facility Use Promotion” for the public-access neutron beam facilities at J-PARC. This application was submitted in February 2011 and the appointment of CROSS-Tokai to the role was confirmed the following month. Accordingly, CROSS-Tokai commenced its activities as the “Registered Institution for Facility Use Promotion” (RI) on the 1st of April, 2011.