Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Japan visited KEK September 27th, 2023.

His Excellency Dr. Sergiy Korsunsky, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Japan, visited KEK Tsukuba Campus on September 27, 2023.
Ukraine has joined the Belle II Experiment, an international collaboration hosted by KEK, since March 2013 and the Ukrainian group contributes to the maintenance and the monitoring of the Belle II detector and physical analysis using experimental data.

During the introductory session, Director General Masanori Yamauchi explained the successful collaboration history between KEK and National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv Group on the Belle II Experiment and their broad contribution to the project, from basic research activities such as analysis of experimental data and beam backgrounds to a forefront R & D of such as machine learning methods. The DG mentioned that 6 students are joining in the project to achieve their theses additionally from the Kyiv group’s 4 members, and Ukrainian researchers who are working for institutes outside of Ukraine are also collaborating with the project.

H. E. Dr. Sergiy Korsunsky expressed his gratitude for support of collaboration activities between Ukraine and Japan, between KEK and Ukrainian research institutions, as well as hope for further development of such cooperation.

With Ukrainian researchers working on the Belle II in the Tsukuba Experimental Hall Dr. Sergiy Korsunsky Ambassador of Ukraine to Japan (fourth from the left), Dr. Yutaka Ushiroda, Professor and Belle II Project Manager, Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies (IPNS), KEK (third from the left)

H. E. Dr. Sergiy Korsunsky took a facility tour of Belle II Detector and Photon Factory.
A group photo was taken in front of the Ukrainian national flag in the Tsukuba Experimental Hall. H. E. Dr. Sergiy Korsunsky stated that he was deeply impressed by the high level of equipment used for experiments: “Definitely, this project substantially contributes to our understanding of nature and the universe.”