Local scientists considered the project of a new 20-kilometer collider too technically difficult, and besides, it would have to be paid for mainly by Japan.
The Japanese Academic Council spoke out against the construction of the International Linear Collider, according to NHK. A giant particle accelerator with a length of 20 km and a cost of $6.2 billion was supposed to appear in the Kitakami mountains in the northeast of the country. The project was considered too expensive and difficult – very heavy for the country.
Responding to the official request of the Ministry of Science, members of the academic council noted that they recognized the enormous scientific significance of the project. However, they did not reach a consensus whether this justified its high cost.
Considering that the country in which the collider is being built, the Japanese scientists decided to refrain from supporting the project assumes the bulk of the costs. In addition, they are concerned about the technical difficulties associated with its implementation.
Council members noted that the final decision on the fate of the collider should be made by the government after additional analysis. At the same time, they made it clear that the collider is only a special case. They called for a general review of attitudes towards expensive international projects related to the construction of large-scale experimental facilities.
Supporters of the project continue to believe that it will push the development of Japanese science, primarily elementary particle physics, and attract scientists from around the world to the country. But do they need other scientists, while Japanese scientists are one of the best?
The question of the future of the International Linear Collider should be decided before March 2019. The Nature publication even included the possible start of its construction in the list of the main scientific events of the next year.