Venue and Date

The 3rd International Symposium on Atomic Level Characterizations for New Materials and Devices '01 (ALC '01) will be held at the Nara-Ken New Public Hall, Nara, Japan from November 11 (Sun.) to 14 (Wed.), 2001, sponsored by the Microbeam Analysis 141 Committee of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
A series of ALC symposium has been held at Kyoto in 1996 and at Maui island of Hawaii in 1997. This is the third time of the symposium.
ALC '01 will be held in conjunction with 13th International Conference on Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry SIMS XIII at the same conference site. During ALC '01, you can audit sessions of SIMS XIII freely.
Nara is one of the most historically important cities in Japan, located about 35 km east of Osaka or south of Kyoto. It was the location of the capital of Japan in ancient times, 710-784 A.D. Many important designated Cultural Assets and National Treasures can be found there, as well as temples, shrines, statues, carvings and paintings. The Nara-Ken New Public Hall is located in Nara Park, about 20 min on foot from downtown Nara. In Nara Park, nature and history is beautifully preserved as it is, which includes Todai-ji Temple, Koufuku-ji Temple, and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Nara Park is also famous for its hundreds of tame deer that roam freely.
The weather in Nara at the middle of November is just moderate and comfortable, with the average high temperatures at 16 oC and average low temperatures at 5 oC. Participants are recommended to bring a jacket or similar clothes for the morning and evening. The convention hall and all major hotels are air-conditioned.
Electricity outlets are AC100 V, 60 Hz. You may need special converters and adapters.
The currency used in Japan is yen (JPY). Foreign currency or traveler's checks can be changed to JPY at major banks, hotels or airports. Only JPY is accepted at stores and restaurants. It is necessary to show your passport when changing traveler's checks. Bills come in units of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 yen, and coins in units of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 yen.
Traveler's checks are not popular in Japan as in some other countries. They are usually accepted only by leading banks and major hotels.
VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club cards are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops and restaurants.
There is no custom of individual tipping in Japan. Instead, a service charge will be included in the bill where applicable. A 5 % sales tax applies to almost all consumer purchases made in Japan.
All travelers entering Japan must have a valid passport. A participant requiring a visa should apply to a Japanese consular office or diplomatic mission in his or her respective country prior to departure. Participants are advised to contact their local travel agencies or airline companies.

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