Greeting from Director of JST Singapore Office

Director of JST Singapore office
Emi Kaneko
Singapore Office
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Thank you for visiting the website of the JST Singapore Office. I am Emi Kaneko, director since April 1, 2019

Frequently asked questions:
"What are the functions of JST's overseas offices?”
My answer:
"Please think of the office as a miniature JST."

JST is an organization with an annual budget of about 114 billion yen, its three activity pillars being the "planning and proposal of R&D strategy co-creating the future", "creation of knowledge and transformation to economic and social value", and "promotion of future co-creation and the nurturing of human resources”. JST carries out these activities in collaboration with related universities, research institutes, companies and schools.

The Singapore office is a gateway connecting Southeast Asia and South Asia to Japan's universities, research institutes and companies, and vice versa.

The following are descriptions of activities conducted with Southeast Asian and South Asian people, and think tank functions that contribute to JST's three key activity pillars.

1. Multi-lateral funding program (e-ASIA Joint Research Program)
A program for countries participating in the East Asia Summit, working together to find science & technology solutions to global problems affecting Southeast Asia.

2. Sakura Science Plan
A program inviting overseas high school students to Japan to support the development of friendly international relations and human resources development among the younger generations.

* We focus on the following countries in Southeast/Southwest Asia:
<Southeast Asia> Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.
<Southwest Asia> Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

3. Young Generation Human Resource Development Program
A program supporting science and mathematics education in designated high schools (Super Science High Schools) and spurring on future researchers. A Student Fair is held once a year to present results, and high school students from around 10 countries are invited to participate in science and mathematics education programs. (Japanese only)

We also propose research and development strategies based on science, technology and innovation (STI) trends and policies in Japan and overseas.

Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS)
A think tank making comprehensive proposals for research and development in Japan.

Center for Low Carbon Society Strategy A center conducting research and demonstration experiments aimed at realizing a low carbon society in Japan.

If you are interested in Japanese research and development, please contact the JST Singapore office anytime! We look forward to hearing from you.

What's New

Sakura Science High School Program (SSHP) briefing session

27 May 2019/Singapore

A briefing session was held for students and parents participating in this year's Sakura Science High School Program (SSHP) at the Nanyang Girls’ High School.

A total of 10 students (15-16 years old) will attend this year, 5 students each from Nanyang Girls’ High School and Hwa Chong Institution from Singapore. With 70 students from China, Korea and Malaysia, they will visit Tokyo, Kanagawa and Saitama from June 16-21.

During the visit they will conduct experiments at Rikkyo University with Professor Hideki Shirakawa, who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2000, and visit the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (MIRAIKAN), and the University of Tokyo. In addition to touching on science and technology, they will also understand Japanese culture through exchanges with local high school students in Saitama City and visits to the Edo-Tokyo Museum, Asakusa, and Kamakura.

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A total of 25 people – 10 students, 12 parents, 2 supervisors from each school, and 1 member of the Singaporean Ministry of Education – participated in the briefing session. JST Singapore Office director gave an explanation of the schedule and precautions, and the lead supervisor presented a report on last year’s program.

At the briefing session, parents expressed high hopes that their children will "experience both Japan's technology and culture".

The 6th STS Forum ASEAN-Japan Workshop in Singapore April 23, 2019

20 May 2019 / Singapore

The 16th STS Forum ASEAN-Japan Workshop was held April 23 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel (Singapore). Organized by the Science and Technology in Society Forum (STS Forum) and Agency for Science, Technology and Research ( A * STAR), co-organized by Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and supported by the Embassy of Japan in Singapore, the workshop was attended by some 160 top executives from Japan and ASEAN countries.

Participants entered lively discussions and built networks inducive to future cooperation. JST’s executive director Dr. Goto and director of department of international affairs Mr. Kobayashi also attended, along with director of the Singapore office Ms. Kaneko.

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Executive director Dr. Goto made a speech at the session “Science and Technology Cooperation between ASEAN and Japan: Human Resource Development and Brain Circulation” , introduced JST’s “Sakigake” program as a good example of human resource development, and emphasized the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration .

In the table discussion that followed, Mr. Kobayashi served as reporter and summarized the results of discussions among participants from Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore as follows:

  • 1. Regarding human resources training:
    University-industry-academia collaboration is important, along with seminars giving young people proper explanations regarding career paths (large companies, entrepreneurship etc.) and a sufficient backup system for entrepreneurship.
  • 2. Regarding brain circulation:
    Exchange programs provided by industry officials are important, as are exchange promotion events such as the current workshop, and we need improved infrastructure for brain circulation and settlement.

(JST Singapore Office)