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  What's New - Activities in 2013 (May - December)
Special Meeting with Professor Yamanaka (Washington, D.C., October 4, 2013)
The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and the NIH Kinyokai hosted a special meeting with Professor Shinya Yamanaka, who was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He currently works as the director and professor at the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University. We appreciated that Professor Yamanaka was able to break free of his busy schedule in DC to come to our office. He talked about his career path both in the United States and Japan as a researcher who sometimes struggled with unexpected obstacles. Approximately 30 young Japanese researchers attended this event. JST and JSPS would like to express our gratitude to Professor Yamanaka and all the researchers who supported this meeting on such short notice.
Professor Yamanaka  Professor Yamanaka
Science Cafe "Keep chasing your dreams" (Washington, D.C., June 24, 2013)
Science Cafe is an event that takes place in a casual setting and features an engaging casual conversation with a scientist. The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) invited Purdue University Distinguished Professor Ei-ichi Negishi, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, as a speaker to this event.
JST Washington office director Takashi Ohama hosted this event. Tokyo Institute of Technology Professor Osamu Ishitani and JSPS Washington office director Osamu Shimomura also joined the event. The JST/JSPS meeting room was full of enthusiastic people. Dr. Negishi talked about his opportunity to come to the United States, how he met his mentors, and how important his effort and focus was to accomplish his remarkable achievements in his career. He also explained how the academic and research environments are different between Japan and the United States.
Science Cafe  Science Cafe
The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) participated in tjSTAR as an exhibitor. tjSTAR is a research symposium for Thomas Jefferson High School students to share research projects, explore potential research careers, and to take part in interactive learning opportunities. Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology is one of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education focused high schools in the State of Virginia. We introduced the JST Visual Science Center Earth Guide and Tsunagari Project using Geo-Scope. Many students visited our booth and enjoyed exploring these programs.
Around the World Embassy Tour (Washington, D.C., May 4, 2013)
The Around the World (ATW) Embassy Tour is a signature event of Passport DC - Open houses at Washington, DC Embassies. The Embassy of Japan's open house is a very popular site on this tour. The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) introduced Japanese culture, food, and technologies to the public at the former Japanese Ambassadorfs residence. Several Japanese private companies and Japanese independent agencies, including JST, cooperated and worked together with the JICC. JST invited Osaka University Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro from Japan. He is a famous robotics scientist and a creator of ultra-realistic androids. His laboratory team created an identical android of himself called the Geminoid and a beautiful female robot called Geminoid F. Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro and graduate student Kaikou Kuwamura brought the Geminoid and the Telenoid from Osaka University, Intelligent Robotics Laboratory. They demonstrated these robots in this event. The people who visited the embassy enjoyed interacting with the Telenoid and taking pictures with Geminoid. The participants also enjoyed exploring JST Virtual Science Center Earth Guide and Geo-Scope using touch-screen monitors. JST's Science Window magazines and other brochures were handed out to visitors. Approximately 6,900 people visited the Embassy of Japan on that day.
Around the World Embassy Tour  Around the World Embassy Tour
Geminoid and Professor Ishiguro Telenoid and visitor
*Geminoid / Telenoid are registered trademarks of Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR).