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  What's New - Activities in 2014 (January - May)
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 Miraikan Tsunagari Project using Geo-Scope and the therapeutic baby seal robot PARO. Many students visited our booth and enjoyed exploring Geo-Scope and interacting with PARO. Also we handed out JST's educational science magazines Science Window English edition and AuthaGraph Map to 320 students.
tjSTAR  tjSTAR
The Around the World Embassy Tour is a signature event of Passport DC - a month-long celebration in May (May 1-31, 2014). More than 50 embassies participate in the event. The Embassy of Japan's open house is a popular site among visitors. 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 and JAXA, cooperated and worked together with the JICC.
JST invited Dr. Takanori Shibata, chief senior research scientist at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Ms. Christine Hsu, general manager at PARO Robots, U.S. Inc. We introduced four PAROs to visitors. PARO is a therapeutic baby seal robot which provides psychological and social effects to human beings through physical interactions. Dr. Shibata is its inventor. His team started this project in 1993 and commercialized in 2003 in Japan. Approximately 7,000 people visited the Embassy of Japan on that day. People enjoyed interacting with PAROs.
Around the World Embassy Tour  Around the World Embassy Tour
Around the World Embassy Tour  Around the World Embassy Tour
The 3rd USA Science and Engineering Expo was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention center on April 26 and 27. Over 750 leading STEM organizations participated in the event and more than 325,000 people attended over the 4 days (X-STEM - Thursday, April 24 and Sneak Peek - Friday, April 25 included).
JST introduced the therapeutic robot PARO and Miraikan Tsunagari Project using Geo-Scope in this event. People of all ages stopped by our booth; people who work in the medical field were especially interested in PARO. Also we handed out JST's educational science magazines Science Window English edition and other brochures.
USA Science and Engineering Festival  USA Science and Engineering Festival
The Sakura Matsuri is the largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture in the United States sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASWDC). It drew over 40,000 visitors in a single day. The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) participated in this event and jointly ran a booth named gSAKURA SCIENCEh with the following organizations as exhibitors (in alphabetical order):
  • Embassy of Japan, Science Section
  • Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc.
  • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
  • Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
  • New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
  • Sumitomo Corporation of America
  • Washington Strategy Group
JST introduced the therapeutic robot PARO and our National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Tsunagari Project using Geo-Scope. Also we handed out JST's educational science magazines Science Window English edition and other brochures. Approximately 3,500 people visited our booth.
54th Sakura Matsuri 2014  54th Sakura Matsuri 2014
54th Sakura Matsuri 2014