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April 30, 2013
Venue : Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC, USA

Open Forum: Science and Technology to Promote Economic Growth: A U.S.
-Japan Public-Private Forum

JST President Dr. Michiharu Nakamura spoke at "Science and Technology to Promote Economic Growth: A U.S.-Japan Public-Private Forum" that was held at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington DC, USA) on April 30. He emphasized on the importance of enforcing basic researches, accelerating innovations, maximizing outputs of R&D, capacity building and science communication. He proposed an establishment of a strategic U.S-Japan science, technology and innovation panel under public, private and academia partnership. This panel will aim to discuss common problems and other necessary agenda, and to take back the society's trust in science.

The forum was organized by the U.S. Department of State and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Along with Dr. Nakamura, Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Mr. Hakubun Shimomura, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Mr. Ichita Yamamoto, Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi, Ltd., Dr. Keiji Kojima, Executive Vice President of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Mr. Mitsuhiko Yamashita, Executive Vice President of Kyoto University Dr. Hidetoshi Kotera, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Dr. John Holdren, President of National Academy of Engineering Dr. Charles Vest, Vice Chancellor for Research at UCSF Dr. Keith Yamamoto appeared on the platform. Dr. James Schoff, Senior Associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace served as a moderator.

About 120 distinguished participants attended this forum. Through active discussion, it was reaffirmed that the acceleration of innovations is best achieved by science and technology cooperation under public, private and academia partnership.

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