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March 2015
Venue: Miraikan, Tokyo

Animated Short Films Based on Research Results Published on YouTube

Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology (ERATO) Research Funding Program

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)

JST created a series of animated short films titled Nippon Future Stories to introduce the fun of basic research. These films are fictional and comically illustrate the future that might come true from the practical application of findings achieved in the ERATO program. Each film is about four minutes long and is available on the YouTube Miraikan Channel. You can also enjoy the films in the communication lobby on the first floor of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) with the exhibit panel and the film explaining related studies.

Detective HANA (Nose) (in cooperation with ERATO Iwata Human Receptor Crystallography Project)

Detective HANA (Nose) is famous for solving crimes with his acute sense of smell, but he is incapable during spring because of hay fever. One day, he came across a newly invented allergy medicine with fewer side effects, and the medicine drastically changes his life. In the Miraikan, you can find out more details of the research through an exhibit panel and a related film.

Influenza and the sumo wrestler (in cooperation with ERATO Kawaoka Infection-induced Host Responses Project)

The sumo grand champion (yokozuna) Tanikaze, who lived in the 1700s, died from influenza while he was still a major star. Three hundred years later, Neo Tanikaze has continuously trained in sumo to win the grand sumo tournament. This is a story that illustrates the fateful battle between sumo wrestlers and the influenza viruses.

Fillís House (in cooperation with ERATO Someya Bio-Harmonized Electronics Project)

Body sensing suits equipped with high-resolution sensors can measure your body condition, such as pulse, muscle movement, and sweat. The suit helps you not only to maintain your health, but also to acquire the techniques of experts by comparing their movement and yours. This is a comedy about Fill the dog and his family who wore the body sensing suits.

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