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Message from the President

image:Japan Science and Technology Agency President Hashimoto Kazuhito

Looking back on 2023, my second year as JST president, it was certainly an eventful one. The world was shaken by various sources of political, economic and environmental instability, and not least by disruptive developments in technology such as generative AI. We were once again forced to reevaluate the role such technologies play in our society, considering both the lights and shadows they cast upon us.

As a core institution responsible for implementing Japan’s STI policies, I believe JST must continue its mission to maintain Japan’s position as an STI pioneer and manage society’s ever-changing expectations for technology. We must strive to strengthen Japan’s R&D capabilities through the funding of impactful research projects, through the promotion of science literacy throughout society, and through the dissemination of ideas generated by our integrated thinktank.

We must also lead the way with new initiatives, and I believe there are two JST programs deserving particular attention in 2024. One will strengthen support for young researchers and doctoral students in interdisciplinary AI fields, and the other will attempt to generate surprising innovations in next-generation ICT.

Other important initiatives on JST’s agenda include creating sustainable partnerships among the world’s top research talent, accelerating the green transformation of our society, and promoting university-based startup creation.

I predict 2024 will be another eventful year for us all. Let’s make the most of it!

January 2024
Japan Science and Technology Agency
President HASHIMOTO Kazuhito

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