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Japan XR Science Forum 2020 in US Midwest was held on a virtual platform and featured scientific sessions on subjects including:
- Latest research trends in cytology, immunology & allergology.
- Multidisciplinary perspectives.
- STEM educational events for children.
- Scholars sharing their study-abroad stories.

Sessions catered for a range of generations and scientific interests. JST supported the forum and set up a roundtable to discuss how we should bring the results of research to society - considering the future of water, food and resources - and the potential implications for the Japanese research community from lessons learned by Japanese scholars from the US Midwest.
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JST president Dr. Hamaguchi joined the 6th conversation in the GFCC gNow. Bridge. Reboot.h online series, titled gThe economy and society need innovationh. Dr. Hamaguchi offered insight into a global post-crisis society that prioritizes human wellbeing, while explaining about Japan's experiences and values during this challenging pandemic period.
This initiative driven by GFCC will include in total eight thought-provoking conversations and provide visions of the economy and society in a post-COVID-19 world.
The recording of the conversation is available below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrGNmijHF3g
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JST participated in this event and jointly ran a booth with JAXA, NARO, NIED and RIKEN. We introduced Japan's contribution to the United Nationsf Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and actively discussed with visitors about how we are promoting STI for the SDGs through funding and other methods.
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JST president Dr. Hamaguchi was invited to the NSF 70th Anniversary Symposium & Reception. It provided a great opportunity for networking with NSF director Dr. Córdova and other participants, and to learn more about NSFfs rich history. Dr. Hamaguchi delivered a short speech at the reception reaffirming his support for JST-NSF collaboration.
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At the MRS (Materials Research Society) Fall Meeting & Exhibit held in Boston, JST's Department of Intellectual Property Management and our Washington, D.C. Office introduced nine patented technologies and samples, selected from over 3000 patents available for licensing.
JST undertakes licensing activities to facilitate commercialization of research outputs funded through JST programs.
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JST joined the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Leadership Seminar 2019, which is a crash course in U.S. science and technology policy. The seminar is a valuable opportunity to learn specific information about policy in the U.S. context through various interactive discussions. Participants include researchers, government officials, FA staff, URA staff and young postdocs.
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JST joined the 4th Japan-US Science Forum in Boston "It's a nano world", co-organized by JSPS and UJA (United Japanese researchers Around the world).
This year, the forum was focused on "Nano Science" and had a keynote speech by Dr. Hisataka Kobayashi, Senior Investigator in the Molecular Imaging Program at the National Cancer Institute, NIH. There was also a poster session with flash talks, awards, and a presentation session. JST held a booth exhibit introducing JST activities and research results.
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JST attended the Workshop titled "Getting a Deeper Sense for Non-Classical Sensing", that was organized and hosted by Johns Hopkins University, in collaboration with NIH, NSF and AFOSR, in order to share ideas on non-classical sensing and build a network among the participants.
The contents presented covered many different topics from dosimetry & biological function to manufacturing on smart sensors. JST had a chance of introducing SICORP (Strategic International Collaborative Research Program) in a session where international research experiences by foreign funding agencies were shared.
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JST set up a briefing for the International Technology and Trade Associates, Inc. (ITTA) focused on U.S. AI R&D activities in the academic and private sectors. The briefing was based on a project JST asked ITTA to implement this year. More than 10 people attended including representatives of the Embassy of Japan in the U.S., and the Washington, D.C. offices of JSPS, NEDO and NICT. Discussions after the briefing were energetic and productive, touching on topics such as the differing needs of tech-companies and academia, future collaboration with Chinese companies, and prominent trends in U.S. AI R&D.
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