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The 8th Global Research Council (GRC) Annual Meeting was held in São Paulo, Brazil for 3 days from May 1 to May 3. This GRC was co-hosted by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina (CONICET).
JST Executive Director Ms. Shirokizawa gave a presentation at the meeting of the GRC Asia & Pacific region with topics: 1) Creating systems for fair application review and project assessment; 2) Fostering early career researchers. She also made a presentation about JST contributions to the SDGs at the pre-meeting event a day before the GRC.
JST attends Global Research Council 2019
JST had its own booth at Montgomery College for the 30th annual Rockville Science Day. We introduced the therapeutic robot baby seal "PARO". We also handed out.jst.s educational science magazine Science Window.
JST booth at Rockville Science Day 2019
JST participated in this event and jointly ran a booth named "SAKURA SCIENCE" with the following organizations as exhibitors (in alphabetical order):
  • Central Japan Railway Company (JR-CENTRAL)
  • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA)
  • National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
  • NEC Corporation of America (NECAM)
  • New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
  • Washington Innovation Network (WIN)
JST introduced the therapeutic robotPARO and Ambiguous Objects as a research outcome from CREST. Also we handed out.jst.s educational science magazinesScience Window'English edition..
The 59th Sakura Matsuri 2019 - Japanese Street Festival
JST President Dr. Michinari Hamaguchi attended the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting scientific session Competitive Advantage: Protecting the Balance in Africa, Asia and Europe and made a presentation titled "Scientific Cooperation and the 'Asian Union'". Dr. Hamaguchi also gave a speech titled "From Recovery to Growth - Our Lesson from Disasters" at the plenary session Responding Faster and Smarter to New Problems.
JST President speaks at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting
JST President Dr. Michinari Hamaguchi visited with Dr. France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Discussions were fruitful for both JST and NSF, the future seeming ripe with collaboration opportunities.
JST President speaks at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting
Six institutions - JST, NIED, RIKEN, JAXA, JAMSTEC, NARO - cooperated to hold a joint booth exhibit during the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting. At the booth we introduced project results for each of the six institutions and our specific efforts towards achieving SDGs using videos, pamphlets, etc.
JST and 5 Reseaerch Organisations' Joint Booth at AAAS2019
JST President Dr. Michinari Hamaguchi visited with U.S. Department of Energy's Under Secretary of Energy for Science Mr. Paul Dabbar in Washington, D.C.. Active discussions took place on areas of common interest including science and energy and the possibility of future collaborations.
At the Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting & Exhibit held in Boston, JST's Department of Intellectual Property Managament exhibited eight patented technologies and samples close to our organization since the time of filing, and one patented technology of Kwansei Gakuin University. JST with one trainee from Kwansei Gakuin University conducted technical explanations and introduced our organization to visitors.
Presentation at 2018 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibi image
The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) for research collaboration between JST and NSF on 7th October 2018 at Kyoto International Conference Center.
JST had its own a booth at the science and education event "KIDfest" hosted by the child-friendly KID Museum. This was in response to a participation request we received at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in April. In addition to introducing our organization, we distributed the Science Window English Edition and presented therapy robot Paro to a steady stream of visitors.
JST booth at KIDfest, KID Museum image
JST visited the North Carolina State University, one of the nation's leading clusters, the core university of the Research Triangle Park, with NEDO and Nagoya University. We introduced the contents of our business and organization to the vice president of research and university executives, and exchanged opinions on the possibility of collaboration in future .
JST visits the North Carolina State University, Research Triangle Park image
Dr. Michiharu Nakamura, Senior Advisor of JST, attended the 3rd High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) from July 9 to 18, 2018 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
JST participated in events related to the Japan-US Digital Innovation Hub. The Open Summit was held at Arizona State University (ASU) Washington Center, and the closed WS was held at the Japanese Embassy. Approximately 80 people from universities and research institutes in Japan and the United States, including NSF and AAAS, participated in each event and discussed how to strengthen collaboration between universities in the digital field, promotion and education about cyber security etc. In addition, JST Executive Director Ms. Shirokizawa gave presentations at both events.
JST attends US-Japan Digital Innovation Hub Summit image
The third annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. JST attended the Forum to discuss the contribution of science, technology and innovation to the SDGs.
The third annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals image
The National Science Olympiad Competition was held at Colorado State University. Eight students of Japan's Eiko Gakuen High School, the winning team of the 7th Annual Japan High School Science Championships, participated in the event. These eight students participated in four competitions as a Global Ambassador Team with the support of the Department for Promotion of Science Education of JST, and also held a Swap Meet to exchange commemorative items with the US state teams. The Japanese team was actively promoting exchanges with American science-loving high school students through the opening and award ceremonies.
JST attends 2018 Science Olympiad National Tournament image
JST exhibited booths at two major events, the National Science and Technology Festival and the Sakura Matsuri. As part of our outreach activities we introduced the CREST research results if the "3D Ambiguous Object" project by Meiji University and Prof. Sugihara and the therapy robot "PARO" developed by AIST and Prof. Shibata. We also introduced.jst.s business and distributed the English version of Science Window.
The USA Science & Engineering Festival and the 58th Sakura Matsuri 2019 - Japanese Street Festival image
JST's ALCA (Advanced Low Carbon Technology Research and Development Program) exhibited at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2018. While introducing "Strong Aerogels for Thermal Superinsulation", a result of this program, we worked to build a network with visitors.
ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2018 image
2017 Materials Research Society (MRS) (Boston, MA, November 28-29, 2017)
At the Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting & Exhibit held in Boston, JST's Department of Intellectual Property Management exhibited seven technologies that they have worked closely with since the original patent requests.
CRDS Senior Deputy Director-General makes a speech at the 2nd Summit on Science and Technology Enablement for the SDGs (New York, NY, October 17, 2017)
Mr. Takao Kuramochi, Senior Deputy Director-General, Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS), participated in a workshop of the 2nd Summit on Science and Technology Enablement for the SDGs organized by the New York Academy of Sciences. At the Partnerships and Proofs of Concept session he made a presentation on JST's domestic and overseas efforts to achieve the SDGs and the status of current research and development support through SATREPS.
  
tjSTAR (Thomas Jefferson Symposium to Advance Research)(Alexandria, VA, June 6, 2017)
JST held a booth exhbit during tjSTAR (Thomas Jefferson Symposium to Advance Research) at Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology High School in Virginia, one of the nation's leading science high schools. JST introduced therapeutic robot PARO and Ambiguous Objects as research outcomes of CREST. We also distributed the English edition of.jst.s educational magazine 'Science Window'.
Japan-U.S. Digital Innovation Hub Workshop (Washington, D.C., May 12, 2017)
The Japan-U.S. Digital Innovation Hub Workshop was held at the Japanese Embassy in the United States. Around 60 participants from universities and research institutes in Japan and the United States discussed issues including data science, cyber security, and human resource development through the strengthing of Japan-U.S. relations.
The 57th Sakura Matsuri 2017 - Japanese Street Festival (Washington, D.C., April 8, 2017)
JST participated in this event and ran a joint booth named "SAKURA SCIENCE" with the following organizations as exhibitors (in alphabetical order):
  • Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc.
  • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
  • 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 Innovation Network (WIN)
JST introduced therapeutic robot PARO and Ambiguous Objects as research outcomes from CREST. We also distributed the English edition of.jst.s educational magazine 'Science Window'.
JST President is invited to speak at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN, March 23, 2017)
JST President Dr. Michinari Hamaguchi gave a talk at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, Toyota Auditorium in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We visited the CURENT project at the ERC site and exchanged opinions with university staff.
2017 AAAS Annual Meeting (Boston, MA, February 16-20,C2017)
The biggest general science conference in the United States, "the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting" was held in Boston for five days from February 16, 2017. The meeting consisted of two parts: displays and conference. JST exhibited a booth and hosted a symposium titled "Global Conference Start-Ups: Inclusive Science and Society Engagement " with the South Africa Department of Science and Technology (DST).
A Joint Workshop of the World Bank and DC-Based Research Funding Councils (Washington, D.C., November 3-4, 2016)
The World Bank and other Washington, DC-based major national research funding agencies (ANR, CNRS, DFG, JSPS, JST, NSF, RCUK) held a joint workshop on science and technology cooperation in Africa and the Sub-Saharan region titled 'Funding Science and Technology in Africa and Developing Regions'. JST introduced SATREPS activities, shared information on existing projects in each country, and discussed the possibility of continuous information sharing and collaboration.
  
U.S. - Japan Joint Working Level Committee on Science and Technology (Washington, D.C., July 13, 2016)
JST participated in the U.S.-Japan Joint Working Level Committee on Science and Technology (JWLC). The committee discussed areas including scientific diplomacy, big data, artificial intelligence, medical research and renewable energy, with both countries gaining a deeper understanding of opportunities for cooperation.
JST President visits University of Waterloo, Harvard University and MIT (Waterloo, Canada, July 7, 2016 / Cambridge, MA, July 8, 2016)
JST President Dr. Michinari Hamaguchi visited the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo, Harvard University and MIT Media Lab to better understand:
1) entrepreneurship education that is still underdeveloped in Japanese research organisations;
2) strategies to discover new research fields and talented researchers;
3) mechanisms for strategic planning and academic-industry collaboration, including external funding.
The first annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (New York, NY, June 6-7, 2016)
The first annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Prof. Tateo Arimoto, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and JST attended the forum to discuss the contribution of science, technology and innovation to the SDGs.
  
JST President speaks about hydrogen society and super sumart society (Washington, D.C., April 21, 2016)
JST President Dr. Michinari Hamaguchi visited Washington. D.C. to attend two round table discussions: Road to Hydrogen Society: Innovation and Japan-US collaboration and Japan-US Round Table for Innovation and Collaboration in Super Smart Society. The former focused on hydrogen as a clean future energy source that can be used for developing zero-emission fuel, and the outlook on US- Japan cooperation. The latter was convened at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. to look into what kind of R&D is needed to deliver a super smart society and how Japan and the US could be partners in this field.
The 56th Sakura Matsuri 2016 - Japanese Street Festival (Washington, D.C., April 16, 2016)
JST participated in this event and ran a joint booth named "SAKURA SCIENCE" with the following organizations as exhibitors (in alphabetical order):
  • 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.
  • National Institute of Information & Communications Technology (NICT)
  • New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
  • Washington Innovation Network (WIN)
JST introduced therapeutic robot PARO and several funding programs. We also distributed the English edition of.jst.s educational magazine 'Science Window'.
Joint Workshop "Public Research Funders and Overseas Offices" (Washington, D.C., February 9-10, 2016)
Based upon the outcomes of the 2014 Annual Meeting of the GRC in Beijing, seven research funding organisations that have overseas offices attended a joint workshop to share best practices, identify common challenges, and discuss approaches that have been used to address these challenges. JST's Washington, D.C. Office joined the workshop along with the Beijing and New Delhi offices.
2015 Materials Research Society (MRS) (Boston, MA, December 1-3, 2015)
JST's Department of Intellectual Property Management exhibited at the Materials Research Society's Fall Exhibition and introduced JST's patented technologies.
JST visits the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA, September 9-10, 2015)
JST participated in a visit to Virginia State University hosted by the Washington D.C. Science Diplomats Club. At the round-table conference, we introduced our office activities and exchanged information.
Healthy Aging Summit (Washington, D.C., July 27-28, 2015)
The Healthy Aging Summit was held in Washington, DC, with more than 500 senior health care workers, clinicians and researchers from the US federal government. JST exhibited therapy robot 'PARO' as a result of recent research and development in Japan, and held a lecture by its developer Dr. Shibata (of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology).
U.S. - Japan Workshop on Effective Project Management (Washington, D.C., July 13, 2015)
JST and the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) co-sponsored a workshop where program managers from Japan and the United States discussed effective management approaches. There were around 50 participants, from organizations including DARPA, ARPA-E, NSF, and DOD on the U.S. side and program managers from CREST, COI, ACCEl, and ImPACT on the Japan side.
The US-Japan Round Table for Innovation and Collaboration in Higher Education (Washington, D.C., June 23, 2015)
JST held the Japan-US Higher Education Innovation Roundtable with BHEF, RIKEN, AIST, JSPS, and NEDO. Discussions took place among Japanese and American academia and industry representatives on how to incorporate information related to data science and cyber security - such as the use of big data, predicted to become a very important field - into university education. It was also an opportunity for Japanese and American attendees to build productive networks. At the meeting Dr. Nakamura, President of JST, held a session on innovation education.
DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals (Pomona, CA, June 5-7, 2015)
The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) is a robotics competition funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). DRC began in October 2012 and the DRC Finals took place in June 2015.
JST visited the DRC Finals with Dr. Kyuma, a Full-time Member of Japan's Council for Science, Technology and Innovation. In addition, we visited the bases of Japanese corporations such as NEDO and MHI in California. At the meetings, views were exchanged on work in the United States and information gathering activities in the field.
The Around the World Embassy Tour is a signature event of Passport DC - a month-long celebration in May (May 1-31, 2015). More than 50 embassies opened their doors to visitors in 2015. 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's residence. Several Japanese private companies and Japanese independent agencies, including.jst.and JAXA, cooperated and worked together with the JICC.
JST introduced PARO and L-eye to visitors. PARO is a therapeutic baby seal robot which provides psychological and social effects to human beings through physical interactions. L-eye is a new type of microscope that uses front camera of a smartphone. Approximately 7,500 people visited the Embassy of Japan on that day. People enjoyed interacting with PARO and L-eye.
Around the World Embassy Tour  
CREST 2nd JST-NSF-RCN Workshop on Distributed Energy Management Systems (Arlington, VA, April 20-22, 2015 / Knoxville, TN, April 23-24, 2015)
JST-CREST*, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Research Council of Norway (RCN) jointly held the 2015 JST-NSF-RCN Workshop on Distributed Energy Management Systems in Arlington, Virginia. Following the success of the first international workshop in 2013 (Hawaii), this 2nd workshop was organized in order for all participants to share research progress and develop a network among each other for future collaborations.
After the workshop, the group moved to Tennessee and visited the University of Tennessee research facilities and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
* Project title is "Creation of Fundamental Theory and Technology to Establish a Cooperative Distributed Energy Management System and Integration of Technologies Across Broad Disciplines Toward Social Application (EMS)" that is led by Research Supervisor: Prof. Masayuki Fujita, Tokyo Institute of Technology.
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..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)
  • Washington Strategy Group
JST introduced the therapeutic robot PARO, a new type of cellphone microscope L-eye, and Geo-Scope. Also we handed out JST's educational science magazines Science Window English edition. Approximately 3,500 people visited our booth.
The 55th Sakura Matsuri 2015 - Japanese Street Festival  
JST attends the PEER Latin America & the Caribbean Forum (Lima, Peru, March 22-24, 2015)
At the request of the United States Agency for International Development, JST attended the Latin American regional meeting of the PEER program in Lima and introduced SATREPS project to Latin American researchers. Young Japanese researchers involved in the SATREPS Peru Project were also participated to consider the possibility of future cooperation between PEER and SATREPS.
2015 AAAS Annual Meeting (San Jose, CA, February 13-15, 2015)
The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) held a display booth at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in San Jose, California. The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society as well as the publisher of the American scientific journal Science.
The 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics has been awarded to a trio of scientists, Isamu Akasaki of Meijo University and Nagoya University, Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University, and Shuji Nakamura of University of California, Santa Barbara. They invented blue-light emitting diodes (LEDs) that have revolutionized the lighting industry all over the world.
The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) provided the research funding to Dr. Akasaki from 1987 to 1990 and jointly to Dr. Akasaki and Dr. Amano from 1993 to 2000 in *JST's Contract Development program. JST also provided research funding to Dr. Nakamura from 2001 to 2006 for his Inhomogeneous Crystal project and to Dr. Amano from 2007 to 2010 in its Contract Development program. JST has continued to support Dr. Amano's most recent research in its Super Cluster program since 2013.
*JST's Contract Development program (Year 1993-2000) (PDF: 8.2MB)
The 2014 Japanese Super Science High School (SSH) Student Fair was held at Pacifico Yokohama convention center on August 8 and 9.
Super Science High Schools (SSHs) are upper secondary schools that prioritize science, technology, and mathematics. They are designated by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). 204 Schools were awarded the title of SSH for the 2014 school year.
The SSH Student Fair is the annual exhibition and competition of students?f scientific findings. More than 5,200 students participated in the event this year, including foreign students from 23 international schools. Carlan Ivey and Larry Jacobs, both seniors from Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology in Conyers, Georgia, participated in the event for the first time. Carlan Ivey presented his work on comparing particle detection methods to observe atmospheric interactions. Larry Jacobs presented his work on enhancing pancreatic islet function in an obese mouse model. Amanda Baskett, assistant director of the Magnet School, organized the application process and traveled with them.
The SSH Student Fair is co-organized by MEXT and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). If you are interested applying for the 2015 SSH Student Fair, please contact us.
SSH Student Fair  SSH Student Fair
Larry Jacobs (right) Carlan Ivey (center)
SSH Student Fair
Carlan Ivey, Ms. Amanda Baskett (center), and Larry Jacobs  
The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the collaboration in Science and Technology.
The MoU signing ceremony between JST President Dr. Michiharu Nakamura and FAPESP President Dr. Celso Lafer was held at Brazil-Japan Economic Forum in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Forum was mainly sponsored by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Nikkei Inc., and Valor Economico. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the forum and gave an opening speech. Prime Minister Abe and Sao Paulo state governor Geraldo Alckmin witnessed the signing ceremony. This MoU aims at promoting scientific collaboration and technological development between Japan and the Sao Paulo State, Brazil.
JST and FAPESP sign Memorandum of Understanding  
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Governor Gelardo Alkmin,
Dr. Michiharu Nakamura and Dr. Celso Lafer
The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) opened the joint solicitation for ?gBig Data and Disaster Research (BDD)?h on June 9, 2014. Researchers are encouraged to form their joint proposal and submit it to JST and NSF respectively.
Full Proposal Deadline date: September 8, 2014
For more details, please see these sites: JST (Japanese) or NSF (English)
tjSTAR (Thomas Jefferson Symposium to Advance Research)(Alexandria, VA, May 28, 2014)
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 Ambassadorfs 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 SCIENCEh 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
Special Meeting with Professor Yamanaka (Washington, D.C., October 4, 2013)
The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and the NIH Kinyokai hosted a special meeting with Professor Shinya Yamanaka, who was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He currently works as the director and professor at the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University. We appreciated that Professor Yamanaka was able to break free of his busy schedule in DC to come to our office. He talked about his career path both in the United States and Japan as a researcher who sometimes struggled with unexpected obstacles. Approximately 30 young Japanese researchers attended this event..jst.and JSPS would like to express our gratitude to Professor Yamanaka and all the researchers who supported this meeting on such short notice.
Professor Yamanaka  Professor Yamanaka
Science Cafe "Keep chasing your dreams" (Washington, D.C., June 24, 2013)
Science Cafe is an event that takes place in a casual setting and features an engaging casual conversation with a scientist. The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) invited Purdue University Distinguished Professor Ei-ichi Negishi, who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, as a speaker to this event.
JST Washington office director Takashi Ohama hosted this event. Tokyo Institute of Technology Professor Osamu Ishitani and JSPS Washington office director Osamu Shimomura also joined the event. The JST/JSPS meeting room was full of enthusiastic people. Dr. Negishi talked about his opportunity to come to the United States, how he met his mentors, and how important his effort and focus was to accomplish his remarkable achievements in his career. He also explained how the academic and research environments are different between Japan and the United States.
Science Cafe  Science Cafe
tjSTAR (Thomas Jefferson Symposium to Advance Research) (Alexandria, VA, May 29, 2013)
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 the JST Visual Science Center Earth Guide and Tsunagari Project using Geo-Scope. Many students visited our booth and enjoyed exploring these programs.
tjSTAR
Around the World Embassy Tour (Washington, D.C., May 4, 2013)
The Around the World (ATW) Embassy Tour is a signature event of Passport DC - Open houses at Washington, DC Embassies. The Embassy of Japan's open house is a very popular site on this tour. The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) introduced Japanese culture, food, and technologies to the public at the former Japanese Ambassadorfs residence. Several Japanese private companies and Japanese independent agencies, including.jst. cooperated and worked together with the JICC. JST invited Osaka University Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro from Japan. He is a famous robotics scientist and a creator of ultra-realistic androids. His laboratory team created an identical android of himself called the Geminoid and a beautiful female robot called Geminoid F. Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro and graduate student Kaikou Kuwamura brought the Geminoid and the Telenoid from Osaka University, Intelligent Robotics Laboratory. They demonstrated these robots in this event. The people who visited the embassy enjoyed interacting with the Telenoid and taking pictures with Geminoid. The participants also enjoyed exploring.jst.Virtual Science Center Earth Guide and Geo-Scope using touch-screen monitors. JST's Science Window magazines and other brochures were handed out to visitors. Approximately 6,900 people visited the Embassy of Japan on that day.
Around the World Embassy Tour  Around the World Embassy Tour
Geminoid and Professor Ishiguro Telenoid and visitor
 
*Geminoid / Telenoid are registered trademarks of Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR).
The Philadelphia Science Festival 2013: The Science Carnival on the Parkway (Philadelphia, PA, April 20, 2013)
The Philadelphia Science Festival is a ten-day, community-wide event for celebration of science. The Science Carnival features more than 150 exhibitors offering interactive family-friendly scientific activities, games, and entertainment. These exhibitors uphold the theme of the event gFeed Your Curiosityh. The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) was one of them. The JST booth was located on Winter Street near The Franklin Institute. Each booth set up the theme question. gWhat can I see with a Geo-Scope?h was hung with the JSTfs tent. Approximately 600 people visited our booth to get the answer.
Philadelphia Science Festival  Philadelphia Science Festival
Philadelphia Science Festival  Philadelphia Science Festival
The 53rd Sakura Matsuri 2013 - Japanese Street Festival (Washington, D.C., April 13, 2013)
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. The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) participated in this event and jointly ran a booth named gSAKURA SCIENCEh with the following organizations as exhibitors (in alphabetical order):
  • Embassy of Japan, Science Section
  • High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)
  • Hitachi, Ltd.
  • 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)
  • NTT DOCOMO USA, Inc.
  • Sumitomo Corporation of America
  • U. S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Washington Strategy Group
JST introduced JST Virtual Science Center Earth Guide 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 special edition and other brochures. Approximately 1,500 people visited our booth.
Sakura Matsuri 2013  Sakura Matsuri 2013
Sakura Matsuri 2013  Sakura Matsuri 2013
Mission to Mexico for On-going Project in Afghanistan (Mexico City, Mexico, February 25, 2013)
A mission to Mexico on a project for Development of Wheat Breeding Materials for Sustainable Food Production in Afghanistan formed by Japanese researchers and JICA was conducted. The mission was planned to attend an opening ceremony organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico for a training course on Afghan researchers and visit research facilities of International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). This project has been executed under SATREPS program between Japanese and Afghan researchers, but because of security unstableness in Afghanistan, a capacity building component and some research activities for Afghan wheat species have been done in Mexico under collaboration with CIMMYT and related institutions.
CIMMYT is famous as a principal research institution for the green revolution, which was a series of research, development, and technology transfer initiatives after WW II to increase productivities of wheat in developing countries led by Dr. Norman Borlaug who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. This project had faced difficulties because of the security issues in Afghanistan, but thanks to the collaboration with CIMMYT in Mexico this is going on toward research goals and capacity buildings for researchers both in Japan and Afghanistan.
Afghan wheat grown in test farm of CIMMYT  Opening ceremony at MOFA of Mexico
2013 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (Boston, MA, February 14-18, 2013)
The 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) was held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The AAAS is the worldfs largest scientific society and also known as the publisher of the Science, the academic journal. The Japan Science and Technology Agency participated in this event and jointly run a booth named gthe Japan Boothh with following organizations as exhibitors (in alphabetical order):
  • High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)
  • Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
  • Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • JEOL Ltd.
  • RIKEN
  • Tsukuba Comprehensive Special Zones for international Competitiveness Development
  • World Premier International research Center Initiative (WPI)
MoU signing  MoU signing ceremony
Each organization introduced their activities and research output and development through the display boards, videos, and machines. The Japan booth provided diverse information about Japan's leading-edge science technology and innovation. During the three-day exhibition, approximately 1,100 people visited our booth. Our exhibition appealed to a wide range of people, especially researchers and students. Many colleges and universities, including Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, are located in Boston area, which is known as a higher education center in the United States. Visitors asked questions freely and had a vibrant exchange of views with exhibitors. People were visiting our booth constantly.
MoU signing  MoU signing ceremony
JST and NIH sign Memorandum of Understanding (Washington, D.C., January 10, 2013)
The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the U. S. National Institute of Health (NIH) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on medical research collaboration. The MoU signing ceremony between JST President Dr. Michiharu Nakamura and NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins was held at NIH headquarters in Bethesda Maryland.This MoU aims at facilitating the variety of scientific research cooperation in the biomedical field between the two countries. Both parties are expecting to gain collaborative activities such as workshops, lectures and funding bilateral medical research projects within the scope of this MoU.
MoU signing  MoU signing ceremony
The New Japanese Government and Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy (Washington, D.C., January 8, 2013)
Dr. Tomoko Steen delivered opening remarks at a special lecture on the new Japanese STI policy. The lecture was held by Professor Tateo Arimoto at the Library of Congress' Mary Pickford Theater in Washington, D.C. Professor Arimoto has served as the Director-General of the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX) in Japan since 2006.
Special lecture on the new Japanese STI policy  Professor Arimoto
This lecture appealed to a wide range of people not only from the general public, but also from U.S. government officers. There were about forty people from the U.S. Department of State, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the U.S. Congress.
Professor Arimoto discussed the new Japanese STI policy after the Lower House election last December. He presented several points of view including 1) The great transformation of the world system, 2) New commitments and responsible conduct of Science and technology, 3) Making the new Japanese STI policy after the general election, and 4) New perspectives in STI policy. Mr. Arimoto had a vibrant and frank exchange of views with the audience about these issues during the Q&A session.
2012 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting & Exhibit (Boston, MA, November 27-29, 2012)
The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) participated in the 2012 MRS Meeting & Exhibit in Boston, Massachusetts. During the three-day exhibition, approximately 150 people visited our booth. We introduced innovative devices, equipment, and new materials that have already obtained U.S. patents. The details about technology, patent number, and contact information are available on our website. If you need more licensable technologies, please visit here.
2012 MRS Meeting and Exhibit  2012 MRS Meeting and Exhibit
Materials Research Society (MRS) 2011 Fall Meeting (Boston, November 28 - December 2, 2011)
JST exhibits novel technologies (PDF: 4.29MB) from Japanese universities at the 2011 MRS Fall Meeting to seek out potential licensees.
AUTM Annual Meeting (Las Vegas, February 27 - March 3, 2011)
JST was an exhibitor at the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) 2011 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, February 27 - March 3, 2011. We welcomed approx. 120 visitors to our booth, which highlighted JST's activities and licensable patents from Japanese universities.
AUTM Annual Meeting  AUTM Annual Meeting
Upcoming Event: Activities for AAAS Annual Meeting (Washington, D.C., February 17-21, 2011)
The 2011 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is to be held in Washington, D.C. on February 17-21, 2011.
Officials from JST headquarters in Tokyo will be guest speakers at several seminars. JST is also organizing the exhibition booth, "Japan Pavilion," which will showcase the S&T activities of various Japanese institutions. The Washington Office is supporting preparation for these events proactively.
The events related to JST are:
 Seminars
Officials from JST will participate in the following seminars:
1. Bringing Innovation to International Development: New Actors, New Mechanism
    Sunday, February 20, 2011; 13:30-16:30
2. Design Thinking to Mobilize Science, Technology, and Innovation for Social Challenges
    Sunday, February 20, 2011; 8:30-11:30
3. Reaching Out to People in East Asia on Green Issues: Policies and Practices
    Saturday, February 19, 2011; 10:00-11:30
 Exhibition
The following Japanese institutions will have representatives at the "Japan Pavilion", organized by JST:
- Central Japan Railway Company
- Hitachi America
- Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)
- Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science Technology (JAMSTEC)
- Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
- Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
- Keio University
- Kyoto University
- Riken
- Ritsumeikan University
- The University of Tokyo
Please see the American Association for the Advancement of Science website for details.
JST Holds Lecture on Japan's New Science and Innovation Policy (Washington, D.C., January 12, 2011)
The Washington Office organized a lecture on Japan's New Science and Innovation Policy jointly with the Embassy of Japan on January 12, 2011. The event was held at the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) in downtown Washington, D.C.
Mr. Tateo Arimoto, Director General of the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX) and Deputy Director General of the Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS) of JST Tokyo, provided the lecture.
Japan's new science and innovation policy for the next five years (2011-2015) was finalized in late December 2010 after 2 years of protracted deliberations among government agencies, industrial sectors, and academia. The new policy will take an issues approach, in contrast to the disciplinary approach of previous five-year plans; sets a new target of combined public and private funding of R&D at four percent of GDP, with one percent coming from the government; and aims to bridge science, society, and economy in a sustainable manner. Mr. Arimoto discussed these features of the new policy as well as the challenges and opportunities of implementation in a complex and uncertain era of globalization. His presentation attracted more than 80 participants from U.S. government agencies, foreign embassies, the World Bank, academia, and private sector. Mr. Arimoto's Presentation (PDF: 2.8MB)
Mr. Arimoto's Lecture
JST Supports Exhibition at COP16 (Cancun, Mexico, November 29 - December 10, 2010)
The Washington Office dispatched a staff member to support an exhibition at the 16th edition of Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on the Climate Change (COP16) held in Cancun, Mexico from November 29 to December 10, 2010.
A booth was set up by various Ministries and agencies of Japan involved in environment and climate change issues. JST provided information about its effort on these issues, such as its Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) program and its Center for Low Carbon Society Strategy. The exhibit attracted government officials, practitioners from private sectors, NGOs, and students from all over the world.
COP16
AUTM Annual Meeting (New Orleans, March 18-20, 2010)
JST was an exhibitor at the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) 2010 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, March 18-20, 2010. JST's activities and licensable patents from Japanese universities were exhibited at our booth where we welcomed approx. 200 visitors.
AUTM Annual Meeting  AUTM Annual Meeting
AUTM Annual Meeting  AUTM Annual Meeting
COP15 Side-event Symposium: TOWARDS GREEN GROWTH & GREEN INNOVATION - Environmental Science and Technology Cooperation between Developed and Developing Countries - (Copenhagen, Denmark, December 7, 2009)
 Rationale & Overview
United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 (COP15) could be a giant leap towards transforming the global economy as well as societies around the world into greener and more sustainable ones. In the hopes of contributing to the success of COP15, JST and JICA are hosting a side-event symposium which helps the conference participants to visualize concrete measures for achieving emissions reductions and economic growth, which are both possible through environmental science and technology cooperation between developed and developing countries.
 Short Summary of the Symposium
A summary of the results was presented at an official side event of COP15. Please see the conclusion & executive summary of the symposium.
You can also watch a 12-minute video clip of the symposium on JST's website.
JST Technology for Your NEXT Innovation (Chicago, March 10, 2009)
An overseas seeds seminar, "JST Technology for Your NEXT Innovation," was held on Tuesday, March 10th at Pittcon 2009. The aim of the seminar was to further strengthen technical transfers of our patents overseas. The seminar was held in a seminar room at PITTCON (Pittsburgh Conference), which boasts the world's largest analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy Conference and Exposition. The seminar involved a total of 11 themed presentations, including 8 seeds seminars, 2 technical transfer cases, and 1 commissioned business, all with their own respective themes. Aided by prior visits/promotional activities to the booths of exhibiting companies where the presented techniques and posters were displayed summarizing the techniques described in the presentations, and during which there were inquiries such as an from an American business that was interested and wished to know the licensing conditions, the seminar led to the growing expectation of further expansion taking place.
JST Technology for Your NEXT Innovation  JST Technology for Your NEXT Innovation
JST Technology for Your NEXT Innovation  JST Technology for Your NEXT Innovation
The Next Generation Japanese Technology Showcase: Global Accessibility to Japanese Innovations from premier Japanese research institutions (New York, January 14, 2009
This assembly was co-hosted by Nagoya University and JST for the purpose of promoting international industrial-academia-government collaborations as part of the gStrategic Development of Industry-University-Government (I-U-G) Collaborations Project (Strategic development program)h sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology. This time presentations with a total of 13 themes were made: 5 of the themes involved physical science seeds and 8 of the themes life science seeds. As part of the JST seeds Professor Sugiyama of Kyoto University, a Keio University lecturer Mr. Shimazaki, and Professor Sakurai of the University of Kitakyushu made presentations that included the latest research results with consideration given to their future marketing, which attracted many participants. Consultations with some of the people in charge of foreign companies were made with some of the presented seeds. The entire assembly had high expectations concerning positive future collaborations. For more information on the assembly, please click here.
The Next Generation Japanese Technology Showcase  The Next Generation Japanese Technology Showcase
The Next Generation Japanese Technology Showcase  The Next Generation Japanese Technology Showcase
Dr. Sato's discussion on "Science and Technology Policy in Japan and JST Activities (July 2006)
Dr. Yukio Sato, adviser and former executive director of JST discussed with the Congressional Research and Development (R&D) Caucus trends of Japan's Science and Technology (S&T) policy and important contributions made by JST. Dr. Sato explained emegatrends' in Japan which included the emerging threats of terrorism and unknown infectious diseases. He went on to discuss how recent S&T policies were formulated and implemented and how JST has contributed to achieving these goals through the Third Science and Technology Basic Plan (2006-2010). The United Engineering Foundation, in collaboration with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-USA (IEEE-USA), hosted the July 12 briefing for the Congressional R&D Caucus, which was attended by more than 150 participants.
Presentation by Dr. Yukio Sato  Conference Attendees
Conference Attendees  Dr. Yukio Sato
Dr. Sato also spoke on gScience and Technology Policy in Japan and JST Activitiesh at the Library of Congress on July 13, 2006. The discussion was sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center, and the Science, Technology and Business Division, and the Asian Division, of the Library of Congress.
Dr. Yukio Sato's Presentation  Attendees at the Library of Congress
Attendees at the Library of Congress  Dr. Yukio Sato
Dr. Mohri's Visit to Washington, D.C. (August 2005)
In August 2005, astronaut Mamoru Mohri, Executive Director of "Miraikan: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation" of JST, Tokyo, came to Washington, D.C. He visited several science museums including the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Astronaut Mamoru Mohri at the National Air and Space Museum  Astronaut Mamoru Mohri at the National Air and Space Museum
Astronaut Mamoru Mohri at the National Air and Space Museum  Astronaut Mamoru Mohri at the National Air and Space Museum
The Opening Ceremony of JST Washington, D.C. Office (February 2005)
The JST Washington, D.C. Office had its opening ceremony on February 22, 2005.
JST Washington, D.C. Office Opening Ceremony  Opening Ceremony  Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony  Opening Ceremony  JST Staff and Dignitaries
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