Vision of Japanese Science for the Near Future

Dr. Michiharu Nakamura (President, Japan Science and Technology Agency)

Pavilón QUTE, Auditórium – 2. poschodie, FÚ SAV

Economic growth and disaster recovery have been advocated as the most important challenges faced by the Japanese government under Prime Minister Abe. Over the past few years, after the change of government in Japan at the end of 2012, “Science, Technology, and Innovation” have been directed to these challenges and are expected to continue to make significant contributions. In June, the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) formulated “Comprehensive STI Strategy 2014” adding new views on establishing Japan as the most innovation-friendly country in the world.

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is expected to promote innovations and provide seamless support by bridging the gap between basic research and commercialization in industries.

Creating international partnerships is another key area wherein Japan can maintain its position within the global community. JST encourages international research collaboration and I welcome the new scientific partnerships that have already been established between members of the Visegrad group of countries and Japan. In my lecture, I will present an overview of the current circumstances in Japan. I will then introduce the roles of JST and the activities we need to pursue to achieve our mission.

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