Japan's science, technology, innovation top officials visit MSU

Society 5.0, disaster management among potential areas of future collaboration in Cross-Ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program presented at Management and Science University (MSU)

Management and Science University (MSU) is looking beyond Industry 4.0 into Society 5.0.

The University was presented with various potential areas of collaboration in a visit by top officials of Japan’s Cross-Ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP).

Where industry 4.0 is basically the digital transformation of manufacturing, society 5.0 is essentially one enabled by smart technology shaped by human smarts.

The SIP is Japan’s national project for science, technology and innovation, spearheaded by its Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI).

The delegation to Management and Science University (MSU) was led by CSTI Executive Member and SIP Director, Dr Kazuo Kyuma.

Science, technology and innovation drive a nation’s economic growth and vitality, and SIP’s headquarters function is to accomplish a leading role in science, technology and innovation beyond the framework of government ministries and traditional disciplines. Spanning eleven themes, SIP projects are led by experienced and talented Program Directors who guide their projects from basic research to practical application, to commercialization and exit strategy.

With pollution and natural disasters numbering among the concerns of an Industry 4.0 society, Management and Science University (MSU) explores the world of innovation with an eye outside the lab into environmental sustainability and disaster management.

Joining Dr Kazuo Kyuma from the Cabinet Office’s Bureau of Science, Technology and Innovation were the Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Professor Kishi Teruo, the Program Director for “Structural Materials for Innovation”; Professor Yozo Fujino, the Program Director for “Infrastructure Maintenance, Renovation and Management”; and the River Foundation President, Dr Seki Katsumi, the Sub-Program Director for “Enhancement of Societal Resiliency against Natural Disasters”.

The rest of the entourage was comprised of:

the Program Director of “Technologies for Creating Next-Generation Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries”, Professor Noboru Noguchi;

the Director for “Structural Materials for Innovation”, Mr Masahiro Takemura, from the Department of Innovation Platform, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST);

the Director for JST Singapore Office, Mr Masaki Sato;

the Science and Technology Expert from the Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department of the International Science Cooperation Division, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ms Eriko Kishida;

the Director of Japan Information Service, Mr Etsuko Kurihara, from the Embassy of Japan;

Program Director Mr Shiro Takegami;

and Researcher Mr Mamoru Okuno.