“Science in Japan” Forum
The Topic: Energy and
Date: June 15,
at Cosmos Club,
On June 15th, the 15th “Science in Japan” Forum was held
at Cosmos Club in Washington DC. The topic of this year was
“Energy and Environment”.
The forum opened with remarks by Prof. Motoyuki Ono,
President of JSPS, and Mr. Kenji Shinoda, Minister of
Embassy of Japan. After that, Dr. Hirotaka Sugawara,
Director of JSPS Washington Office, explained the importance
of the “Science in Japan” Forum and why “Energy and
Environment” was chosen as the forum’s theme.
There was four sessions at this forum. The first session
in the morning was titled: “Environment” which was convened
by Dr. Teruyuki Nakajima of the Atmospheric and Ocean
Research Institute (AORI) at the University of Tokyo. The
first speaker of the session was Dr. William Lau, Goddard
Institute, NASA, who gave a very impressive presentation to
open the forum. He was followed by Dr. Michael MacCracken
who explained several of the current environmental issues.
The session ended with an enthusiastic talk by Dr. Syukuro
Manabe of Princeton University.
The second session was called “Renewable Energy and
Energy Efficiency”, which was convened by Dr. Burton Richtor
of Stanford University. The first speaker was Dr. Henry
Kelly, US Department of Energy, who talked in detail about
energy efficiency matters. He was followed by Dr. Yoshihiro
Suda who gave a presentation on the cutting-edge science in
Japan today. Lastly, Dr. Richtor gave a talk about energy
efficiency and buildings.
In the afternoon, Dr. Chris Llewellyn Smith of Oxford
University convened the session titled: “Advanced Energy
Sources”. In the session, Dr. Steve Cowley of the Culham
Centre for Fusion Energy in the United Kingdom, spoke
optimistically about fusion energy. Next, Dr. Yoichi Fujiie,
former chairman of Japan Atomic Energy Commission, spoke
about the future of nuclear energy. Lastly, Dr. Llewellyn
Smith spoke in an urgent tone about the Earth’s future
The final session was titled: “Government Policy” which
was convened by Dr. Neal Lane, RICE University. The first
speaker was Dr. Nina Fedoroff of the US Department of State
who gave an insightful vision of US policy. She was followed
by Mr. Sadayuki Tsuchiya, Ministry of Education, Culture,
Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, who
presented the efforts of Japan on policies regarding energy
All of the speakers were leading experts in their
respective fields. The audience listened with interest to
each of the lectures which were of considerable interest to
administrators for science policy as well as to specialists
in those fields.
The forum assembled some 100 government administrators,
university researchers and others, who listened to the
presentations with eager attention and exchanged information
on research in the subject fields with the speakers and one
another with enthusiasm.