Thursday, November 01, 2007

Incubation of SciCom to Trans Research

My Japanese blog of Science Communication.

* Science Communication
SciCom to Trans Research

This is my personal blog concerning the Japanese Science Communication, which is in fact incubated from the discussions done in other SNS Research Problems (for closed use only)

The discussed thema are very wide from journal information on scientific community to research system problems in public institutions, but I have concentrated on the topoics for Science Technology Policy and related NPO management.

Starting from this existing trace to the discussion, I develope the forum site to incubate the Trans-disciplinary Research.

Science Comunication in Japan

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Creation of Disuccions Forum

The Japanese voluntary group of Communication in Sciences is launching the english forum board for the discussion of various theme concerning the Research and Innovation.

The detail of the Forum are below, but this is only preliminary idea. Please feel free to access to our discussion board and let us construct these details.

- Site location :

- Tentative name for presention :
Science Communication Japan

- Sub presentation :
Intercollaboration of Science Communication and Interdisciplinary Research.

- Concepts :
To share the passion and communication on the Science Communication, Science and Society, Interdisciplinary Research, Social Science and Humaniies, starting from the activities based in Tokyo

- Forum :
1. Science Communication
2. Science and Society
3. Interdisciplinary Research
4. Integration of SSH in RTD
5. Marketing and funding for research
6. Industry - Accademy relay

- Category : (under the each forum)
1.1 News in Science and Technology
1.2 Methodology and theoretical development
1.3 Practice of Science Communication

2.1 The discours of Science and Society
2.2 Accountability and responsability of research community
2.3 Technology assessment and research evaluation
2.4 Approches of Science & Society, STS, MOT

3.1 Typical cases of Interdisciplinary research
3.2 Typical COE of Interdisciplinary research

4.1 Proper field and fusion field of SSH
4.2 Research design of SSH in RTD

5.1 Research evalution and needs articulation for research
5.2 Evidence based assessment of University research

6.1 Outreach of researh in the society
6.2 Small Medium Enterprise and Technology Licencing
6.3 Laboratory Management
6.4 Management of Technology and Economy

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Incubating sites for Science Communication

The original source of Japan Time's article here was inspired by the maling list concerning Kenkyu-sha in Japan (Foreign Researcher's in Japan).

Addendum, I remarked an exsisting initiative for attempting the science communication by Prof. P. J. Matthews (National Museum of Ethnology).

Inside of our SciCom (NPO Science Communication Japan), we have discussion forum and the following topics (some in Japanese, some in English) ;
1. Research & Innovation community aiming AAAS in Japan
2. Science Communication programs in Japan
3. News watching on Research & Innovation, from news papers, AAAS and Nature.
4. Students and researcher's from Abroad, project 100,000 since 1987 and new project 1,000,000 upto 2015 by Japanese government
5. Science and Arts - LEONARDO Program from MIT
6. Researcher's Carrier Path, accademic and non-accademic, a model of EMBO
7. S&T Policy anslyse and critics from the manifest of Election 2003, 2005, 2007 in Japan.
8. NPO activity and Science Tecnology
9. Funding Guidance by EU, FP7 and ERA
10. Lobbying for Research and Innovation in EU.
11. Public Consulting and advocacy in EU.
12. Eurobusiness as an outreach of relay academy - industry.
13. Seminar and Colloque reports from DIJ, MFJ in Japan
14. News watching and analysis on Euroscience, ESF, ESOF
15. Interdisciplinary research and it's promotion, related to Social Science and Humanties. ... etc

Any comments and suggestions are welcome to our SciCom Office.
E-mail :

You have also a english based offical site of science and technology by JST.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

2007 Election House of Councillors and S&T Policy Analysis

Here is interesting remarks from Japan Times ;

“… many government initiatives actively prevent the integration of foreign scientists into the Japanese research and university environments.”

By the way, does anybody among you have interest to analyse the “Japanese Manifest on Science & Technology Policy” ?

Next July, the national election for the House of Councillors is soon comming.

* 2007 Election House of Councillors
* Analysis of S&T Policy at the Election 2005
* Analysis of S&T Policy at the Election 2003

Japanese system stifles foreign scientific talent Stark options mean researchers forced to head elsewhere, says Peter Osborne (Japan Times)


Left unchecked, Japan’s aging population and decreasing birthrate will reduce domestic economic productivity and, ultimately, affect the quality of life of all those who inhabit these islands.


The internationalization of the Japanese workforce is occurring slowly in some fields of employment, particularly in the service and blue-collar industries. However, another key part of the solution to the problem of an aging population is the employment and integration of highly skilled foreign professionals into Japanese society.
Take scientists, a group about which I have first-hand experience. Today, scientific advancements are rarely attributed to the work of a lone researcher. .....
The Japanese domestic research environment, however, remains far from diverse. The numbers of both female and foreign scientists employed at Japanese universities are “extremely low” relative to other member countries of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), the government admits (see ). However, despite the government’s statements to the contrary, many government initiatives actively prevent the integration of foreign scientists into the Japanese research and university environments. .....

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Example of SciCom News

Hi, all
Here is an exemple of our activities, one of the Email Magazine "SciCom News" issue No. 186. I hope you can figure out our news activitiy is sacred for news watching and it's anlysis.
Cheers, Shingo Hamada

※SciCom News is an free weekly Email magazine issued on every Monday by NPO Science Communication Japan
※Please consult for details in japanese to our site.
※You cand subscribe and unsubcribe in SciCom News from the pages below.
Blog Research News Clips

★Issue Number 2334(22.04.2007) MagMag 2054 and via melma! 280
◆◇◆ NPO Science Communication News ◆◇◆         
No.186 30.04.2007 No.1

Index -●Editorial
●Research News 
- MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technologyistry)   
Policy for worldclass COE, Reseach budget 2,18 billion yen, from MEXT to Universities. 
- JST (Japanese Science and Technology Agency)   
- CSTP (Council of Science Technology Policy)   
- METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)    
Demonstration of 7 keys and 100 know-how for innovation and creativeness. 
- MHLW(Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)    
Public dialog 26. Apr. 2007, on innovative generic pharmacy 
- Environment    
IPCC sumit : Initiative of Ban Shin at UN for Green House Effect.  
- Trends of Cabinet Policy and Research   ...  
- University   
the budge allocation for unversity management decrease, can be the crisis 
- Relay of Accademy - Industry - Administration in public policy    
Prefecture Okinawa and Ryukyu Univeristy find the way to proliferate the high value added porc "Ague" by using the freeze sperma technology  
- Research Community    
Face change of the english Jounal of Japan Academy, open the public submission.

◆◇◆ NPO Science Communication News ◆◇◆         
No.186 30.04.2007 No.2
- Education, Science Communication   
What's on visiting report of Interpreter UK  
- Detective in Research Affaires   
- Virginia Tech Univeristy (Special Edition)    
How would we react, when the Chon Sunhi occured here in Japan ?  
- Security and Safty of Foods, Policy of Agro-alimentation.  
- GMO (Special Edition)
- BSE(Special Edition)    
Re-open the Japanese market for US beef - Push by sumit meeting    
US deputee 24 has submitted the recommendation letter to the President G. Bush  
- Bird Influenza (Special Edition)    
Bird Influenze : Yamagata prefecture sets the security manuals 
- Material resourcerization of human body, life.    
26% Positive to use of human ovum by research repot of MHLW

●Worldwide Research News  
- USA   ...  
- UK   Protect basic research: UK scientists 
- South Korea   
- China    
China sets the Human resource policy in special foour types  
- Australia   
Government 'protecting energy exports' 
- Inde   
Lift-off for Indian commercial rocket 
- Asia/Oceania   ...  
- Europa   ...  
- The others   ...

◆◇◆ NPO Science Communication News ◆◇◆         
No.186 30.04.2007 No.3
●Human Resource -     ...
●Debate and discussion  -     ...
●Media Watch  -     ...
●Books、Magazine, Email News -     ...
- Japanese Society of Immunology   
"Mystery and future of Immunology - Frontier Talk in with the researcher"  
10:00~17:00 03-04.05.2007,   MESCI7F CR1、CR2、CR3

- Public Open Sminar of Funghi Medical Research Centre of Chiba University  
"Mold !? They are comming soon - part 2 - "  
14:00~16:30 13.05.2007  
Grand hall, Keyaki Haouse, West Chaba Campus of Chiba University

- No. 15th Laureate Lecture of Kihara Memorial Fundation   
Photo response mechanism of plants - Encounter of Physiology and Genetics  
15:00~16:00 18.05.2007   
Hall 3F, Kihara Biology Research Institute of Yokohama City University

- No. 28th Math-Science Tsubasa Summer Seminar   
07-11.08.2007 The suburbe of Hakodate City

●Announcement from NP Science Communication Japan  
- Now on sale, how to not fail in Choice of Graduate School 
- Recreut Editorial Staff SciCom News 
- We are asking for the donnation

"NPO Science Communication News"
[SciCom News] No.186 30.04.2007 No.1
【Publisher】Eisuke Enoki(President NPO Science Communication Japan)
【Editor】Mamoru Fukashima, Kouji Tachibana and editorial board of Scicom
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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Meeting wth Prof. Dr. Jones, 12. Apr. 2007.

Here is the report of meeting wth Prof. Dr. Jones, 12. Apr. 2007.

Prof. Dr. Edward A, Jones, invited program coordinator of Fulbright Memorial Foundation in Japan, is working actually for the program coordination for the exchange of Science communication between Japan and United States. He has installed his office at Information Society Research Instutite at Tama University and his office is entitled Research Development Organization MTP (Master Teacher Program).

He demonstrates his program of Science Communication already launched in US and in Japan, which is to link the platform of Museum - School (University also) cascade network. In japanese side, this network consists of Sendai, Nara and Hiroshima area's sub-structure, the highschool teachers and many students, kids have joined there.

This trial has already gotten a reputated recognition to the people of professional activity of Science Communication, namely, the manager class of National Science Musium of Ueno (Kahaku), National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Nihon Kagaku Mirai-kan).

This time, he has exposed his colloque of this trail project at GLOCOM Conference, "Public Communication to Create Social Knowlege on Science and Sustainablity (*)". He has ucceedingly
gave me a contact message concerning my expose at GLOCOM "The Science Communication Project in Japan - Scienc and Society, an approach of Interdisciplinary Research "

We have discussed on these projects, which apparrently exhibite a mutual complementary aspect of the approach to the social knowledge of science and it's sustainablity and creativity. One way to construct the exchange scheme of science communication of Museu-Educaiton between US-Japan, and another way to reconstruct the social debate by connecting the steakholder of science communication and interdisciplinary research. We are very much satified to find ourselves capable to help each other.

Prof. Dr. Jones is expressing now his interest to enlarge this circle of communication with the help of NPO Science Communication Japan (**), partly to promote his project in next steps, and partly to have a chance to access to the Japanese national program of Science Communication with the budget aid.

(*) Here is an announced resume of his exposed colloque, held 22. Februrary 2007.

Reporter : Shingo Hamada

Int'l Univ. of Japan-GLOCOM Seminar on February 22

"Public Communication to Create Social Knowlege on Science and Sustainablity"


Increasing global environmental concerns are creating a demand for global responses through treaty regimes and other accommodations. Highly publicized issues, such as global warming, fisheries depletion, whaling, nuclear energy, air and water quality are all being pushed to the fore as problems requiring immediate attention. Japan has been the subject of high levels of criticism in this regard and often has been ineffective in responding to it.

Part of the reason for this lies in the lack of public understanding of the scientific issues involved both in Japan and in other countries. A greater public understanding of both science and the ways in which research results are interpreted is essential for effective policy making and effective international relations. This can be hard to come by given that the publics in developed countries often feel overwhelmed by a deluge of competing claims and counter-claims.

The National Science Foundation in the United States has proposed that museums and other informal science centers can help to remedy this situation by devoting more resources to increasing public understanding of science. The Japan Society for Organizational Learning and the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Master Teacher Program have adopted this concept in creating communities of practice that will develop "social knowledge cascades."

These activities bring together museums, universities, schools, government agencies, NPOs and others in a process of communication and community building organized around specific thematic events. These events or "cascades" involve a combination of online and offline activities designed to draw attention to, stimulate discussions about and provide learning opportunities regarding a specific topic area.

To date, 185 pairs of schools and affiliated institutions in the United States and Japan have participated in developing this process on a binational basis. It has also provided a basic model for the implementation of UNESCO's Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. The ultimate result should be a "network of practice" linking communities of practice in a process of global creation.