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.
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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. .....