Erling Rimestad presented his credentials to the Emperor of Japan this September, thus officially beginning his tenure as the Norwegian Ambassador to Japan. We talked to him about his thoughts on the job, the country, and Norwegian efforts in Japan going forward. How can Norwegians benefit from working with Japan? In some countries there is(…)
The 2014 Nobel prize for Physics is to be split between Isamu Akasaki of Meijo University and Nagoya University, Japan, Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University, Japan, and Shuji Nakamura of University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. The prize is being awarded “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”. Compared(…)
The 2014 Nobel prize for physiology or medicine is to be split between University College London’s John O’Keefe, and the Norwegian husband-and-wife team of Edvard and May-Britt Moser. According to the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institute press release, the prize was awarded “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain”. British-American(…)
The organizers, together with Japanese partners, are now inviting input on how to develop the program of the Japan-Norway Energy Science Week, scheduled to take place in Tokyo 26th-29th May, 2015. The Energy Science Week is building on the science weeks of the two preceding years, the last one in 2014 focusing on the marine/seafood area. Japan(…)
From FY2013, under the framework of its bilateral program, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) includes a new scheme called Open Partnership Joint Research Projects/Seminars. This scheme gives all researchers around the world an opportunity to conduct bilateral joint research projects or seminars in any academic field with funded Japanese colleagues. The scheme supports(…)
On December 8th the Norwegian Embassy hosted a lecture on recent developments in Japan’s science, technology and innovation (STI) policy given by Dr. Yuko Harayama, Executive Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) in the Cabinet Office to the Science and Technology Diplomatic Circle of Tokyo. In her presentation Dr. Harayama elaborated(…)
The Research Council of Norway is proposing an increase of NOK 1.1 billion for research in its input to the national budget for 2016. Special target areas in the proposed budget for 2016 include sustainability, innovation, the EU and world-leading research groups. Read more.
To cope with the image left behind by the 2011 nuclear accident, Fukushima prefecture is making strong efforts to establish itself as a hub for renewable energy and green technology in their region. Among the measures taken lies the annual Renewable Energy Industrial Fair (REIF), which took place for the third time in Koriyama, Fukushima, December(…)