Dr. Chung-Duk Kim, Chairman of KOSEF
Prof. Toru Nomura and Prof. Chong-Shik Chin, Co-Chairmen of the
and committee members:
On behalf of the Japan Society for the Promotion
of Science, I would like to extend a cordial welcome to the distinguished
members of the Korean Delegation and to the distinguished Japanese
Committee members on the occasion of this thirteenth meeting of
the Japan-Korea Joint Committee for Basic Scientific Research.
I am most pleased to have this opportunity
to be here with you and to offer a few remarks at the opening
of this important meeting.
As a core organization for advancing science,
JSPS implements programs for fostering young researchers, awarding
research grants, and promoting international cooperation. The
latter, promoting international cooperation, is an especially
important part of JSPS's overall program. JSPS now has scientific
cooperation agreements with 78 organizations in 42 countries.
Among them, KOSEF is the most important partner for JSPS. Many
projects are running between JSPS and KOSEF.
Under this situation, this Joint Committee
has contributed significantly for promoting joint research projects
and seminars over the past 12 years. Since 1991, 202 research
projects and 95 seminars have been successfully carried out. I
am very pleased to learn that through these activities, researchers
in our countries are developing both professional and personal
ties and that, year by year, these relationships are growing even
I would like to express my sincere gratitude
to all the Committee members who have worked so hard to advance
this bilateral program over the years.
In today's meeting, we will carry out a general
review of last year's activities, and will discuss and select
new projects for this year. I am confident that the discussion
today will be most fruitful in bringing about the effective implementation
of this year's program.
Thank you very much.