Ladies and Gentlemen,
On the occasion of this Eighth Science in
Japan Forum, held here in Washington, DC, I am both pleased and
honored to be able to say a few words of greeting on behalf of
the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
The purpose of the forum is to introduce leading
edge research trends being advanced in Japan. While thus enhancing
our American colleagues understanding of Japan, the forum also
serves to promote greater scientific cooperation and exchange
between Japan and the US.
Owing to your kind support and cooperation,
we are able to hold this eighth forum of the series. As JSPS's
representative, I wish to extend our hearty appreciation to all
of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to join us on
this occasion. A special thanks goes to the moderators and lecturers.
As you know, one of JSPS's primary functions
is to actively promote international scientific exchange. To further
advance science and technology in today's society, international
cooperation will be indispensable. With this in mind, JSPS opened
an overseas liaison office in San Francisco on the 27th
of last month. It is JSPS's second base of operations in the US-one
on the East Coast and one on the West Coast. Through the activities
of these two offices, I am sure that scientific exchange between
Japan and the US will both intensify and expand at an accelerated
We selected as the theme of this forum "Cosmos
and Earth." A very special feature of the forum will be our two
guest speakers, Dr. Masatoshi Koshiba and Prof. Riccard Giacconi.
They are both 2002 Nobel laureates in the field of physics. As
their achievements speak for themselves, I will not attempt to
I will mention, however, that Dr. Koshiba
served as the director of our office here in Washington for a
two-year period starting in 1995. He has contributed greatly to
JSPS's efforts to promote science.
I feel very privileged that both Dr. Koshiba
and Prof. Giacconi will favor us with presentations at this forum.
I am sure that we can gain much of value from their ideas and
concepts nurtured, as they have been, through long years of pioneering
In 1853, Commodore Perry and his fleet, the
so-called "black ships," entered the harbor of Uraga in Japan.
The following year saw the signing of the Treaty of Peace and
Amity, which initiated in earnest diplomatic relations between
Japan and the United States. Labeled the "150th Anniversary
of Japan-US Relations," both this year and next will feature a
variety of future-oriented exchange activities and events carried
out in both countries.
As one such event in the realm of science
and technology, today's forum seeks to deepen understanding and
friendship between our two countries, while building an even richer
partnership with an eye toward the future. In this vein, I look
forward to the discussions among you being both affable and animated,
and to this forum contributing to a closer and even more fruitful
collaborative environment between American and Japanese researchers.
I would like now to take this opportunity
to express our sincere appreciation to the National Institutes
of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the US
Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS) for the substantial cooperation
and support they always accord JSPS.
I also wish to thank all of you here today
for the support you give to the staffs of JSPS's offices here
in Washington and now also in San Francisco, and to ask you for
your continued cooperation.