Japan’s R&D Policy: The Key to Sustainable Economic Strength in the 21st Century

Thanks for your ongoing support of Harvard Club of Japan’s events. We are pleased to invite your members to a talk “Japan’s R&D Policy: The Key to Sustainable Economic Strength in the 21st Century” by RIKEN Executive Director Shigeharu Kato. Details follow below and at http://www.harvardclubjapan.org/article.html?aid=277

Japan’s R&D Policy: The Key to Sustainable Economic Strength in the 21st Century

Recently appointed RIKEN Executive Director Shigeharu Kato will discuss RIKEN’s role and strategy as an esteemed leading institution of Japan’s national R&D and also lessons from the STAP cell scientific misconduct scandal.

Success in R&D is critical to Japan’s economic future, and skillful management of R&D is more important than ever. The example of the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, better known as RIKEN, shows the full range of possible outcomes in R&D, from the glory of Nobel Prizes to an embarrassing scandal over scientific misconducts in STAP cell research. Please join the Harvard community for a talk by Shigeharu Kato, Executive Director of RIKEN who was recently chosen to help lead that institution as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2017 while dealing with the fallout from the STAP scandal. Mr. Kato (HKS MPP ’86) will describe the lessons Riken has learned from the past and the strategy it is embracing to maintain its leading role in Japan’s R&D effort.

DATE and TIME:  Tuesday September 15th , 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Doors open at 18:30pm.)

PLACE: Roppongi Hills Club, 51 floor Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku

Admission 6,000 yen includes buffet dinner with cash bar for all beverages.

REGISTRATION: Please use the form right on the web page http://www.harvardclubjapan.org/article.html?aid=277

Please register by September12th. All cancellations after that date and no-shows will be invoiced. Your understanding is appreciated.

Shigeharu Kato graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1980 and entered the Science and Technology Agency (which was integrated into the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2001). Mr. Kato has engaged mainly with science and technology policy, development of nuclear technology and safety regulations for nuclear energy. Mr. Kato studied at Harvard’s Kennedy School from 1984 to 1986 earning a master’s degree of public policy. In recent years, Mr. Kato was engaged with international cooperation in the fields of education and science through UNESCO and Southeast Asian regional framework.

At RIKEN, Mr. Kato served first as senior manager to support President Ryozo Noyori when the institute became an independent administrative agency in 2003. In 2014, Mr. Kato returned to RIKEN as Special Advisor to the President to help address challenges including the STAP cells case. Mr. Kato was designated Executive Director under new President Hiroshi Matsumoto in April 2015.




TELL x Ivy League Alumni Picnic

With the summer heat starting to diminish, the alumni of Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Yale, along with TELL are planning a family picnic on Saturday, October 10th at Arisugawa Park.  The event is open to all alumni clubs and friends.

The event will be in a relaxed atmosphere where entertainer Guy Totaro (www.supagaijin.com) will perform for the kids, soft drinks will be provided, and we welcome individuals and families from all college and university alumni associations and friends as well.

TELL Executive Director Roberto De Vido (Brown ’85) will also be present and briefly explain about some of the services that TELL offers.  TELL(www.telljp.com) is a mental health services organization with a 40+ year history in Japan that provides a wide range of services for families and children.  Although many people know the organization for its Lifeline, information about TELL’s other mental health services (e.g. exceptional parenting programs, and anti-bullying, eating disorders and suicide prevention and awareness initiatives) is often not well known. The event will also offer the chance to ask questions about the organisation.

Date:  Saturday, October 10, 11:30-14:30

Venue: Arisugawa Park (800m from Azabujuban Station).  It will be held at the circular island near the library and the man-made fountain.

Additional info:  Soft drinks will be provided, but please feel free to BYOP (Bring your own picnic) as food will not be provided.

Entertainment: The great Guy Totaro  (www.supagaijin.com)

Please RSVP by September 15 by contacting us at alumnipicnic@telljp.com.  (This will help us to contact you if we need to postpone the event due to inclement weather or for another reason).  If you have any questions, please also email alumnipicnic@telljp.com.

Panel Discussion on LGBTI Marriage Rights in Japan with Shibuya Mayor Ken Hasebe

Panel Discussion on LGBTI Marriage Rights in Japan with Shibuya Mayor Ken Hasebe

A co-sponsored event celebrating the one-year anniversary of the LGBTI professionals organization Fruits in Suits

The Harvard Club of Japan and Fruits in Suits (FinS), Japan’s largest international LGBTI organization of professional men and women, are proud to present special guest Mayor Ken Hasebe of the City of Shibuya, who will speak about the background of the Shibuya ordinance to issue certificates recognized as an equivalent to marriage in his ward.

We will hear about the current situation and future initiatives as well as take questions from the audience in a candid discussion with two NPOs deeply involved with these political and social challenges.

We will also be joined by the Honorable Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark to Japan, who as representative of the first country to legalize same-sex marriage will join us in lauding Shibuya’s first step towards this goal.

Panelists include NPOs Equal Marriage Alliance Japan Founder and President Kazu Terada and Kyousei Net (Japan Sexual Minorities Support Network for Social Inclusion, JaSMin) Executive Director Minata Hara.

DATE and TIME: September 11th (Friday)  19:00pm to 21:00pm (Doors open at 18:30pm)

PLACE: Roppongi Hills Club

Directions: http://www.roppongihillsclub.com/visitor/dfw/en/common/pdf/map.pdf

ADMISSION:  7000 yen per person including standing buffet. Cash bar available.



Please contact Harvard Club of Japan Events Director Jonathan Harlow (jonathan@jonathanharlow.com) for any additional enquiries.


Profile of Shibuya City Mayor Ken Hasebe:

Attended Jingumae Elementary School, Harajuku Junior High School and Koseigakuen High School

Graduated from Senshu University

Established NPO “Green Bird” and started a campaign to “clean the town”:

A promotion not to litter the street with cigarette butts. Starting in Harajuku/Omotesando, it has now spread to more than 60 areas all over Japan.

Worked as a member of the Shibuya City Assembly from 2003 for 12 years.

Inaugurated as Mayor of Shibuya City on April 27, 2015.


About Fruits in Suits:

FinS members are professionals in business, education, the arts and other fields, but we also serve as a nexus between our members and other LGBTI organizations working to realize and secure the equality and civil liberties of both Japanese and resident LGBTI individuals in Japan. Our mission is to inform the community of these domestic efforts through regularly scheduled speaker events and communications; unite with LGBTI organizations through a variety of financial and strategic initiatives; and support them to effect change in our communities and society.

Mr. Yuma Terada: Discusion on issues facing Japanese cultural industries

You are cordially invited to a presentation in English, featuring Mr. Yuma Terada (CC ’05), co-owner of Cork Inc.,a Tokyo-based artist management company, on Thursday, September 17 at 19:00.  Yuma will discuss some of the structural issues facing the Japanese cultural industries and what his startup is doing towards a breakthrough.

The event is open to all Columbia University alumni and their guests, as well as members of other U.S. university alumni organizations in Japan.  This will take place at American Center Japan in Tameike Sanno.  Please have a picture ID ready at the entrance for a security check.  The event will end around 20:00, and the speaker and others will head to dinner nearby.  Hope you can make it!

RSVP: https://jp.surveymonkey.com/s/52LQLMS

Each participant needs to register separately for security reasons.  The survey will close on Sunday, September 13, at 17:00, so that the guest list can be submitted to the U.S. Embassy.

Contact: Hiroko Imaeda (CLCJ officer, CC ’04)


Speaker bio:  Yuma Terada CC’05 is co-owner of Cork Inc., the Tokyo-based artist management company representing some of the most prominent novelists and manga artists working in Japan today.  He was a guest speaker at 2015 Cannes Film Festival as well as 2014 Tokyo International Film Festival.  Prior to Cork, Terada worked at Goldman Sachs (Tokyo) and a global hedge fund (London/Hong Kong) as a principal investor.

Presentation: The Japanese government over the past decade has promoted the so-called Cool Japan policy, which focuses on the country’s contemporary culture—including fashion, manga, J-pop, anime, literature and cuisine—and aims to monetize these “soft assets” by exporting them overseas.  The policy has seen mixed results, and establishing a robust export economy based on culture remains difficult.  Yuma Terada discusses some of the structural issues facing the Japanese cultural industries and what his startup is doing towards a breakthrough.

Time/Date: 19:00-20:00, Thursday, September 17.

Please plan to arrive a few minutes early, as there’ll be a securities check at the entrance.

Place: American Center Japan

NOF Tameike Building, 8F

1-1-14, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052


Cost: The presentation is Free! Dinner afterwards will be a la carte and we’ll split the bill.


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