Brown University Club Hanami Party – April 4th 2015

Greetings from the Brown University Club of Japan,

imageAll Ivy+ alumni and friends are invited to join us for our annual Hanami Party on Saturday April 4, 2015 at Komaba Koen. It’s a great time to relax with friends under billowing clouds of pink blossoms. This event just keeps getting bigger and better every year, so don’t miss out.

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About our magnificent location:

Komaba Koen is the site of the former Toshinari Maeda mansion, built in 1929. The lawn in front of this gorgeous Tudor style mansion is surrounded by about 150 cherry trees. During hanami, you can expect a smaller, less raucous crowd than the more famous hanami spots around town.

Komaba Koen is an 8 minute walk from Komaba Todai Mae Station on the Inokashira line (3 min. from Shibuya).

Place: Komaba Koen, Meguro-ku, Tokyo. See here for detailed directions.
Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Time: 11:00-15:00

Cost: Free. BYOB (bring your own bento!, and a plastic sheet to sit on would also be helpful). And please remember to carry your own garbage home.

RSVP’s are appreciated, but not necessary. Participation is unlimited.
Email: bucj_hanami_2015@bucj.org

Day of event contact:
Walter Edwards
Tel: 080-4150-9102

This event will be canceled in the case of rain.

Sincerely,

Walter Edwards
Brown University Club of Japan

Commercializing of advanced scientific discoveries, Harvard Club of Japan, Thursday April 2, 2015

Dear heads of Japan alumni clubs of Babson, Berkeley, Bocconi, Brown, Cambridge, Columbia, Cornell, UChicago, Dartmouth, Georgetown, MIT, Northwestern, Oxford, Princeton, Science Po, Smith, Stanford, Temple, Tufts, Wellesley, UWisconsin, Yale and Yonsei:

Thanks for your ongoing support of Harvard Club of Japan’s events. We are pleased to invite your members to a talk “Unlocking the commercial and medical potential of Japanese science via entrepreneurship” by Robert Kneller, J.D., M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), University of Tokyo. Details follow below and on our website.

We hope you and some of your members can attend.

Best wishes,
Carl Kay
President
Harvard Club of Japan

We are pleased to invite your members to a talk “Unlocking the commercial and medical potential of Japanese science via entrepreneurship” by Robert Kneller, J.D., M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), University of Tokyo.

Japan is poorly represented in commercial applications of new science and engineering discoveries. New companies are in the global forefront of commercializing new advanced scientific and technological products, but hardly any of these new companies are Japanese. Entrepreneurial Japanese companies in science and engineering face unique challenges not faced by American and even European startups. But Japan offers some advantages, too.

This talk will focus on Dr. Kneller’s experience in trying to open a second path to commercializing promising Japanese scientific discoveries, namely the creation of new companies that will assume the risks and potential rewards of developing such discoveries – either to the stage where big companies are interested in taking on development themselves, or to the stage where the new company can grow and continue innovating on its own. Based on examples of trying to move forward several promising biomedical discoveries, Dr. Kneller will sketch out a roadmap for commercializing promising biomedical discoveries by forming new companies – a roadmap that may offer some guideposts for startups in other industries. One of the basic points is that success depends upon the startups being internationally oriented from birth. This includes openness to overseas investment, and aiming for international validation, regulatory approval, and markets.

Time and Date: April 2nd (Thursday) 19:00 – 21:00pm (Doors open at 18:30pm.)
VENUE: Roppongi Hills Club, 51fl, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
(map)
Admission 5,000 yen includes standing buffet dinner with cash bar for all beverages.
Registration: Please use the form on the right side of the page.
Please register by March 28th. Cancellations after that date and no-shows will be invoiced.
Questions to: mailto:veritas@fa.catv-yokohama.ne.jp

Speaker Bio:

Professor Kneller’s research has focused on startups, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, university-industry technology transfer, and the importance of these factors for innovation and the development of biomedical discoveries for public benefit. He is board certified in General Preventive Medicine having completed his residency and public health studies in Johns Hopkins University. His MD is from Mayo Medical School (1984). He has a JD from Harvard Law School (1980). From 1988 to 1997 he worked in the US National Institutes of Health, first as a cancer epidemiologist, then in science policy, and finally at the coordinator for clinical cooperative R&D agreements with industry to develop NIH cancer drugs. He has worked in China on epidemiology studies and in clinical medicine and public health.

“A Stowaway’s Dilemma– Yoshida Shoin (1830-1859) on Perry’s Flagship and in Shimoda Jail” by Kansai University Professor Tao Demin

We are pleased to invite your members to a talk “A Stowaway’s Dilemma– Yoshida Shoin (1830-1859) on Perry’s Flagship and in Shimoda Jail” by Kansai University Professor Tao Demin.

This year’s NHK Taiga dorama “Hana Moyu” (flowers burning) started on January 4th with Yoshida Shoin (Torajiro, 1830-1859) and his sister Fumi as the hero and heroine. Yoshida Shoin rose to prominence at a young age and

As the spiritual leader of the Meiji Restoration,  Yoshida Shoin disseminated through his famous academy Shoka Sonjuku  a strong influence on many Samurai such as modern Japan’s first prime minister Ito Hirobumi. The most striking story in his career, however, was his attempted stowaway through Commodore Perry’s flagship Powhatan at Shimoda bay on April 25, 1854. Many puzzles had remained to be solved concerning this Shimoda story, such as the exact time Shoin climbed on the flagship; why he was not beheaded even though his stowaway violated the Bakufu’s strict prohibition on immigration; and  how humanitarian concerns mattered in the age of so-called “gunboat diplomacy” or “whale oil.” Speaker Demin Tao, who appeared in the January 3rd TV introduction to “Hana Moyu,” will answer these questions based on his findings at the NARA (National Archives and Records Administrations in Washington DC, not the capital of ancient Japan!) and Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library, as well as his reading of Japan Expedition by Commodore M.C. Perry (United States Congress Papers) and Boku-I osetu roku (the Bakufu’s Records on Negotiations with the American Barbarians).

DATE and TIME: March 17th, Tuesday, 7:00 – 9:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

The event will be held at Roppongi Hills Club and includes a standing buffet dinner with cash bar for all beverages. The cost per person is 5,000 yen. Details including registration can be seen at http://www.harvardclubjapan.org/article.html?aid=271

Please register by March 15th. Cancellations after that date and no-shows will be invoiced.

We hope you and some of your members can attend.

 

Best wishes,

Carl Kay

President

Harvard Club of Japan