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COI Kickoff Symposium

Date: 24.02.2014

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) will organise a kickoff symposium for the COI Programme.

Date:      February 24th, 2014, 1 p.m. ~6 p.m. (Doors open at noon)

Venue:   The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) (2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo)

Admission is free, but seating capacity is limited (300 seats) so registration in advance is required!

registration: http://www.jst.go.jp/coi/sympo/sympo.html (Japanese Only)


The COI Program

The Center of Innovation (COI) program is one of the main funding programs under the Center of Innovation Science and Technology based Radical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (COI STREAM) which was launched in 2013 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

For COI STREAM, MEXT (i) sets visions by using a backcasting method with the aim of realizing a desirable society and way of life, (ii) identifies R&D challenges along the visions, (iii) breaks out the frameworks of traditional research fields and existing organizations, and (iv) provides intensive support for industry-academia collaboration from basic research to practical application. COI STREAM intends not only to realize radical innovation which is difficult to be accomplished by industry or academia alone, but also to establish innovation platforms in Japan.


Agenda (Click here to open pdf) 


Opening Remarks

  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)



Keynote Speech

  • Hiroshi KOMIYAMA, Chairman of the Institute, Mitsubishi Research Institute; Chairman of the COI STREAM Governing Committee



Panel Discussion



  • Marika UCHIDA, Science Writer

 Invited Speakers 

  • Mitsuru IZUMO, President, euglena Co., Ltd
  • Yoshie OKUSA; Director, natural science (NPO), Board Member, LLC FIELD AND NETWORK


  • Hiroshi KOMIYAMA, Chairman of the Institute, Mitsubishi Research Institute
  • Michinari HAMAGUCHI, President, Nagoya University, Principal Visionary Leader of the COI Program
  • Yuzuru MATSUDA, Adviser, Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd., Visionary Leader of Vision 1
  • Akira YOKOTA, Former Executive Vice President, ITOCHU Corporation; Visionary Leader of Vision 2
  • Masaharu SUMIKAWA, Senior Adviser, Hitachi, Ltd., Visionary Leader of Vision 3



Presentation from COI Sites



Poster Session by COI Sites and COI-Trials


Topics of discussion in the panel session


The discussion theme will be selected from among the following options based on the advance poll from participants: 

  1. Could we be happier in a society which doesn’t count on science and technology?
  2. How do we describe our ideal future society targeting the Tokyo Olympics 2020? What challenges should we overcome and what technologies do we need?
  3. Will the world come where a 100-year-old person can work as same as a 20-year-old person?
  4. Is Japan a truly comfortable country to live, in terms of public safety, medical services, environment, employment, and food, etc.?
  5. What is the top priority issue for --- generation by the end of the next decade? ( ↑Speakers can choose whatever generation they like.)
  6. What can / should we pass on to our descendants?
  7. What kind of individual happiness or happy society do we expect?


During the event simultaneous interpretation from Japanese to English will be available.



Contact Information                             

The Secretariat of COI Kickoff Symposium

Japan Science and Technology Agency

Tel:+81-3-5214-7997 E-mail:coi-event@jst.go.jp

URL: http://www.jst.go.jp/tt/EN/platform/coi.html



For more information about the COI Programme, visit the JST website: http://www.jst.go.jp/tt/EN/platform/coi.html

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