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Messages from the President

Mr.Hashimoto

I am Chiho Watanabe, the president of National Institute for Environmental Studies and I am taking over the Chairman of Tsukuba Science City Network as of April 1st, 2017.

Tsukuba Science City has started is construction following the September 10th 1963 Cabinet Agreement. Today, there are 29 national and independent research and educational institutes gathering together, and more than on hundred public and private research institutions located in Tsukuba Science City, making it Japan’s largest center for research and development. Also, there are total of 20,000dometic and foreign researchers, including 8000 Ph.D holders in the Tsukuba area, accounting for about 10% of the 230,000 population of Tsukuba ( as of April 2017). They are engaging with research activities and supporting Japan’s development as a nation creative in science and technology.
Development of transportation infrastructure and living environments is steadily progressing, which includes the Tsukuba Express (TX), Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway, Narita International Airport and Ibaraki airport, leading to Tsukuba Science City’s advancement in becoming a global center for research exchange.

In this situation, Tsukuba Science City Liaison Council for Promotion of Research Exchange [Tsukukenkyo ] and Tsukuba science City Council [ Kengakukyo ] were merged into Tsukuba Science City Network [Tsukukyo ] in June 2004.
By taking advantage of Tsukuba Science City’s international nature and in respect to the future vision of Tsukuba Science City, Tsukuba Science City Network aims to have it’s  members closely cooperate in working on common issues and research exchange, to share information when necessary, and also to achieve full urban development that will be truly great to live in. In order to achieve those goals, Tsukuba Science City Network works on the following,
1) Research exchange and Collaboration between Industry, Academia and government. .
2) Structuring of 3E city Tsukuba model.
3) Sharing information in support of human resources.
4) Promotion of public relations as well as Transmission of information.
5) International exchange and cooperation.
6) Maintenance and improvement of member institutions facilities and their environments.
7) Improvement of industrial safety and health.

2014 marked Tsukuba Science City Network’s 10th anniversary. In order to turn Tsukuba Science City into a truly valuable global center for innovation, I believe Tsukuba Science City Network needs to build a “Tsukuba” brand that will attract the most talented people and information from around the world. Establishment of this brand can be achieved through promoting co-creation between different actors of the industry world, including universities, research institutions, investors and corporations; enhancing the added value and strengthening the networking function of collaboration between financial academia, industry and government; improving more opportunities for young researchers to actively take part in activities; Improving the system to admit foreign researchers; and promoting cooperation with innovation centers abroad.

Furthermore, I hope to work with all member institutions to push on forward [The 5th Science and Technology Base Plan], [The 3rd guidelines for science and technology promotion in IBARAKI ] developed in 2016 and [ the Tsukuba Communiqué] adopted at [the G7 Science and Technology Ministers’ Meeting in Tsukuba Ibaraki in May 2016].

I would like to kindly ask for sincere understanding and support of everyone involved in the activities of Science Tsukuba City.

Chiho Watanabe
President, Tsukuba Science City Network
(President, National Institute for Environmental Studies)