Message from the President
My name is Kazuo Kyuma, President of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (“NARO”), and starting from July 1, 2020, I am also delighted to become the President of Tsukuba Science City Network (“TSCN”). After leaving my role as Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, I was involved in establishing and promoting SIP (Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program) and ImPACT (Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program) at the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office, as well as creating the concept of “Society 5.0” in the formulation of the 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan for five years from 2013. Since 2018, I have been promoting research and development aiming at creating scientific and technological innovation in the agriculture and food industries as President of NARO.
Nearly 50 years have passed since the construction of Tsukuba Science City began, and in that time it has developed to become the largest research and development base in Japan. There are now about 20,000 researchers, including just over 5,000 foreign researchers, working at 29 national and other research and educational institutions, and at more than 100 institutions from the public and private sectors. TSCN was established through a merger of Tsukuba Science City Research Institute Liaison Council and Tsukuba Science City Council in June 2004. The aim of TSCN is to develop the City as a truly pleasant, mature place by making the most of its global nature. Based on the future vision of the City, the members of TSCN will closely cooperate in research and exchanges, working together on common challenges and other issues through discussions. In these ways, TSCN plays an important role in collaboration in Tsukuba.
The world is now at a major crossroad. Information technology and globalization are advancing rapidly, and economic and social structures are changing at a speed we have never experienced before. Also, amidst a variety of social issues such as the increasing global population, global warming, and frequent natural disasters, the first half of this year saw the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the world is now searching to define what it should be in the post-coronavirus era as well as in coexistence with coronavirus. In order for our country to lead the changing world under such circumstances, I believe we should aim to build a human-centered society by achieving Society 5.0 in the 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan, creating value through full use of ICT, and balancing both economic growth and solutions for social issues. Collaboration is a hugely important factor in achieving these aims. With its concentration of research institutions, Tsukuba has a geographic advantage in terms of collaborating across organizational and disciplinary boundaries and collaborating to connect foundations to practical applications toward the exit, and there is great potential here to lead the realization of Society 5.0.
As President of TSCN, I would like to work together with the members to make this organization a driving force for realizing Society 5.0 with Tsukuba at its core. As a result, it should be possible for us to lead changes not only in Tsukuba Science City and Japan, but also worldwide. We would really appreciate further understanding and support from the relevant parties in order to strongly promote the activities of TSCN.
President, Tsukuba Science City Network
(President of National Agriculture and Food Research Organization)