Study Abroad in Japan

Archived: October 30, 2013; 2:00PM EST

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is an independent administrative institution with a mission to promote contributions to science from all fields by disbursing research grants, promoting international scientific collaboration, and advancing university reform.The Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST) is an organization that promotes integrally science, technology and innovation through its programs of strategic basic researches, tech-transfer, scientific information, and science education and communication. On October 30, 2013, the ACS International Center webinar series hosted speakers from both of these organizations to speak about opportunities to study abroad in Japan, and the country's recent achievements in the realm of international exchange.

About the speakers:

Dr. Osamu SHIMOMURA, Director, Washington Office, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

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Dr. Shimomura received PhD at Osaka University in 1977. After he developed his research career at several institutes such as the University of Tokyo, National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, and Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (SPring8), he was appointed to the Director of Institute of Materials Structure Science at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization. He has been Director of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Washington Office as since April 2012.

Mr. Takashi OHAMA, Director, Washington Office, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

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Mr. Ohama is Director, Washington, DC Office of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) since January, 2009. JST DC office is responsible for promoting and coordinating collaborative research programs between JST and counterpart agencies in the United States and other countries in the Americas.

During his tenure at JST since 2000, Mr. Ohama has worked in the Technology Transfer Division, as Secretary to the President of JST, and in the Department of International Affairs where he was involved in establishing SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainability) program to strengthen partnerships between researchers in Japan and developing countries to address global issues. He was seconded to the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum where he served as Program Officer from 2005 to 2007.