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Japan aiming for plastic-free oceans and pushing bio-economy

During the G20 Summit in Osaka this summer, a number of global challenges were addressed, among them the growing amount of plastic debris. During the G20, the “Osaka Blue Ocean Vision” was shared, with its aim to reduce pollution of marine...

Japan identifies 25 candidate Moonshot goals

Earlier this year the Japanese Government announced their new ambitious Moonshot Program to promote disruptive innovations and tackle societal challenges.  The budget is 100 billion JPY over five years, corresponding roughly to USD 1 billion,...

University collaboration towards impact

During two weeks, Swedish university delegations visited Tokyo to discuss and prepare for the continued and deepened Mirai collaboration. Mirai is a strategic university collaboration between 15 prominent Japanese and Swedish universities, focusing...
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga during the announcement of Reiwa. Photo: Uichiro Kasai
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga during the announcement of Reiwa. Photo: Uichiro Kasai

Reiwa – an era of innovation?

At May 1, Japan entered the new era of “Reiwa” as Emperor Naruhito acceded to the throne. In English, Reiwa can be translated as “beautiful harmony”, but the name can be interpreted in several ways. For the first time the new era name has...
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IVA visits Society 5.0

Society 5.0 is Japan’s vision of the future society. In line with the introduction of transformative technologies around IoT and AI, the society is transforming from the information society (Society 4.0) to a society that further integrates...