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2018 CJS-JSPS International Symposium“Crip Tech: Disability, Technology, Architecture, and Design in Japan and the US”

Technology has the potential to greatly improve access and allow for the full participation of disabled individuals in society. Both Japan and the US have invested considerable sums in this effort, but often research is conducted apart from key stakeholders.

To discuss these issues, JSPS San Francisco (JSPS) and the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) held a joint symposium titled “Crip Tech: Disability, Technology, Architecture, and Design in Japan and the US” at the David Brower Center in Berkeley on December 7 and December 8.

This symposium brought technologists, anthropologists, engineers, activists, educators, and other researchers working at the nexus of technology, access, and design together for a two-day symposium in Berkeley, the home of the independent living movement. The majority of the participants identify as disabled people.

The symposium started with opening remarks from Dana Buntrock, Chair of CJS. Toru Tamiya, Director of JSPS SF, also gave some context and background to the theme presented by Dr. Karen Nakamura, the organizing chair from UCB.

Each speaker gave a 20 minute presentation on their current research. Afterwards the speakers took comments and questions from the audience. The symposium also included a screening of two documentary movies, “Deej” and “Fixed”. The director and casts of these films then participated in a panel discussion on its production.

Finally, Dr. Karen Nakamura, the organizing chair of the symposium, presented the “CripTech Manifesto version 0.1” arguing that the “CripTech movement” needs to be inclusive and take a holistic view of disability.  Dr. Nakamura drew attention to three specific concepts relating to the event’s theme:

  1. One needs to understand disability’s intersections with poverty, gender, sexuality racialized minoritization, access to healthcare and housing along with the effects of trauma, war, and dislocation
  2. No one can understand or speak for all disabilities and no one can understand or speak for all variations of their own disability.
  3. We cannot deem some disabilities “bad” that are not discussed (addiction and fatness being two examples of marginalized groups within the disabled community).

The symposium was a successful collaboration between the research communities in Japan and the US and bodes well for the potential future joint efforts in this exciting and important field.

JSPS, San Francisco will continue to support such symposia while maintaining its close relationship with UCB and CJS.


JSPSサンフランシスコ研究連絡センターでは、カリフォルニア大学バークレー校日本研究センターとの共催シンポジウム “Crip Tech: Disability, Technology, Architecture, and Design in Japan and the US”を2018年12月7日(金)、12 月8日(土)に開催しました。







The Symposium“Harnessing Physical Forces for Medical Applications” in University of California, Los Angeles

On November 15 and 16, JSPS and UCLA cosponsored the symposium, “Harnessing Physical Forces for Medical Applications” in cooperation with Kyoto University, the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), the David Geffen School of Medicine, and the Office of Interdisciplinary & Cross Campus Affairs (ICCA).

The symposium brought researchers from both Japan and the U.S. to present their research and promote academic exchanges between the two countries. During the two day symposium participants discussed the convergence of physical sciences, nanomaterials, the nanobio interface and biomedical sciences. Dr. Fuyuhiko Tamanoi (UCLA/Kyoto University), the organizing chair, said the purpose of this symposium was to bring together scientists from diverse fields to discuss critical issues and translational potential while furthering cross pollination between disciplines.

The symposium covered some of the following topics:

  • Physical forces: beams, particles, light, magnetic field, and sound.
  • Physical forces and cancer therapy: boron neutron capture therapy, and monochromatic X-ray radiation.
  • Imaging: MRI, PET, single molecule imaging, and cryoEM.
  • Nanomaterials: Stimuli-responsive nanomaterials.
  • How Physical force is used in biology: contractile nanotube system, and cell surface and membrane.
  • How cells and organs interface with nanomaterials.
  • New industry and commercial development: innovation, and medical instrumentation.

Throughout the two day event presenters took a variety of comments and questions. Hopefully the experience will provide researchers with food for thought and help inspire the future development of their research field going forward. JSPS will continue to support such academic symposia that helps strengthen international cooperative networks.



The Symposium “World Premier Research in Japan”(24,25 January 2019)


  • About Event

Since its establishment in 2003, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science’s San Francisco Office (JSPS SF: http://www.jspsusa-sf.org/index.php) has been supporting exchange between the Japanese and American researcher communities while acting as a hub for Japanese universities’ West Coast offices and their networking activities. This 15th anniversary event is to highlight the achievements of the international research centers established by the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI). These globally visible research centers focus on a wide range of fields such as energy, chemistry, plant biology and astrophysics. This 15th anniversary event goes for two days. The program will be followed by networking receptions at the end of each day.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To register, click here

  • Date & Venue

Day 1
Thursday, 24 January 2019 | 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm
International House, University of California, Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720

Day 2
Friday, 25 January 2019 | 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Paul G. Allen Building, 101X Auditorium, Stanford University

330 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
Note: ・Networking reception will start 5:30 pm.

・The same program is planned on each date.

・The plan might be changed in the future.


  • Participating Japanese Universities

Kavli IPMU | The University of Tokyo
“Cross-Disciplinary Research Center for Addressing the Origin and Evolution of the Universe”

AIMR | Tohoku University
“Aiming to Establish a Premier Research Center for Materials Science”

I²CNER | Kyushu University
“The Grand Highway for a Carbon-Neutral Energy Fueled World”

ITbM | Nagoya University
“Changing the World with Molecules: Synthetic Chemistry and Plant/Animal Biology”


  • Topics  | Speakers

(1) Kavli IPMU
– Kavli IPMU | Founding Director/Principal Investigator,  Hitoshi Murayama
– Lyman-Alpha Forest Tomography: Mapping the Shadows of the Cosmic Web at High Noon | Project Assistant Professor, Khee‐Gan Lee
(2) AIMR
– Materials research in the digitalized society | Director/Principal Investigator, Motoko Kotani
– Oxide electronics: converting insulators into electronic materials  | Professor/Principal Investigator, Tomoteru Fukumura
(3) I²CNER
– Engineering Carbon‐Neutral Energy Solutions and Cultural Bridges Across the Pacific  | Director/Principal Investigator, Petros Sofronis
– Efficient and Stable Metal Halide Perovskite Solar Cells  | Associate Professor, Toshinori Matsushima
(4) ITbM
– Institute of Transformative Bio‐Molecules (ITbM): Changing the World with Molecules  | Administrative Director/ Designated Professor, Tsuyoshi Matsumoto
– A bump-and-hole strategy toward freehand manipulation of plant hormone signaling  | Designated Associate Professor,  Naoyuki Uchida


  • Inquiries

Have questions about World Premier Research in Japan (JSPS)? Contact JSPS San Francisco. Email: webmaster@jspsusa-sf.org

  • RSVP

Please RSVP on our event website: https://goo.gl/forms/eLllE3MirXpLRPrl1



The Symposium “AI and the Future of Society : A Global Approach to Understanding the Digital Disruption” in University of California, San Diego

JSPS and JFIT held a symposium “AI and the Future of Society: A Global Approach to Understanding the Digital Disruption” on April 27 and 28 in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, the German Institute for Japan Studies and several other organizations.


The conference brought together scholars from Japan, the U.S. and Germany, to explore the “state of the art” of social science thinking about the ongoing technological disruption, innovation, and national policy responses in different countries. The Conference was open to many different lines of inquiry, including:


  • What are the new complexities of the men-machine relationship, ongoing societal challenges, and new issues such as job replacement or ethical priority rankings of self-driven cars or automated surgeons?
  • How are large companies responding to the disruption: what are new business models, corporate strategies, or operations management and human resource practices?
  • How should we think about new regulatory structures and global agreements, e.g. on privacy and cybersecurity, in the health sciences, or for robots and drones?
  • What are the legal, ethical and societal challenges associated with the fast pace of technological change?
  • What is the impact of these developments on innovation and entrepreneurship, including government policies and market responses such as newly emerging corporate innovation strategies?


The conference had a high degree of interdisciplinary exchange. We are pleased to see this event serve as the inaugural conference of a new research initiative on digitization and the future of society from a global perspective. JSPS will continue to support such academic symposia that helps strengthen international cooperative networks.

UC Berkeley CJS Symposium “New Topics, Technologies, & New Times: Japan Ahead” カリフォルニア大学バークレー校との共催シンポジウムを開催しました

On February 24 and 25, JSPS San Francisco and the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), University of California, Berkeley held a joint symposium on “New Topics, Technologies, & New Times: Japan Ahead” at the International House in Berkeley.

The objective of this symposium was to bring together scholars of Japanese Studies from Japan and the US to discuss the future of Japan in academic communities.  The symposium started with opening remarks by Professor Dana Buntrock, Chair of CJS, and Dr. Toru Tamiya, Director of JSPS San Francisco. More than 20 scholars came together to discuss five topics over the course of two days: “Cross-Cultural Exchanges: Study Abroad and Its Impact”, “Language Education and Where It Leads”, “Are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math a Part of Area Studies of Above it?”, “Media Gateways, Transnational Frames”, and “Area Studies Under Threat: How Will Japan be Taught in the Years Ahead?”. JSPS sponsored four session speakers: Professor Shingo Ashizawa, Toyo University, Professor Masayo Fujimoto, Doshisha University, Professor Mayumi Usami, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, and Professor Shunya Yoshimi, the University of Tokyo.

These sessions were followed by a keynote speech by Professor Patricia Steinhoff from the University of Hawaii. She shared her wealth of research experience with the participants and gave insight on the future of Japanese Studies in academic communities in the age of globalization.

JSPS San Francisco will continue to support such symposiums, and maintain a strong partnership with CJS.


JSPSサンフランシスコ研究連絡センターでは、カリフォルニア大学バークレー校日本研究センターとの共催シンポジウム “New Topics, Technologies, & New Times: Japan Ahead” を2017年2月24日、25日に開催しました。


Stanford Symposium “Womenomics, the Workplace, and Women” スタンフォード大学との共催シンポジウムを開催しました

On November 4, JSPS Co-sponsored this year’s Stanford Silicon Valley U.S.-Japan Dialogue on the theme “Womenomics, the Workplace, and Women” held at Stanford University. The symposium was organized by Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center ₍APARC₎ Japan Program in partnership with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. The US-Japan Foundation ₍USJF₎ also co-sponsored the event.
The objective of this symposium was to bring up issues which women are facing when it comes to workforce mobility and discuss future efforts to make concrete progress for women’s leadership and participation in Japan.
The symposium featured distinguished speakers from a variety of sectors, including tech, government and education from both Japan and the U.S.
Opening remarks were given by Professor Takeo Hoshi, Director of Shorenstein APARC Japan Program, Stanford University, Mr. David Janes, Director of Foundation Grants, USFJ and Dr. Toru Tamiya, Director of JSPS San Francisco.
Twenty one speakers participated in four panel discussions: “Women in the Silicon Valley Ecosystem- Progress and Challenges,” “Women in the Japanese Economy- Progress and Challenges,” “Women’s Advancement in the Workplace” and “Work- Life Balance and Womenomics”. Professor Machiko Osawa of Japan Women’s University and Professor Nobuko Nagase of Ochanomizu Women’s University presented on employment trends of highly educated women and effects of labor relation on women’s mobility, respectively.

JSPSサンフランシスコ研究連絡センターでは、スタンフォード大学との共催シンポジウム “Womenomics, the Workplace, and Women” を2016年11月4日に開催しました。



2014年9月26日、27日の2日間、カリフォルニア大学バークレー校にて、同大学日本研究センターと本会の共催によるシンポジウム「Long-term Sustainability through Place-based, Small-scale economies(地域に根ざした小規模経済と長期的持続可能性)」を開催します。


シンポジウム「Early Modern Japanese Values and Individuality」を開催しました

日時 2013828()830()

場所 Asian Centre Auditorium & Seminar Room 604, UBC

 主催 The University of British Columbia (UBC)


 共催 国際交流基金


日本から桂島宣弘 立命館大学教授、磯前順一 国際日本文化研究センター准教授、 Steele, William 国際基督教大学教授、小島康敬 国際基督教大学教授、遠藤潤 國學院大學准教授を講師とし、カナダ側からは14人もの講師をお招きして「Early Modern Japanese Values and Individuality」と題したシンポジウムを開催しました。3日間のプログラムを通して、江戸時代における社会的同質感に根付いた日本社会の価値観に対して、明治維新を契機とした個の確立と多様性から産まれた新しい価値観が現在の日本社会の成り立ちにどのように寄与したかにつき、日加米各国の研究者がそれぞれの研究分野の相互理解を通じて考察を深めました。