December 18, 2013
"Application of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells for Regenerative Medicine and Drug Discovery"
─Global Status and Technology Development for Practical Application"
December 18, 2013 at Tokyo Kaikan
However, Dr. Nakatsuji is against having too optimistic a view and pointed to difficulties in practical use. This is because there are lots of challenges to solve first, including developing a robust and reliable production method. He also introduced some technological developments that may find solutions to these challenges. Dr. Nakatsuji explained misinterpretation and simplification about embryonic stem cell in Japanese society, and warned that an ability to grasp its strengths and weakness are essential if Japan is to take the lead in this field.
Participants who had hoped for practical use in the near future were surprised at how wrong information in the media has been and at the actual situation. Today's lecture not only changed people's understanding but also raised expectations for Japan as a leader in this field from now.
Professor and Founding Director, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University
August 29, 2013
"Wrinkles and Seeds of the Universe"
August 29, 2013 at Tokyo Kaikan
He spoke of how he was inspired to pursue space research, referring to the simple questions he had as a child, looking at the night sky, regarding how the Universe began and why the human race was born. Using research achievements, he explained the theory of how a Universe that was smaller than a single atom expanded explosively over a distance of 1.38 billion light years and how the "wrinkles" that were created in the process attracted the mysterious dark material to create stars and form galaxies.
His very casual manner of explaining the complex theories of astrophysics in simple and easy terms for beginners was very well received, sometimes drawing laughter from the audience.
Director, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe,
The University of Tokyo
June 14, 2013
"Fusion Energy" —Progress in the Development of Our Future Energy Source by International Collaborations
June 14, 2013 at Tokyo Kaikan
Dr. Seki began his presentation from the elementary theory of nuclear fusion and described the progress Japan has made in nuclear fusion experiments. Founded on such information, he reported on the important role Japan is playing in the ITER project. An experimental reactor is scheduled to be built in Cadarache, France, starting in 2015 but the project
is still in the phase of examining the scientific and technical feasibility, and deliberations on practical operation is believed to be premature.
To participants who expressed concerns over nuclear power development itself in view of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in 2011, Dr. Seki spoke of the importance of continuing to examine nuclear safety and holding deliberations on the direction nuclear power development should take.
President, Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST)
March 13, 2013
"Nanophotonics" ─The Way to See Nano with Light
March 13, 2013 at Tokyo Kaikan
Professor of Applied Physics at Osaka University