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June 2012

LIFE INNOVATION FOR THE WORLD


PRIME MINISTER'S DIARY
G8 Summit  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
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Reviewing Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's visit to Camp David, the United States, to attend the G8 Summit.

 


COVER STORY
LIFE INNOVATION FOR THE WORLD  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
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One of seven strategic sectors in Japan's New Growth Strategy, "life innovation" refers to innovation in the medical and nursing care sectors that can create new and boost existing industries, and bring outcomes of benefit to people both in Japan and around the world. This month's Cover Story introduces examples of progress being made in the field, beginning with space medicine.


Dream Beam Comes True  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(352KB)

RIKEN Harima Institute's SACLA facility producing X-ray free-electron laser commenced operation in March, offering the prospect of unimagined discoveries.


The Young Doctors  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(268KB)

The Tokyo Kids Medical School is helping to foster children with a lifelong interest in the workings of the human body.


Monodzukuri for Medicine  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(179KB)

Introducing two of the prizewinners in this year's Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award.


Mothering by the Book  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(118KB)

The Japan International Cooperation Agency has been working to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates in developing countries through the introduction of Japan's maternal and child health handbook system.


Martial Care  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(94KB)

Nursing care techniques adapted from Japan's ancient martial arts are garnering attention around the world for the effectiveness in reducing the burden on caregivers.


Sendai City-Finland Wellbeing  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(229KB)

Research being conducted jointly by Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture and the government of Finland has led to the development of numerous innovative services and products for the elderly.


Ideas for Healthier, Longer Lives  ( HTML : English / Japanese ) PDF(174KB)

Dr. Yoichiro Matsumoto, executive vice president of the University of Tokyo and secretary general of the Cabinet Secretariat's Office of Medical Innovation, shares his thoughts on life innovation.


STUDENTS' CORNER [NEW]
Ways of Tea  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
PDF(253KB)

Introducing a new series for younger readers. The first article in the series is about sado, or the tea ceremony. We challenge you to answer our quiz!


SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Algae Oil Takes Off  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
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Scientists at the Research Institute of Tsukuba Biotech Corporation will bring to commercial application a low-cost, high-efficiency algae-based biofuel for aircraft.


YAMATO NADESHIKO
An Officer and a Lady  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
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Lieutenant Colonel Chizu Kurita last year became the first female member of the Japan Self- Defense Forces dispatched individually to a peacekeeping operation by the United Nations.


MASTERS
Enchanted by Washi  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
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Washi paper maker Rogier Uitenboogaart from the Netherlands is a designated Tosa no takumi-master craftsperson of the Domain of Tosa (present- day Kochi Prefecture).


THE NATION'S MUSEUMS
Kiyoharu Art Village  ( HTML : English / Japanese )
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Located in Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture, Kiyoharu Geijutsu Mura (Kiyoharu Art Village) is both a retreat for artists from around the world and a playground for western and Japanese art lovers.



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