June 30, 2006 Japan's Science and Technology Policy to be Discussed July 13

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Yukio Sato, adviser and former executive director of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), will discuss “Science and Technology Policy in Japan and JST Activities” at the Library of Congress at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 13, in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the John W. Kluge Center and the Science, Technology and Business Division and the Asian Division, this event is free and open to the public.

Currently director general and professor at the International Research and Educational Institute for Integrated Medical Sciences at Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Sato has enjoyed a distinguished career, including serving as deputy director general of both the Ministry of International Trade and Industry and the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy, executive director of the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute and senior adviser for the Ministry of Planning in Saudi Arabia.

JST was established in October 2003 as an independent administrative institution in Japan by integrating two quasi-government organizations, the Japan Information Center of Science and Technology and the Research Development Corporation of Japan, for the purpose of implementing Japan’s science and technology policy. Endeavors include creating advanced technology, promoting business using advanced technology, promoting dissemination of scientific and technological information, researcher exchange and support and promoting public understanding.

Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library established the Kluge Center in 2000. The center brings leading scholars together with key Washington policymakers and others to discuss important world issues, drawing on the Library’s incomparable collections. For further information, visit www.loc.gov/kluge.

The Library of Congress maintains one of the largest and most diverse collections of scientific and technical information in the world. The Science, Technology and Business Division provides reference and bibliographic services and develops the general collections of the Library in all areas of science, technology, business and economics, with the exception of clinical medicine and technical agriculture, which are the subject specialties of the National Library of Medicine and the National Agricultural Library.

The Library of Congress is a central repository for all types of Asian publications that are not broadly available at other locations in the United States. Initiated in 1869 with a gift of 10 works in 934 volumes offered to the United States by the Emperor of China, the Library’s Asian collection has grown to more than two million items.


PR 06-140
ISSN 0731-3527