[2022XRE] December 2022 –
Contributions of XR Technology to Education and Society: The Metaverse and International Collaborative Creation
In the near future, it is hoped that anyone may be able to learn without restrictions on time and location. Extended Reality (XR) Technology presents an opportunity for education by removing these physical constraints. In addition, XR can spread beyond education, from international industry–academia collaboration to exploring social issues from a new perspective such as realization of a sustainable society and the aging of society
Sustainable Structural Integrity for Energy Infrastructure
Life cycle management (design, manufacturing, and maintenance) of metallic structural components in plants and various infrastructures must be rationalized to ensure safe and economic facilities. For this purpose, it is essential to develop advanced models of corrosion and other factors and to ensure reliability through inspection.
Environmental Stress Response and Survival Strategy of Human Being
Keap1–Nrf2 system plays important roles in cytoprotection on environmental stress response. By elucidating the regulatory mechanisms of Keap1–Nrf2 system, we could propose survival strategy of human being. We have been organizing a series of “The Environmental Response Symposium”, focused on the KEAP1–NRF2 system, in Japan once every few years.
How can the Digitalization of Japan's Democracy be Promoted?
: The Environmental Improvement for Digital Democracy from the Perspective of Institutions, Awareness, and Technology
The Great East Japan Earthquake and the Covid–19 pandemic have made Japanese people acutely aware of the need to utilize information and communication technology in Japan's democracy. Nevertheless, the digitalization of Japan's democracy has been very slow to take off. In this program, we will explore the factors restraining it from the three perspectives of institutions, awareness, and technology, taking as a starting point the question:
Positioning of Nuclear Energy in Sustainable Energy Strategies
– Redefining from a Risk Management Perspective
The final theme that this program is oriented toward is the redefinition of the availability and positioning of nuclear energy as an option to achieve a sustainable energy strategy for Japan, aiming to realize both carbon neutrality and economic security in 2050. The essential characteristic of nuclear energy is the existence of significant potential hazard in terms of handling nuclear reactions and radioactive materials.