The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences – Host of a Lecture by Japanese Professor Yuichiro Anzai

jap DSC_0077A public lecture by Prof. Yuichiro Anzai, President of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, was held in the Great Hall of BAS today, 8 December 2016. "Shaping the Future Society through the Development of Science, Technology and Human Resources" was the topic of the lecture. The President of BAS Acad. Julian Revalski and the Japanese Ambassador in Bulgaria H.E. Shinichi Yamanaka welcomed the guests at the Academy.

In his presentation Prof. Yuichiro Anzai presented the scientific fields and the distribution of costs associated with scientific work in the fields of natural sciences, information technology, materials, energy, nanotechnology, environment, space research, and development of the oceans. Prof. Anzai also presented the school system of Japan, as well as the number of universities and students in the country. In tabular form were examined the comparative analyzes of incomes of the state universities (those with national funding and those without) and private universities in 2013, and the post-doctorates in the different research fields.

Within the strategies "5th S&T Basic Plan" ( "Fifth basic plan for science and technology") and "Society 5.0", science and technology innovation policy is strongly encouraged as a basic policy for the economy, society and the public said Prof. Anzai.

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science has 20 years of experience in developing major plans for science and technology tailored to the dramatically changing world economy, society and environment. The new trends in STI are: "Internet of Things"; "Cyber-physical systems"; "Fourth Industrial Revolution"; "Open Science"; "Innovation based on data"; "Artificial Intelligence"; "All-encompassing innovations" and "Social innovations".

The platform of the intelligent society "Society 5.0" includes new services such as: a system for intelligent manufacturing; the intelligent food chain; a global platform for environmental data; a regional system encompassing care for disaster reduction; intelligent transport system; Monozukuri, system; system for infrastructure maintenance and more.
In his presentation Prof. Anzai showed a high quality system for road travel (automatic travel system), which includes information about adjacent vehicles, pedestrians, traffic lights, information on accidents on the roads, information to regulate traffic, road construction, information on the paving, lanes, and more.

Prof. Anzai said that the system aims to reduce traffic congestion, reduce accidents, to provide a comfortable ride and accuracy in the schedule of public transport. Another interesting innovation is the creation of a system aimed at strengthening the industrial competitiveness in Japan. It includes innovative combustion technology, innovation through structural materials, technologies for managing infrastructure maintenance, energy sources, automatic travel system and ensuring cyber security in critical infrastructure.
The main priorities of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science are: creating global knowledge in various fields; stimulating the next generations; strengthening education / research functions of universities; building stable international cooperation networks and systems for the promotion of science; and strengthening ties with society.

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, founded in 1932, successfully cooperates with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria, and from 2017 an open joint project will begin between the National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Director Prof. Nikolay Spasov) and Prof. Ryuichi Masuda, Faculty of Science at Hokkaido University.