Developments in Japan


Urgent Statement by the Science Council of Japan issued

On 19 September 2019, the Science Council of Japan announced an “Urgent Statement by the President of Science Council of Japan on Climate Change and Call for Action”. The statement was created under the leadership of the SCJ’s Committee on Promotion and Cooperation of Future Earth (Chairman: Tetsuzo Yasunari – a Future Earth Advisory Committee member), with the collaboration of 4 other Future Earth-related committees, and the Japan Global Hub and Asia Regional Centre.

Read the full Statement here.

Future Earth Japan National Committee Launched

The Future Earth National Committee for Japan was launched in Tokyo on 15 September 2017 at its inaugural General Assembly organized by the Science Council of Japan (SCJ). 

To tackle global challenges and enhance the endeavor of Future Earth for a sustainable future in Japan and abroad, the Committee, in collaboration with the SCJ, aims to:

  • promote transdisciplinary approaches through engaging with a wide range of societal stakeholders;
  • collaborate with societal partners in their efforts towards the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; and
  • enhance Japan's international contribution through assisting the Tokyo Global Hub and the Asia Regional Centre for Future Earth.

Read the news release.

Statement by the Science Council of Japan published

In April 2016, the Science Counsil of Japan officially announced a Statement to urge the sceinece community and the societal stakeholders in Japan to promote Future Earth that strives for the global sustainablity through interdisciprinary and transdisciprinary research.

Japan Strategic Research Agenda developed

Future Earth published the Strategic Research Agenda 2014 to set research priorities to achieve its vision for people to thrive in a sustainable and equitable world. 

The Japan Strategic Research Agenda (JSRA) was developed in collaboration with stakeholders to identify priority research areas to contribute to a sustainable future while optimising Japan's distinct research arenas. In February 2017, the selected 10 themes and 110 priority research topics were announced at a Symposium held in Kyoto.

The project was conducted by the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) under a program supported by the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX), a unit of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). RIHN will further extend its effort to draw up the regional strategic research agenda for Asia.

Read more details at the RIHN's website (Japanese).