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Nobel Prizes awarded to Japanese and Swiss researchers in the fields of Chemistry and Physics respectively

Amongst the recipients of this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry is Akira Yoshino for his excellent contribution to “the development of lithium – ion batteries”. Dr. Akira Yoshino is an honorary fellow with Asahi Kasei Corp. and a professor at Meijo University in Nagoya. The lithium – ion batteries he developed are expected to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and thus help to lessen the burden of energy production on the environment.

1st Japan-Germany-Switzerland Workshop for Enzyme Technology and Bioprocess Development
On September 10th – 12th the first Japan-Germany-Switzerland Workshop for the Enzyme Technology took place in Toyama, Japan. Building on the history of exchange on these topics between Japan and Switzerland in the field of bioprocess development for 30 years and that between Germany in the area of enzyme technology for 40 years, the newly evolved integrated workshop attracted approximately 70 participants from academia and industry for in-depth discussions.
Swiss co-organized JCA-Mauvernay Award in its 15th year
The 2019 JCA-Mauvernay Award, co-organized by the Japanese Cancer Association (JCA) and Swiss global biopharmaceutical company Debiopharm Group, was awarded to Doctors Ryohei Katayama from the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research and Shinichi Yachida from Osaka University. This year marked the 15th anniversary of the recognition of outstanding research in the field of oncology in Japan.
EU and Japan select first Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programmes
EU and Japan are partnering up to offer joint degree programs under the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Partnerships. Switzerland is participating as an associate partner in the Master of Science in Imaging and Light in Extended Reality program between Toyohashi University of Technology and the University of Eastern Finland, one of the three programs selected by the European Commission and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
A miniature stretchable pump for the next generation of soft robots

Scientists at EPFL, in collaboration with researchers at the Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan, have developed a tiny pump that could play a big role in the development of autonomous soft robots, lightweight exoskeletons and smart clothing. Flexible, silent and weighing only one gram, it is poised to replace the rigid, noisy and bulky pumps currently used. The scientists’ work has just been published in Nature.

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin travels to Japan
The head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, leads a business and science delegation to Japan and Vietnam from 7 to 14 July. The focus of talks with governments in both countries are on free trade agreements. The accompanying representatives from Swiss firms and the Swiss education, research and innovation landscape got access to decision makers on economic policy, and so expand their network of contacts.
Sony Semiconductor Solutions Acquires Network Virtualization Technology Developer Mido Holdings Ltd.

Tokyo, Japan - Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation today announced that it has acquired the network virtualization technology developer Mido Holdings Ltd. by signing a share transfer agreement with the shareholders of Mido Holdings and completing the transfer of shares. Consequently, Mido Holdings has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Semiconductor Solutions.