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Japan eyes 'energy forests' for biomass power generation
As part of efforts to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, the Japanese government is considering securing “energy forests” for the specific purpose of growing sources for woody biomass power generation, officials have said.
Call for Proposals: RIKEN Center for Computational Science

The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), in coordination with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), is currently accepting proposals aimed at combating COVID-19 by providing its new supercomputer Fugaku for selected research projects.

Fugaku is planned to start full operations in 2021. In light of the current pandemic, RIKEN decided that parts of the supercomputer can already be used ahead of the original installation schedule.

RIKEN appoints Dr. Yuko Harayama new Executive Director

Dr. Yuko Harayama, a longtime friend of Switzerland, was appointed Executive Director for international affairs at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research Institute RIKEN, Japan's largest national research organization, on April 1, 2020. She has been serving on various Japanese and international commissions related to science, technology and innovation and possesses an extensive international network.

AIST, AMED, MOFA: New faces in Japan’s Science and Technology Institutions

Several changes in management of Japanese bodies related to science, technology and innovation were announced along with the new fiscal year starting from April 1, 2020. The new appointments include that of the head of the public research institution for applied research and the funding agency for R&D in the field of medicine, as well as the advisor to the Japanese government.