MEXT:Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology - Photon Frontier Network, Japan


Greetings from Program Officers

Tsutomu Yabuzaki, Human Resources Development Officer

Tsutomu Yabuzaki, Human Resources Development Officer

Photon science and technology is vital in so many fields now, from core research to industrial applications, and it seems clear that its importance will continue to increase. The Photon Frontier Network program has been designed to forge an advanced network focusing on research and development in the photon field, bringing together the individual institutes and individual researchers who have been working at various degrees of isolation until now. It will encourage collaboration, and strong cooperative relationships, making possible world-leading research and innovation.

The program will carry out cutting-edge research and development in core areas, generating scientific knowledge and advanced technology that will form the basis of innovation in other fields. It will also tackle the crucial issue of providing world-class education to students and fostering young talent. It is not enough to foster researchers with expertise in this field alone; we must adopt a cross-disciplinary approach, creating a new generation of leaders who have a strong foundation of fundamental scientific knowledge, are able to adopt a broad perspective when forming new ideas, and have the drive and determination to see those through to realization.

My role will be to provide as much support and cooperation as I can to both centers, in order that this new generation of talented researchers and engineers begins to make itself known as soon as possible. I am also looking forward to contributing my ideas to the core research carried out at both centers.

April 2009

Yuji Sano, East Japan Center Officer

Yuji Sano, East Japan Center Officer

The East Japan Network Center, based in Tokyo, comprises five institutes with outstanding records in photon science. These five institutes are alive with a wide spectrum of leading-edge research and development activities, from the pursuit of new scientific principles to innovation in technology.

This program will bring these institutes together, allowing them to join in an open and complementary network while remaining respectful of the particular character and independence of each participant. It will facilitate the creation of a world-leading research center, both in name and in deed, rooted in photon science.

Now, educational programs and industrial transfer systems are being developed in association with the program. As a result, the achievements of this program will not be the boon of science alone, but will gradually be fed back into wider society in the shape of the education provided to young researchers, capable and confident in both research-based and practical skills, and as innovation.

The two network centers form the backbone of the Photon Frontier Network. I intend to support the activities of both centers, while promoting them widely both domestically and internationally, to ensure that photon science and technology is able to fulfill its enormous potential in the future.

April 2009

Shigenori Yagi, West Japan Center Officer

プログラムオフィサー 八木 重典

The West Japan Network Center (Consortium for Photon Science and Technology) is made up of four participating institutes, each of which has outstanding merit and an outstanding record. The combination of expertise and technologies, ranging from high intensity laser system construction, the creation new light-emitting devices, and new materials/matter/element structures, is extremely well balanced.

The development program is an ambitious venture, which seeks to bring the findings of individual research projects together in the QUADRA project – a scheme to develop a high-definition, super-luminous laser system. This program will also serve as the core of our educational program for talented, inquisitive young researchers.

My efforts will also be focused on creating an environment, where all participants will be inspired to innovation through genuine exchange, and where individuals can maintain their unique and independent approaches without becoming isolated from common program objectives.

I hope to be able to contribute to the program from the perspective of my own background in industry, and to support its success.

April 2009