Events in FY2015

March 21

IVA-JSPS Seminar "The Japanese Economy - challenges and future perspectives"  

The second IVA-JSPS seminar in the FY2015 series will be held on March 21, 2016 .
I nvited speaker Mr. Hiroshi Nakaso , Deputy Governor , Bank of Japan ,
will deliver a lecture on challenges toward financial stability and the policy frontier.


Mr. Hiroshi Nakaso , Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan, has unwaveringly stressed

"the importance of ensuring financial stability" at various stages of his career as a central banker: in dealing with the financial crisis during the 1990s, and in fighting Japan's nearly two-decade-long deflation that has followed, including in the Bank of Japan's pursuit of its recently introduced quantitative and qualitative monetary easing (QQE) with a negative interest rate.
Why is financial stability important, and how must we achieve this?
Furthermore, where do monetary policy and macroprudential policy fall in the context of financial stability?
His speech will encompass these issues as he walks you through some of the Bank's measures to date.



Monday 21st, March



17:30-19:00 followed by dinner (optional)



The Wallenberg Auditorium, IVA ’s Conference Center, Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm


Programme (subject to change)

Welcome; Mia Horn af Rantzien, Chairman, IVA, Division for Economy

Introduction; Klas Eklund, Senior Economist SEB, Moderator

Presentation/obituary and moment of silence for Robert Stenram;

 Edvard Fleetwood, Swedish Japan Foundation

Lecture; Challenges toward Financial Stability and the Policy Frontier

- Unconventional Monetary Policy, Macroprudence, and Financial Institutions' Low Profitability -

 Mr. Hiroshi Nakaso, Deputy Governor, Bank of Japan

Comments; Stefan Ingves, Governor, The Riksbank

Discussion led by Klas Eklund



Please register for the seminar and the dinner at


The cost of the optional dinner is 400SEK.
Participation in the seminar is free of charge.      

February 12

Japan Alumni and Researcher Assembly 2016


The “Japan Alumni and Researcher Assembly 2016” is scheduled to be held at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Lyngby Campus) on February 12, 2016.

The assembly aims to promote networking within the Japan-related research community in Denmark, and provides a forum for Danish and Japanese researchers, business people and students to meet, discuss new ideas, and promote Japan-related research and student scholarships.

This event is co-organized by the Embassy of Japan in Denmark, Tokai University Alumni Association in Denmark, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Alumni Club in Denmark, and JSPS Stockholm Office.

Admission is free of charge, however please note that advance registration is required for your participation. 

*For Danish JSPS Alumni, the General Assembly for the establishment of the JSPS Alumni Club in Denmark will be held prior to the event. A detailed program of the General Assembly will be distributed shortly.



February 12 (Friday) 15:00-17:30

<1st session: Presentations and Information session>15:00-16:20

<2nd session, reception> 16:20-17:30



Glassalen, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), 

Anker Engelunds Vej 1, 2800 Kongens Lyngby



<1st session> 

- Opening remarks by Counselor Mr. Kinji Shinoda, Embassy of Japan

- Welcome remarks by Professor Emeritus, Keiko Nishikawa, Inspector General, JSPS

- Presentation by Associate Professor Kenji Fukuda, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

- Presentation by Professor Birte Svensson, Technical University of Denmark

- Presentation by Mr. Atsuyuki Agawa, Director General Affairs, Finland and Northern Europe, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.

- Information from Embassy of Japan, JSPS, Tokai University European Center


<2nd Session>  

- Opening remarks by Dr. Hideo Akutsu, Director, JSPS Stockholm Office

- Toast by Dr. Sam K. Steffensen, Chairman of Tokai University Alumni Association, & JSPS Alumni Club in Denmark

- Networking/socializing


Leaflet (PDF)


Please send an e-mail to with the following information:

- Name

- Current occupation

- Your affiliation (Tokai University/MEXT Scholarship Program/JSPS if you are Scholarship Alumni, otherwise your current affiliated university if you are visiting researchers or students)


Deadline: 5 February, 2016 


February 9

Japan Alumni Forum 2016


The second Japan Alumni Forum will be held on February 9 in Helsinki, Finland. The event is organized by the Embassy of Japan in Finland and JSPS Stockholm Office.

If you have you ever lived in Japan for work, studies, research, JET program, or any other exchange program, then you are a “Japan Alumnus”.  In Finland, we estimate that there are thousands of Japan Alumni who have immeasurable experience, knowledge, skills and connections which they gained in Japan. Unfortunately much of these capabilities go untapped, and the Japan Alumni’s valuable experience gradually fades away into a “good memory”.

Based on the recognition of such hidden potentials, we aim to create a framework, the Japan Alumni Forum (JAF), where fellow Japan Alumni can meet, interact and network. JAF will be a base for creating new cross-disciplinary collaborations and sharing knowledge, experience and fond memories from Japan.

The admission is free of charge but registration in advance is required.



February 9 (Tuesday), 18:00-20:30



Tekniskan Salit (Eerikinkatu 2, 6 krs, 00100 Helsinki)



18:00 Greetings by H.E. Ambassador Kenji Shinoda

18:10 Greetings by Dr. Hideo Akutsu, Director, JSPS Stockholm Office

18:20 “Ateneum Art Museum's Research and Exhibition Project Japanomania in the Nordic Countries 1875-1918” by Dr. Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff, Chief Curator & Japanomania Exhibition Project Manager, Ateneum Museum

18:30 “Japan House in Ranua: Cultural Co-operation at the Grassroots Level” by Ms. Tuija Seppänen, Japan House Project Coordinator

18:40 “Finnair Growth in Japan: New Route to Fukuoka” by Mr. Petri Vuori, Vice President, Network Planning, Finnair Plc.

18:50 Free discussion and networking (with a buffet meal and drinks)

20:30 End of programme



To join the event, please register by sending an email to with the following information by 4 February (Thursday):

1. Full Name

2. Date of Birth

3. Contact Info (email address & telephone number)

4. Current position/organization


<If it’s your first time participating in a JAF meeting, please also tell us:>

5. Period you were in Japan (Month/Year – Month/Year)

6. Reason for being in Japan

 (e.g. MEXT Research Scholarship, Exchange program between X University and Y University, JET Program, JSPS research grant, Japan Foundation fellowship, privately-funded studies, worked for Tokyo office of XX company, etc.)

7. Which school/university/organization you belonged to while you were in Japan, and/or where you were living in Japan


We may need to limit the number of participants due to the limits of space.  In such cases, priority will be given on a first-come first-served basis, so please register well in advance!



Embassy of Japan, Cultural Affairs and PR Section

Tel: +358-9-6860200



February 1, 2 and 3 

KVA-JSPS Seminar Series: “Molecular mechanism of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes”


Since 2009, JSPS has together with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences organized seminars with Japanese lecturers. The third seminar in the FY2015 series will be held February 1, 2, and 3 2016, with invited speaker Prof. Takashi Kadowaki, The University of Tokyo.


Outline: The discovery of adiponectin and subsequently the receptors it acts upon have lead to a great surge forward in the understanding of the development of insulin resistance and obesity-linked diseases. Adiponectin is a hormone that is derived from adipose tissue and is reduced in obesity-linked diseases including insulin resistance/type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis. Adiponectin exerts its effects by binding to adiponectin receptors, two of which, AdipoR1 and AdipoR2, have been cloned. This has enabled researchers to carry out detailed studies elucidating the role played by these receptors and the metabolic pathways that are involved following their activation. Profesor Kadowaki will lecture on this topic at the Universities he will visit (see below). In addition to his lecture and interactions with junior scientists, he will also spend time with Senior researchers engaged in metabolic research to share knowledge and discuss new data in the field.


1) Karolinska Institutet


Monday, February 1, 16:00-


Nobel Forum, Nobels väg 1, KI Campus Solna


16.00 – 16.45 Lecture/Seminar

16.45 – 17.00 Q&A

17.00 – 18.00 Reception

*Please email your attendance for the reception at the latest January 22 to

*Registration for the Lecture/Seminar is NOT required.


Prof. Juleen Zierath, Karolinska Institutet


2) Lund University


Tuesday, February 2, 14:00-


Lecture Hall, University Hospital Skåne, Jan Waldenströms gata 35, 205 02 Malmö


14.00 – 15.00 Lecture/Seminar followed by Q&A and interaction

*Registration is NOT required.


Prof. Leif Groop, Lund University

3) Gothenburg University


Wednesday, February 3, 12:00-


Sahlgrenska Academy, Medicinaregatan 3a-5b, 40530 Göteborg


12.00 – 12.45 Lecture/Seminar

12.45 – 13.00 Q&A

*Registration is NOT required.


Prof. Sven Enerbäck, Gothenburg University


January 20-21

SAC Activity Seminar: “Trans-generational Disease Vulnerability: Does Epigenesis Explain it All?”


JSPS Stockholm Office offers financial support to seminars organized by members of the JSPS Alumni Club in Sweden (SAC). The second seminar of FY2015 will be held in Linköping University, focusing on Epigenetics.

The seminar intends to gather researchers working in different aspects of comparative epigenetics, form basic research to epidemiological, animal and human cohort studies, bridging models with clinical human medicine. The goal is to provide a broad spectrum of research and current knowledge on trans-generational effects for graduate students, junior researchers and clinicians, stimulating future research projects and the improvement of personalized medicine.


Epigenetics in Disease and Well-Being


Trans-Generational Disease Vulnerability: Does Epigenesis Explain it All?


January 20, 13:00- (registration from 11:00)

January 21, 08:00-



Lecture room “Planck” (J206) in the Physics Building “Fysikhuset” at Linköping University, Campus Valla



- Prof. Takeo Kubota, Yamanashi University

- Dr. Nadine Provencal, Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry

- Dr. Anita Öst, IKE, Linköping University

- Dr. Annika Thorsell, Linköping University

- Prof. Per Jensen, Linköping University

- Dr. Jerker Karlén, Linköping University

- Prof. Gunilla Sydsjö, Linköping University Hospital

- Dr. Susanne Liffner, Linköping University Hospital

- Dr. Carlos Guerrero-Bosagna, Linköping University

- Dr. Daniel Nätt, Linköping University

- Dr. Colm Nestor, Linköping University






Please register for participation before 11 December 2015 by sending an e-mail to


January 15
JSPS Alumni Club in Sweden 10- Year Anniversary Symposium

The JSPS Alumni Club in Sweden (SAC) was established in 2005. To celebrate the club's 10-year anniversary, menbers of the Alumni Club will together with JSPS Stockholm Office organize a symposium, focusing on the exchange history of Swedish and Japanese researchers and its future.
The symposium (including dinner) is admission free and open to the public. 


Exchange History of Swedish and Japanese Researchers and its Future 

Date / Time   

Friday, January 15  13:00~18:05

Followed by the dinner 
Registration opens at 12:30 



The underground hall of the R1 Reactor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
(Drottning Kristinas Väg 51, Stockholm)


- Keynote lecture by Emeritus Prof. Kojiro Nishina, Nagoya University

- Keynote lecture by Dr. Stefan Ekman, Museum of Evolution, Uppsala University

- Prof. Carl-Henrik Heldin, Ludwig Institue for Cancer Research 
- Prof. Emeritus Lars Bohlin, Uppsala University
- Prof. Tomoko Nakanishi, University of Tokyo 

- Prof. Janne Wallenius, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

- Dr. Elin Palm, Linköping University

- Prof. Lars Öhrström, Chalmers University of Technology
- Dr . Catharina Blomberg, Stockholm University
- Prof. Mohammad Asadzadeh , Chalmers University of Technology
-Dr. Stefan Bengtsson, Institute of Environmental Radioactivity, Fukushima University





* Registration for participating in the symposium closes on January 12, 2016



January 14

The 4th Sweden-Japan Academic Network


If you are interested in studying, doing a postdoc or working in Japan, this event is for you. Swedish researchers and others interested in science in Japan are most welcome to attend the Sweden-Japan Academic Network together with Japanese researchers in Sweden, alumni members of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and Japanese governmental scholarship fellows. Presentations by Japanese scientists in Sweden and others with experience of working in truly international research groups.

Organized by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA), the Embassy of Japan and JSPS Stockholm Office.



January 14, 2016




Beijer Hall, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm




- Prof. Kojiro Nishina, Nagoya University

- Prof. Karl Grandin, Center for History of Science, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences


Registration: no later than January 12!   

 ※Admission is free of charge but registration in advance is required.



December 16-18

“Issues of recognition in pragmatism and American transcendentalism.”



“Issues of recognition in pragmatism and American transcendentalism.”



In the age of globalization, borders between cultures and nations have become all the more fluid. Tragedies produced by tensions between religious and political values have increased. It is an urgent task today to reconsider how to live with different cultures.
This symposium thematizes the issue of recognition in the context of living with other cultures. Centering on American philosophy (pragmatism and transcendentalism) as its guiding thought, and interconnecting this with studies on education, religious studies, political science, aesthetics, literature, etc., we shall be engaged in dialogue dedicated to the question of understanding other cultures in the light of interdisciplinary, international and practical aspects. 


December 16, 13:15-17:00 followed by the Informal Welcoming Reception

December 17, 10:15-17:30 followed by the Conference Dinner
December 18, 10:00-17:30   





University of Helsinki, Facult Hall, Faculty of Theology

- Kyoto University
- SPIRITS International project, “Philosophy as Translation and Understanding Other Cultures,” Kyoto University
- COE Program, “Reason and Religious Recognition Research”, Department of Theology, University of Helsinki (Academy of Finland)
- Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsink
- JSPS Stockholm Office

Speakers  *subject to change

- Junichi Mori, Director, The Organisation for the promotion of International Affairs, Kyoto University

- Nobuo Kazashi, Professor, Kobe University

- Keiko Matsui Gibson, Professor, Kanda University of International Studies

- Naoko Saito, Associate Professor, Kyoto University

- Jeremy Rappleye, Associate Professor, Kyoto University

- Zhu Ye, Doctoral Student, Kyoko University

- Minako Saigo, Doctoral Student, Kyoto University/ JSPS Researcher [DC]

- Nami Fujimoto, Doctoral Student, Kyoto University/ Inter-Graduate School Program for

Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies [GSS]

- Kensuke Asai, Doctoral Student, Kyoto University/ Inter-Graduate School Program for

Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies [GSS]

- Kazuma Sogabe, Master’s Student, Kyoto University/ Inter-Graduate School Program for

 Sustainable Development and Survivable Societies [GSS]

- Risto Saarinen, Professor, University of Helsinki

- Sami Pihlstr ö m, Professor, University of Helsinki

- Heikki J. Koskinen, Research Fellow, University of Helsinki

- Hekki A. Kovalainen, Postdoc. Fellow, University of Tampere

- Sari Kivistö, Research Director and acting Director, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced

 Studies (HCAS), University of Helsinki / Uppsala University

- Katarina Holma, Senior Researcher, University of Helsinki/University of Eastern Finland

- Paul Standish, Professor, University College London

- Sandra Laugier, Professor, Paris 1st University

- Vincent Colapietro, Professor, State University of Pennsylvania

- Á ine Mahon, University College Dublin

- Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir, Professor, University of Iceland

November 12-13 

3rd International Workshop on Fluid and Material Sciences in Cooperation between KTH and Tohoku University: Focuses on Flow Dynamics and Spintronics Materials



The workshop this year especially focuses on flow dynamics and spintronics materials. Based on collaborative researches related to fluid science, material science, and their transdisciplinary field between KTH and Tohoku University, international researchers, who are interested in participating and starting collaborations, gather to deeply discuss the relevant studies and to expand their collaborative research globally.


*Registration is NOT required. The workshop is open to public.



November 12 - 13, 2015



Seminar room Faxén, Fluid Physics Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Teknikringen 8



November 12 (Thu): Flow Dynamics

9.00 – 9.15 Opening

Keynote lectures

9.15 – 10.00 Industrial applications of multi-objective design exploration, Shigeru Obayashi, Tohoku University, chair: Ardeshir Hanifi

10.00 – 10.45 Transition prediction and laminar flow design, Ardeshir Hanifi, KTH, chair: Shigeru Obayashi

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee

Technical session I     chair: Fredrik Lundell

11.15 – 11.45 Numerical study of the flow around a realistic nose landing gear, Ciaran O’Reilly, KTH

11.45 – 12.15 Measurement-integrated simulation of turbulent flow behind a square cylinder, Toshiyuki Hayase, Tohoku University

12.15 – 13.30 Lunch

Technical session II      chair: Toshiyuki Hayase

13.30 – 14.00 Biomechanics of the human upper airways, Lukas Schickofer, KTH

14.00 – 14.30 Evolution of mean flow and disturbances in strained vortices, Yuji Hattori, Tohoku University

14.30 – 15.00 High Reynolds number scaling in wall-bounded flows, Antonio Segalini, KTH

15.00 – 15.15 Coffee

Technical session III     chair: Ciaran O’Reilly

15.15 – 15.45 Nanofibril alignment in flow focusing: measurements and calculations, Fredrik Lundell, KTH

15.45 – 16.15 Blood flow – research overview, Lisa Prahl-Wittberg (Niclas Berg), Royal Institute of Technology

16.15 – 16.45 Leading edge receptivity to vortical local disturbances, Yu Nishio, Tohoku University

16.45 – 17.15 Sedimentation of finite-size spheres in turbulent environments, Walter Fornari, KTH

November 13 (Fri):  Spintronics

9.00 – 9.15 Opening

Keynote lectures

9.15 – 10.00 Neutral beam technology: Defect-free nanofabrication for novel nano-materials and nano-devices, Seiji Samukawa, Tohoku University, chair: Randy Dumas

10.00 – 10.45 Recent advances in synchronizing nano-contact spin torque oscillators, Randy Dumas, University of Gothenburg, chair: Seiji Samukawa

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee

Technical session IV     chair: Johan Åkerman

11.15 – 11.45 Perpendicular-anisotropy CoFeB-MgO magnetic tunnel junctions for low power consumption non-volatile VLSI, Hideo Sato, Tohoku University

11.45 – 12.15 Atomistic and micromagnetic simulations of magnetization and spin-heat interaction, Anna Delin, KTH

12.15 – 13.30 Lunch

Technical session V     chair: Hideo Sato

13.30 – 14.00 Thermal fluctuations in artificial spin ice, Vassilios Kapaklis, Uppsala University

14.00 – 14.30 Fluid motion induced by spin injection, Saburo Takahashi, Tohoku University

14.30 – 15.00 Spin torque and spin Hall effect driven magnetic solitons, Johan Åkerman, KTH & University of Gothenburg

15.00 – 15.15 Coffee

Joint research      chair: Fredrik Lundell

15.15 – 15.45 Experimental analysis on dynamic behavior of ionic liquid electrospray by high speed imaging, Hidemasa Takana, Tohoku University

15.45 – 16.15 Proposal of collaborative research focusing on interfacial science of cellulose and plastic aiming for creation of natural fiber reinforced composites, Hiroyuki Kosukegawa, Tohoku University

16.15 – 16.45 Two-dimensional simulation of interaction between solid wall and capsule in fluid under centrifugal force field, Suguru Miyauchi, Tohoku University

16.45 – 17.15 Development of evaluation system for cardiac ablation catheter on electrode cooling and tissue temperature, Kaihong Yu, Tohoku University

17.15 – 17.45 Closing


November 3

IVA-JSPS Seminar ”The future forest industry – What could Sweden learn from Japan?”

The first IVA-JSPS seminar in the FY2015 series will be held on November 3, 2015 with invited speaker Prof. Hiroyuki Yano, Kyoto University and Prof. Dr. Masayoshi Watanabe, Ministry of International Trade and Industry.



”The future forest industry – What could Sweden learn from Japan?”


The forest industry is an important source for economic growth and employment worldwide. Yet, forestry and the forest industry is facing major challenges, primarily because of the sharp decline in sales of newsprint and printing paper. Japan has a large forest industry and has invested heavily in R&D to meet the challenges of the future.  This seminar will be focused on the research and development in the forest sector in Japan and what strategies the Japanese government has chosen for the future.



Tuesday November 3



17:30-19:30 followed by dinner (optional)



IVAs Conference Center, Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm



- Professor Hiroyuki Yano, Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University

“The future direction of bio-based materials inspired by nano- to micro-structures in plants”

- Prof. Dr. Masayoshi Watanabe, Ministry of International Trade and Industry

“Strategy to create advanced biomass industry”



- Professor Lars Berglund, Royal institute of Technology (KTH) – Academic perspective

- Tom Lindström, Innventia – Industrial perspective

- Representative from the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation (TBD) – Political perspective



- Professor Mikael Lindström, Dean School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Royal institute of Technology (KTH)



Please register for the seminar and the dinner at

- No later than October 29 .

- The cost of the optional dinner is 400SEK.

- Participation in the seminar is free of charge.


October 12, 14, 16 and 19

KVA-JSPS Seminar Series: “Molecular Engineering for Photoinduced Charge Separation and Its Applications”


Since 2009, JSPS has together with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences organized seminars with Japanese lecturers. The second seminar in the FY2015 series will be held October 12, 14, 16 and 19 2015, with invited speaker Prof. Hiroshi Imahori, Kyoto University.


Outline: The lectures presented by Prof. Imahori will deal with his research in the solar energy field. You can find the abstract here.

*Registration is NOT required.

 Everyone who is interested in this seminar is welcome.


1) KTH Royal Institute of Technology


Monday, October 12, 14:00-


E2, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Osquars Backe 2, floor 3)




Prof. Licheng Sun, KTH Royal Institute of Technology


2) Uppsala University


Wednesday, October 14, 15:15-


FotoMol seminar room, Ångström lab Å71121, Uppsala University




Prof. Leif Hammarström, Uppsala University

3) Chalmers University of Technology


Friday, October 16, 15:00-


Hall KC in the chemistry building, ground level, Chalmers University of Technology (Kemigården 4)




Prof. Bo Albinsson, Prof. Jerker Mårtensson and Assistant Prof. Maria Abrahamsson, Chalmers University of Technology


4) Lund University


Monday, October 19, 15:00-


Hall G, Chemical Center, Lund University (Sölvegatan 39, Entrance B)




Prof. Villy Sundström, Lund University

October 15, 2015
Academic Links between Finland and Japan
Together with the Hokkaido University Helsinki Office and JSPS Alumni Club in Finland (ACF), JSPS Stockholm Office will co-organize a seminar to gather Hokkaido University alumni, JSPS alumni and Japanese researchers in Finland.
Members of JSPS ACF are welcome to join the annual General Assembly, starting at 14:30. The seminar and reception are open for all.



15.10.2015 (Thu)

- Seminar 16:00-18:00
- Reception 18:00-20:00



Unioninkatu 34, University of Helsinki, Main Building, Old Side

- JSPS ACF board meeting and General Assembly: Auditorium III, 1st Floor

- Seminar: Auditorium XIII, 2nd Floor

- Reception: Flyygelisali and Teacher’s Cafeteria, 1st Floor


Speakers of the Seminar (16:00-18:00)

- Ms. Yuko Omura, Managing director, Archtours Japan Ltd

- Dr. Kei Saito, Musicology, Sibelius Academy

- Prof. Elina Oksanen, Plant ecophysiology, University of Eastern Finland Kuopio

- Dr. Michiru Nagatsu, Social and Moral Philosophy, University of Helsinki

- Prof. Ryuichi Masuda, Professor of Biodiversity, Hokkaido University



14:30-15:45 JSPS Alumni Club in Finland General Assembly in Aud. III (Only For JSPS ACF)

15:45-16:00 Coffee break in front of Aud. XIII (For All)

16:00-18:00 Seminar in Aud. XIII, (For All) 

18:00-20:00 Reception in Flyygelisali and Teacher’s Cafeteria in the Main Building (For All)



Please send an e-mail no later than 4.10.2015 (Sun) to Sanae Ito ( with the following information:

(1) Name

(2) Organization, Position

(3) E-mail address


October 7
Lithuania-Japan Joint Life Science Symposium
A joint symposium between Lithuania and Japan will be held to stregnthen the international exchange and mutual understanding between the two countries.
October 7 (Wednesday), 10:00-17:00
Ito International Research Center, the University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus), Japan
Research Council of Lithuania, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Japan, the University of Tokyo and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Poster (.PDF)
For more information about participation, please contact

September 30, October 1-2 2015
Lectures by Prof. Izumi Ohno in Stockholm

Prof. Izumi Ohno, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) will deliver lectures in Stockholm as follows:

(1) Stockholm Seminar on Japan

The European Institute of Japanese Studies (EIJS) at Stockholm School of Economics, the Embassy of Japan, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm University, and JSPS Stockholm Office will hold a seminar as follows.



Development Cooperation in a Post-MDG Era: Can Japan effectively continue to contribute to global development?



The Japanese government adopted a new Charter for Development Cooperation in February 2015, to embark on the post-2015 development era and building on the 60th anniversary of its ODA. What are key features of this new Charter? What are the continuity and evolution from the past—including the vision and approach? How should (can) Japan effectively contribute to the new era of global development, by making use of its core competence?



September 30, 2015



15:00 – 16:30



Ohlinrummet Stockholm School of Economics, Sveavägen 65



To register, send an e-mail, with name, affiliation, and contact details to:

Please register no later than September 25, 2015.



- Professor Izumi Ohno: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)


- Professor Marie Söderberg: Director, EIJS, Stockholm School of Economics


- Associate professor Anders Olofsgård: Stockholm School of Economics


(2) International conference

Prof. Izumi Ohno and the Nordic academic experts will have detailed and in-depth discussions concerning the future of ODA.



Japanese and Nordic Development Cooperation in a Post-MDG era



October 1-2, 2015



October 1: 9:30-17:30

October 2: 9:30-11:45



Ohlinrummet Stockholm School of Economics, Sveavägen 65



To register, fill in the attached registration form (.doc) and send it to:

Please register no later than September 25, 2015. 


Program (PDF)


September 2-3 2015

SAC Activity Seminar: "Japanese Ethics and Technology"
JSPS Stockholm Office offers financial support to seminars organized by members of the JSPS Alumni Club in Sweden (SAC).

Technological development is seen as causing new ethical issues, such as genetically modified organisms fostering monocultures, nanotechnologies causing issues of privacy, as well as health and environmental issues, robotics raising issues about the meaning of humanity, and the risks of nuclear power (witnessed in the Fukushima disaster). At the same time, technology embodies a hope for mankind, such as ICT improving relationships between human beings and nature, smart systems assisting humans in leading a more ethical and environmentally friendly life, etc. The purpose of this seminar is to create an inclusive forum for a cross-cultural exchange between scholars who are interested in exploring the relevance of Japanese ethics (for example Nishida, Watsuji, Yuasa, Imamichi) for understanding ethical issues of technology. Particular focus will be on the effect of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the thought about Japanese ethics and technology.


Date and time

September 2, 11:00 - 18:00 (Registration from 10:30)

September 3, 09:15 - 17:00



Beurlingrummet, Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University



- Keynote speech: Takashi Majima, Senshu University

- Kevin Lam, University of Tokyo

- Ching-yuen Cheung, Chinese University of Hong Kong

- Maki Sato, University of Tokyo

- Masato Shirai, Toyo University

- Yasuo Deguchi, Kyoto University

- Elin Palm, Linköping University

- Ryoko Asai, Uppsala University

- Per Fors, Uppsala University

- Richard Grassman, Uppsala University

- Mikael Laaksoharju, Uppsala University

- Iordanis Kavathazopoulos, Uppsala University

- Thomas Taro Lennerfors, Uppsala University



Wednesday 2 Sep

10.30-11.00 Coffee, registration, and informal discussions between the delegates.

11.00-12.00 Welcome and introduction.

12.00-13.15 Lunch. (only provided for presenters)

13.15-14.00 Takashi MAJIMA (Senshu University), Keynote Speech. From “Green” to “Smart”: The impact of Fukushima on "Green IT" in Japan

14.00-14.45 Saeko KIMURA (Tsuda College). Suicidal Society: What Fukushima uncovered.

14.45-15.15 Coffee break

15.15-17.30 Paper session

Ching-yuen CHEUNG (Chinese University of Hong Kong). Reading Tanaka Shozo after Fukushima

Per FORS (Uppsala University). Sustainable ICT: Tools from the technology-mediated sphere for ecological sustainability

Ryoko ASAI (Uppsala University). Technology as a Mask

Yasuo DEGUCHI (Kyoto University). Ethics of Emptiness in the technological age

18.00-19.00 Guided tour of Uppsala for presenters

20.15 Dinner/reception for presenters at restaurant in Uppsala city center.


Thursday 3 Sep


Rickard GRASSMAN (Uppsala University). 'Animating Binaries: Zen elements in Japanese discourse and its impact on technological change’

Maki SATO (University of Tokyo). Nature as an Organic Mandala – Implications for the Introduction of Geoengineering

Elin PALM (Linköping University). Towards a global ethics of technology beyond the division East/West - The meaning and value of culture in Intercultural Information Ethics

10.45-11.00 Coffee break


Mikael LAAKSOHARJU (Uppsala University). Ethics for Techies

Masato SHIRAI (Toyo University). Technology, artificiality, and human beings in later Nishida philosophy

12.00-13.30 Lunch (only provided for presenters)

13.30 - 15.00 Paper session

Kevin LAM (University of Tokyo). Ethics for magicians: On Shimomura Toratarō’s philosophy of technology

Iordanis KAVATHATZOPOULOS (Uppsala University). Inter-cultural design and use of robots

Thomas Taro LENNERFORS (Uppsala University). Anthropotechnics and self-cultivation: Sloterdijk meets Yuasa

15.00-15.30 Coffee break

15.30-16.30 Panel discussion: Technology and ethics: future projects


16.30-17.00 Final words, closing the conference.

17.00-18.30 Visit to The Center for Ethics and Sustainability of Technology, Uppsala University, to experience how ICT can facilitate ethical decision making. Hosted by Iordanis KAVATHATZOPOULOS.


To register, send an e-mail, with name, affiliation, and contact details to:

Please register before August 26.

The conference is free of charge (lunch not included).

July 17, July 20-23 2015
KVA-JSPS Seminar Series

Since 2009, JSPS has together with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences organized seminars with Japanese lecturers. The first seminar in the FY2015 series will be held July 17, 20-23 2015, with invited speaker Prof. Yuichi Ikuhara, the University of Tokyo.


Outline: The seminars presented by Prof. Ikuhara will address the detailed and atomic structure of interfaces and grain boundaries, the correlation to properties and how the structure can be understood and controlled. The atomic structure is characterised using advanced high resolution and in situ transmission electron microscopy.


1) Linköping University


Friday, July 17



Lecture room “Planck” (J206) in the Physics building “Fysikhuset” at Linköping University, campus Valla


Program and Registration*will be updated

10.15 JSPS-KVA Seminar by Prof. Ikuhara

11.00 Wrap up and final questions

11.15 Lunch

12.00 Demonstration and tour of the local facilities, excursion to Ångströmhuset


13.00 Discussions, recommendations and outlook

*Registration is not required.



Prof. Lars Hultman, Assoc. Prof. Per Persson, Linköping University

2) Chalmers University


Monday, July 20- Thursday, July 23



Lecture hall "Kollektorn", Kemivägen 9, Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg


Program and Registration

Monday July 20, 2015

17:30 Get Together Gathering at Lagerhuset in Trädgårdsföreningen, which is close to the central station in Göteborg. You can find the directions here.

Tuesday July 21, 2015

8:00 Coffee & Tea & Registration

Session 1 – Advances in In Situ TEM/STEM I

9:00 Robert Sinclair

9:30 Max Haider

10:00 Kazu Suenaga

10:30 Coffee & tea

Session 2 – Advances in In Situ TEM/STEM II

11:00 Harald Rose

11:30 David Bell

12:00 Seiji Takeda

12:30 Lunch

Session 3 – Electron Holography

13:30 Rafal Dunin Borkowski

14:00 Toshiaki Tanigaki

14:30 Florent Houdellier

15:00 Ludvig de Knoop

15:30 Posters, Practical sessions & Activities

Wednesday July 22, 2015

8:00 Coffee & Tea

Session 4 – Advances in In Situ spectroscopy

8:30 Paolo Longo

9:00 Meiken Falke

9:30 Wilfried Sigle

10:00 Mathieu Kociak

10:30 Coffee & Tea

Session 5 – In Situ gaseous studies

11:00 Ai Leen Koh

11:30 L. R. Wallenberg

12:00 Jane Y. Howe

12:30 Lunch

Session 6 – In Situ deformation studies

13:30 Yuichi Ikuhara: KVA-JSPS seminar

14:30 Christoph Gammer

15:00 Per Persson

15:30 Posters, Practical sessions & Activities

Thursday July 23, 2015

8:00 Coffee & Tea

Session 7 – Novel microscopy tools and techniques

8:30 Niels de Jonge

9:00 Qiang Xu

9:30 Hessam Ghassemi

10:00 Velimir Radmilovic

10:30 Coffee & Tea

Session 8 – In Situ thermal studies I

11:00 Wolfgang Jaeger

11:30 Caterina Ducati

12:00 Ichiro Ohnishi

12:30 Lunch

Session 9 – In Situ thermal studies II

13:30 Erdmann Spiecker

14:00 Norvik Voskanian

14:30 Joerg R. Jinschek

15:00 John Cumings

15:30 Coffee & Panel discussion


*Professor Ikuhara will give the invited talk as KVA-JSPS Seminar on July 22 in the session 6. He will also contribute to the panel discussion on July 23.

*Detailed program and registration can be found here:

*Deadline for registration is July 13.


Prof. Eva Olsson, Chalmers University


JSPS Stockholm Office (

June 2, 2015

Human brown adipose tissue and obesity

A symposium on “Human brown adipose tissue and obesity” will be held on June 2 (Tues) 2015 in KVA, Stockholm. The event is organized by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Stockholm University, Hokkaido University and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Please find details of the event as below.



June 2(Tues), 2015



the Linneus hall of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA)



09.30-10.00  Morning coffee

10.00-10.05 Welcome to the Academy – Barbara Cannon, President of the Academy

10.05-10.20 Human brown adipose tissue, a short history - Jan Nedergaard, Stockholm University

10.20-11.20 Brown adipose tissue in small rodents, dogs, and humans - Masayuki Saito, Hokkaido University and Tenshi College, Japan

11.20-11.50 Human brown adipose tissue, the Dutch perspective - Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, Maastricht, The Netherlands

12.00-13.00 Lunch in the Academy Villa

13.00-13.30 Human brown adipose tissue, the Finnish perspective - Kirsi Virtanen, Finland

13.30-14.00 MR imaging of human brown adipose tissue - Magnus Borga/Anders Persson, Linköping University, Sweden

14.00-14.30 Brown fat cells in adult humans - Camilla Scheele, Copenhagen, Denmark

14.30-15.00 Human brown fat cells: adrenal tumors – Martin Lidell, Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg

15.00-15.30 Afternoon coffee

15.30-16.00 BMP4 induces beige/brown adipogenesis in the subcutaneous adipose tissue - Ulf Smith, Lundberg Laboratory, Gothenburg

16.00-16.30 Thermogenesis in human brown-fat like adipocytes – Xiao-Rong Peng, AstraZeneca, Mölndal, Sweden

16.30-16.45 A human brown fat cell line - Ineke Luijten, Stockholm University

16.45-17.15 mTOR complex 2 in human brown adipocytes - Tore Bengtsson, Stockholm University

17.15-17.45 Genetic studies of hibernoma and other adipocytic tumours - Fredrik Mertens, Lund

18.00-18.30 Drinks outside the Academy Villa (weather permitting)

18.30-20.30 Dinner in the Academy Villa


How to register:

Please register for the event here: Registration closed.

Registration will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis up to 50 people, so please register in advance. Lunch and dinner will be served to all registered participants.
May 21, 2015
ACF Members' Seminar: Future Diagnostics
JSPS Stockholm Office supports members of the JSPS Alumni Club in Finland (ACF) with organizing seminars. For FY2015, a seminar on "Future Diagnostics" will be held in Turku, Finland.

This seminar is organized in collaboration with University of Turku-Technology Research Center (TRC), Turku University of Applied Sciences, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Stockholm Office and City of Turku.

May 21 (thur), 10-15:00
University of Turku, Main Building, Lecture Hall II (2) Building T1, Finland
10:00-10:15 Opening speech (Dr. Timo Korpela)
10:15-11:15 Prof. Seiji Shibasaki (Hyogo University of Health Sciences): "The Recent Challenges in Red Biotechnology – for Accelerating the Development of Novel Diagnostic Tools and Pharmaceutics"
11:15-12:00 Dr. Erkki Soini: "New Principles for in vitro Diagnostics"
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
13:00-13:30 Marika Kase, Global Business Director (PerkinElmer): "Expanded Newborn Screening in Japan"
13:30-14:00 Teppo Hyytiä, Head of Business Unit (Roche Diagnostics): "Doing Now What Patients Need Next"
14:00-14:30 Teppo Laaksonen, Senior Advisor (Turku Science Park Ltd.): "Diagnostic companies in TScP Ltd: Present and Future Trends"
14:30-14:50 Dr. Timo Korpela (University of Turku/TRC): "Electrochemistry in Diagnostics: the Past, the Present and the Future"
14:50-15:00 Dr. Hideo Akutsu (Director of JSPS Stockholm Office): "JSPS Programs Supporting Research Activities"
Further information and registration
Please go to for further information and registration.
May 11, 2015

Seminar: Research and Study Possibilities in and on Japan


A seminar on “Research and Study Possibilities in and on Japan” will be held on May 11 (Mon) 2015 in Helsinki, Finland. The event is organized by Hokkaido University Helsinki Office, Embassy of Japan, JSPS Stockholm Office, Academy of Finland, Finnish University Network for Asian Studies (Asianet), JSPS Alumni Club in Finland, Tekes, and University of Helsinki. Please find details of the event as below.



May 11 (Monday), 10-18:30 (registration from 09:15)



Snellmanninkatu 12, Svenska Social- och Kommunalhögskolan, University of Helsinki, Finland



<Morning session: Japanese studies>

9.15  Coffee + Registration

10.00  Opening Remarks by H.E. Mr. Kenji Shinoda, Ambassador of Japan to Finland

10:10  Prof. Yoshihiro Narita (Director, Hokkaido University Helsinki Office): “Kansei-engineering”

10.25  Prof. Yoshimi Ogawa (Yokohama National University, Graduate School of Education): “Research Sources on Language Teaching and Politics – Japanese Pre-war Teaching in Europe”

11.10  Keynote Speech by Assoc. Prof. Naoko Saito (Kyoto University/Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki): “Lost in translation? Addressing internationalisation today”

12.15  Ms. Liisa Karvinen (former Japanese Government Scholarship recipient, currently Deputy Managing Editor & Foreign Correspondent Coordinator, YLE News): “The Influence of Japan on My Career”


12.45 – 13.45 Lunch provided by the Embassy of Japan


<Afternoon session: Research and funding possibilities>

14.00  Ms. Yuriko Kawakubo (Deputy Director, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Stockholm Office): “Recent Activities for the Promotion of Science”

14.20  Ms. Ulla Ellmén (Science Adviser, Academy of Finland): “Recent Activities of the Academy of Finland”

14.40  Dr. Heli Koskinen (former Japanese Government Scholarship and JSPS grant recipient, currently Research Scientist at Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Work Environment Development): “Acoustics research at Tohoku University”


15.30  Mr. Yuji Kato (Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Paris Office): “Introduction to the Japan Science and Technology Agency”

15.50  Ms. Merja Hiltunen (Director, Tekes, Strategic support for programmes and networking activities): “Introduction to Tekes - FidiPro-funding for researchers, Finpro activities regarding Sendai Finland Wellbeing, & collaboration possibilities with INKA-program”

16.30  Mr. Tatu Lajunen (former JSPS grant recipient, currently Researcher and Doctoral Student in Centre for Drug Research, Helsinki University): “Experiences on Pharmaceutical Research in Japanese Academia and Industry”


17.15 – 18.30  Networking event


++ A Master’s Thesis Workshop for master’s students in Japanese studies will be held in the afternoon (14.00 - closed session, registration already closed)


How to register:

Please register for the event by sending an e-mail to with the following information no later than 30.04. (Thur):

(1) Name

(2) Organization, Position

(3) E-mail address

(4) Which part(s) of the event you will attend:

- Morning session

- Afternoon session

- Lunch

- Networking event


For any queries regarding this event, please contact:

Embassy of Japan, Cultural Affairs and PR Section

Tel: +358-9-6860200