Magazine

Magazine
『A Japan-based “element strategy” for tackling issues of element resources with science
Building a sustainable society with innovative materials』
Published on December 1, 2020
[Contents]
New Japan-made materials that have changed the world
Manufacturing aligned with the Earth
A unique strategy developed by resource-poor Japan “Element Strategy”
Achievements of the MEXT Element Strategy Initiative: To Form Core Research Centers
Young researchers fostered by the Element Strategy Initiative
Ask the pioneers: What’s next for materials science?
Program director, Element Strategy Initiative: To Form Core Research Centers

Kohei Tamao
President, Toyota Physical and Chemical Research Institute

Leading the world with “element strategy”
─Striving for further development─

Japan developed the concept of an element strategy sixteen years ago to use science for solving problems related to element resources. These efforts have created numerous materials with innovative functions and have contributed to the creation of an enriched, sustainable society.

Though originating in Japan, this concept is shared in all countries of the world and similar efforts are being advanced on a global scale. In fact, these efforts may be entering a phase of global competition with science-based initiatives being implemented in a competitive atmosphere.

The role of resource-poor Japan may be to guide the world by contributing its scientific and technological might, which are grounds for the continued and even enhanced implementation of these efforts as a national project.