Holding of the 3rd Symposium on the "Element Strategy Initiative :To Form Core Research Centers" and Large-scale Research Facilities

The Element Strategy Initiative: To Form Core Research Centers was launched in 2012 with the aim of creating substitute materials for rare-earth elements. Technologies for developing such substitute materials were defined as an important policy matter along with the development of energy-saving technologies in the current Fifth Science and Technology Basic Plan. There has also been great international momentum to create sustainable societies, as seen by the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations. Many people have expressed hope that future developments in this world-leading project will contribute to such goals.

Four years remain in this ten-year Initiative. We intend to continue working toward ensuring a sound process from elucidating scientific principles to developing practical applications, with the goal of producing groundbreaking achievements.

Analytic technologies taking advantage of large-scale research facilities, such as the SPring-8 and J-PARC synchrotron radiation facilities and the K computer, have proved indispensable for accelerating research. The achievements of the Initiative presented at this third installment of the Symposium, in addition to the research outcomes at large-scale research facilities and in the private sector, are expected to spark in-depth discussions among participants and lead to further opportunities to strengthen collaboration.

I would like to conclude my remarks by thanking all the people who have worked tirelessly to plan and hold this event and by wishing all in attendance further success in your current and future activities. Thank you for your attention.

February 5, 2018

Keisuke Isogai

Research Promotion Bureau
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)