November 18, 2008 Guests
Guest : Senator the Hon Kim Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Australia)
Australia's Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Mr. Kim Carr visited Miraikan, motivated by stories about Miraikan from Director Mohri, at the 20th anniversary of Questacon (The National Science and Technology Centre in Australia) that took place October 2008. Minister Carr, as he is in charge of Questacon in Canberra, maintains a mutually cooperative relationship with Miraikan.
He eagerly viewed the newly opened exhibit, "Earth Environment and Me" and was provided an explanation of the exhibition by Science Communicator Yasuhiko Ishikawa, who planned the Permanent Exhibit. Minister Carr was impressed to hear how areas of the exhibits on display are continuously upgraded as the museum applies the suggestions obtained through feedback from the visitors. Mr. Carr also was very impressed how MIRAICAN Hall, one of the exchange facilities used for symposiums and seminars, is also open to the general public in this capacity, and, as such, plays an important role of providing social benefits to society.
As Mr. Carr toured the research facilities within Miraikan, he received explanations from the researchers involved in the "Displaying 3D Contents into Free Space Project," the "Humanoid Robot Project," and the "Childhood Injury Prevention Engineering Project." He noted that he would like to use the museum's innovative ideas, such as how the facility is also opened to visitors during weekends with tours hosted by volunteers, when establishing new science museums in Australia and for the planned facility improvement of Questacon.
Mr. Carr left the museum expressing his hopes for the further deepening of the relationship between Questacon and Miraikan in conjunction with the warm, long-standing relationship between Japan and Australia.