Chief Executive Director
Asakawa Chieko, Ph. D.
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) is more than just a place for gaining knowledge of the latest science and technology, it’s also a platform for people to create a better future together.
We are on the verge of a new society, thanks to the evolution of sciences such as artificial intelligence (AI) and biotechnology. Yet, global issues, including human-made climate change, are increasing in severity. If all we do is simply to accept the convenience that science and technology brings, a better future would not come.
At the platform known as Miraikan, many people will be able to form bonds that transcend social statuses or locations. Here people will be able to experience a wide variety of ideas, and realize there are actions that each person can do as well. Our hope is that each individual will then begin to take real steps to create new, innovative ideas to create a better future.
With this in mind, we treasure diversity and inclusion as important concepts, and actively provide a multitude of scientific communication activities. Let us, together, create a better future.
Takagi Hironobu, Ph. D.
Sakaki Hiroyuki, Ph. D.
Human beings have thrived over millions of years by creating and using various tools to secure food, clothing and shelter. Through these efforts, we, human beings, discovered methods of making metal wares and also the universal laws of the motion of objects; these discoveries led to the invention of the steam engine, railways and so on, giving birth to the modern society. Then we created electrical technology and science, and, in later stages, unraveled the core physics of photons, electrons and atoms. On the basis of these findings, drastic advances have been made in various fields, such as materials science, power engineering, and information-and-communications technology. Moreover, since the discovery of DNA structures in the mid-twentieth century, mysteries of living organisms have been unlocked, resulting in the transformation of medical sciences.
Although these advances in science and technology have allowed a large portion of people to enjoy affluent life, they have created serious problems such as the depletion of fossil fuels and global warming. While advances in transportation have greatly facilitated the movement of goods and people, they have also invited the spread of diseases such as COVID19. Moreover, the smooth flow of information enabled by the internet has led to such issues as internet addiction and abuse.
By getting the advice and support from frontline researchers, we, the Miraikan, keep constant efforts to offer opportunities and materials to help visitors easily grasp the course of progress in science and technology which human beings have made through creativity and ingenuity; we also help visitors envision the direction and possibilities of future evolution of science and technology. Furthermore, we offer opportunities to understand major issues that the world is confronted with, and hints to examine what measures human beings should take to make the 21 century a better age for the Globe.
Nowadays, electronic access to a vast amount of information through the internet has become powerful. We, Miraikan, are improving our on-line delivery of information. We believe, however, that visiting Miraikan and spending hours to see and directly experience exhibits and the actual work up close, while having dialogue with science communicators and/or companions, will enable visitors to get something that cannot be learned from the internet; we are confident that visitors will acquire deeper understanding of science and technology and balanced thoughts on the future of humanity. We sincerely wish that you will visit Miraikan and enjoy a fruitful time.