October 6, 2011 Guest

Guest : Dr. Mohammad Mehdinejanouri (Vice-Minister, Ministry of Science, Research and Technology)

Dr. Mohammad Mehdinejanouri, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran, paid a visit to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan). He is similar to Chief Executive Director Mamoru Mohri in that both of them are graduates of Hokkaido University, and so the two of them held a meeting where they at times conversed in Japanese. Dr. Mehdinejanouri listened to the background of the establishment of Miraikan, and discussed issues like the importance of education. At the same time, he referred to the differences between the museums that record the grandeur of Iran's 5,000-year history and Miraikan, which deals with cutting-edge science, and affirmed that they had much to learn from one another. They also touched on Iran's first man-made satellite, and after the meeting he went on a tour of the museum with the Science Communicator in which he expressed enormous interest in the Earth Environment and Frontiers Exhibit, carefully viewing each of them one by one. He climbed aboard a full-size model of Shinkai 6500 where he asked questions about the significance of deep-sea research and its results, before having a picture taken in front of an actual rocket engine. He also viewed dynamic images of the Earth on the Geo-Cosmos, such as the Earth as seen at night from space and a simulation of a tsunami.

To Miraikan, this exchange with a country like Iran that is a great predecessor and which boasts a lengthy history served as an invaluable opportunity to once again perceive how science is a part of culture.

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