May 11, 2012 Guest

Guest : Mr. Han Qi de (Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, President of the China Association for Science and Technology)

Mr. Han Qi de and his party paid a visit to Miraikan.

Miraikan Director Dr. Mamoru Mohri explGuest: Mr. Han Qi de (Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, President of the China Association for Science and Technology) ained to Mr. Han the principles of Miraikan and its three characteristics: i) the involvement of Miraikan staff in the production of exhibitions; ii) the creation of settings with a focus on dialogue with Science Communicators as the medium; and iii) the inclusion of laboratories of various fields that enables direct interaction with researchers; and Mr. Han responded with a deep sense of understanding.
Mr. Han expressed an interest in the expertise of each staff member who accompanied him during this tour, including Science Communicators Chiba (molecular and cellular biology/cancer research) and Terada (evolutional developmental biology), as well as high expectations for the teamwork of a group of professionals.

The topics of conversation included the concept of "science" and "technology," and considering the fact that China had developed its own technology in the long history, we discussed how science and technology have developed in China after "science as a methodology to understand the nature" was introduced from Europe, as compared with the situation in Japan.

At the permanent exhibition, Mr. Han experienced A Hands-on Model of the Internet, apparently deepening his understanding of the mechanism of information transmission by comparing the black and white balls to electric signals.
At the Symbol Exhibit Geo-Cosmos, which is a reproduction of the earth at one-two-millionth scale, Mr. Han found it quite surprising that actual data such as "cloud movement in the past 90 days" are shown on Geo-Cosmos. He also asked questions about and took a deep interested in the simulation of the tsunami that struck following the Great East Japan Earthquake last year.

Last fall Miraikan accepted four staff members from the China Science and Technology Museum, a national science museum in Beijing, for people-to-people exchanges. I was also involved as a host friend and experienced the broadening of know-how and perspectives with regard to science communication activities. It is my utmost pleasure that we have been able to maintain a relationship where we can improve ourselves by learning from each other.
As this year marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of relations between Japan and China, Mr. Han showed great eagerness to deepen the friendly relations and trust between the two countries. Future cooperation between Japan and China is becoming a topic of increasing attention.

(Science Communicator: Masami Terada)

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