November 29, 2012 Guest

Guest : Amb. Philippe Ntahonkuriye (General Director of the Africa, Asia and Oceania Division, Ministry of External Relations and International Cooperation, Republic of Burundi)

National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) welcomed the Gesneral Director of the Africa, Asia and Oceania Division, Ministry of External Relations and International Cooperation, Republic of Burundi, Amb. Philippe Ntahonkuriye. He was first introduced to the museum by Miraikan's Executive Director, Motohide Konaka. Thereafter, he toured the museum's exhibits for about an hour.

As Amb. Ntahonkuriye has had the experience of visiting the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, he seemed to enjoy the experience of riding on the model "Shinkai 6500," asking various questions about how it is operated, and what it can do in the ocean's depths. He also showed an interest in the Yunohana crabs caught from the ocean's depths, and was observed to speculate on what the underwater environment is like.

Amb. Ntahonkuriye was also introduced to various forms of rice variants at the exhibit on genome changes and evolution. He spoke about the situation in Burundi, where the primary industry is agriculture, and touched on overseas cooperative projects with Japan. Furthermore, he expressed his hopes that Japan would bring the fruits of its scientific research and development activities to other countries, and spoke enthusiastically about his hopes and expectations.

Having seen how visiting elementary school students had enjoyed viewing the exhibits at Miraikan, he explained that he had gained an understanding of why Japan had obtained such outstanding achievements in the field of science and technology. Through this dialogue with Amb. Ntahonkuriye, I too hope that there will be an increase in the number of science-loving children in Burundi.

(Science Communicator: Kiyoshi Nishihara)

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