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Key Stage 21 Co., Ltd. The first book explaining OIST, “Has Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Grad uate University surpassed the University of Tokyo?” will be published on July 15th.

[Key Stage 21 Co., Ltd.] The first book explaining OIST, “Has Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University surpassed the University of Tokyo?” will be published on July 15th.

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Press release: June 29, 2024
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The first book explaining OIST, “Has Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University surpassed the University of Tokyo?” will be published on July 15th.
*The unstoppable depreciation of the yen, the lost 30 years, the declining birthrate, inflation, and the outflow of human
resources…It has been a long time since people have been shouting about the decline in Japan’s national power. Does the essential cause continue from the “success of the Meiji Restoration”? ! A noteworthy book by Takahiro Suzuki, a policy researcher who has a broad view of the past, present, and future. *
Has Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University surpassed the University of Tokyo? – Freeing Japan from the “spell of the Meiji Restoration” and exploring new possibilities – Photograph Key Stage 21 Co., Ltd. will publish “Has Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University surpassed the University of Tokyo? Freeing Japan from the spell of the Meiji Restoration and exploring new possibilities” on July 15th, Marine Day. .
This is a book that I would like to deliver to everyone who feels a sense of crisis in Japan’s current situation and who wants to break out of Japan’s stagnation.

* Nature Index 2019 “Leading academic institutions ranking (normalized version)” OIST* ranked 9th in the world in (normalized))

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is a graduate university located in Onna Village, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture (OIST only offers a 5-year doctoral program). Onna Village is one of Japan’s leading resort areas, located in the center of the Okinawa Peninsula, approximately 50 minutes by car north of Naha Airport.
Some people may be surprised to find a world-class educational institution in such a place. OIST has achieved remarkable research results in the short period of 13 years since its establishment. * Ranked 9th in the world in the Nature Index 2019 “Ranking of High-Quality Research Institutions (Normalized Version)”*
(In the same ranking, the University of Tokyo was ranked 40th and Kyoto University was ranked 60th.) In 2022, concurrent professor Svante Pääbo was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.* OIST provides a highly flexible research environment and advanced management policy that attracts excellent human resources not only from Japan but also from more than 50 overseas countries (more than half of the human resources at OIST are foreigners). ).

* Is Japan’s national power declining? *

If such wonderful educational institutions exist, do you think Japan’s future is still bright? If we look at the current situation in Japan from all kinds of data, we can see that things are not that simple.

First of all, many people are aware of the fact that Japan’s GDP (gross domestic product), which has maintained the second place in the world since 1968, has fallen to fourth place as of 2024. In terms of GDP per capita, it was second in the world in 2000, but has fallen to 24th in 2020.

It’s not just economic indicators that are declining. Looking at R&D expenses, although Japan maintains a high level, compared to South Korea and China, which are increasing their R&D expenses as their economies expand, Japan’s R&D capabilities are superior. It can be said that it is being lost.
Has Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University surpassed the University of Tokyo? – Freeing Japan from the “spell of the Meiji Restoration” and exploring new possibilities – From pages 36 and 37 Data on trends in major countries

In addition, looking from various perspectives such as the world market capitalization ranking of companies in each country, the comparison of the number of unicorn companies in each country, and the number of R&D human resources, it is found that “Over the past 30 years (particularly since around 2000) We can see that it has lost much of its power and appeal in many aspects of business, innovation, research, etc.” (From Chapter 1 of this book)

*The key to restarting a stagnant Japan*

Since the Meiji Restoration, Japan has ridden the wave of
modernization and rushed forward as a developed country. However, a huge wave of internationalization is currently occurring that cannot be overcome simply by following the traditional methods.
Even in Japan, a country that never changes, there are places where new experiments are being carried out and new possibilities are being created. That is OIST.

While staying and conducting interviews as a visiting researcher, the author focuses on the innovativeness, creativity, and innovativeness that can be called the “Magic of OIST.” At first glance, OIST’s staffing, budget allocation, and even the school’s buildings may seem chaotic and chaotic. However, it is not just chaos, but only when you look at it from a comprehensive perspective that you realize that it is creating new value. You can see that OIST is a “testing ground for building an international environment and way of doing things” that go beyond the traditional Japanese framework and even Western methods. (From Chapter 3 of this book)

OIST has been attracting more and more attention every year, and has recently been featured on a variety show, drawing a lot of interest not only from the research industry but also from the general public. If you want to quickly grasp the trends of Japan’s restart, I highly recommend reading this book.

■Table of contents
Chapter 1 Current situation in Japan: Its national strength and innovation potential
(1) Declining power of Japan and Japanese companies
(2) Japan’s research and development capabilities
(3) Universities as intellectual sources
Chapter 2 University of Tokyo Engine of development in Japan’s modernization (1) Japanese modernization and the Meiji Restoration
(2) The University of Tokyo’s role in modernization
(3) The position of Japanese universities and the University of Tokyo in the international community
Chapter 3 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) Engine for restarting Japan in the 21st century (1) The beginning
(2) Overview About the organization and history of establishment (3) Organizational management is a “comprehensive art”
(4) About research activities
(5) When viewed as a comprehensive art…the stage, set, props, and props (6) Role as a “Special Zone” and “Dejima”…its meaning and uniqueness (7) Problems and challenges…as hints for further development Chapter 4 Comparison and lessons learned between Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and the University of Tokyo
Chapter 5: Recommendations for creating new possibilities for Japan (1) The way of thinking you should have and the direction you should take (2) Recommendations to the Japanese government and society

■Author profile
Born in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture. Graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo. A policy researcher who specializes in public policy in various fields.
He was involved in the establishment and management of the Tokyo Foundation (currently the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research), the Osaka University FRC, Think Tank 2005 Japan (a party think tank of the Liberal Democratic Party), and the TEPCO Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident Investigation Committee Secretariat. He has served as a specially appointed professor and deputy director of Osaka
University’s FRC, a visiting professor at Chuo University’s Graduate School of Public Policy, and a general policy advisor to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (minister). Currently, he is a visiting researcher at Waseda University, an advisor to the Institute for Policy Studies (EBP), and an author for Yahoo! News. His major publications include “Starting a Democracy in Japan,” “Citizen Literacy,” and “Policy.”
Analysis in Japan” etc.

■Book information
Has Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University surpassed the University of Tokyo? Freeing Japan from the “shackles of the Meiji Restoration” and exploring new possibilities.
ISBN: 978-4-904933-21-3
List price 1,360 yen + tax
Release date: July 15, 2024
Author: Takahiro Suzuki (Author/Text)

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