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Celebrating RIKEN’s 100th birthday with international research partners

May 11, 2017

On April 26, more than 600 guests, including Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, celebrated RIKEN’s centennial at a ceremony held at the Tokyo International Forum in downtown Tokyo, Japan. RIKEN Singapore Office’s Director Tsuzawa and Deputy Director Ohata attended the ceremony. There were invited guests from around of the world, including VIPs of South East Asia’s leading research institutes and universities.

(right) Chairman Mr. Lim, A*STAR, Singapore                        (center) Deputy President Prof. Lam, NTU, Singapore

 (left) Deputy Vice Chancellor                                                (left) Prof. Sudesh, School of Biologocal Sciences,         Prof. Rohana,University of Malaya,Malaysia                           Universiti Sains Malaysia,Malaysia

 

>> RIKEN’s News on April 27, 2017 ->Celebrating RIKEN’s hundredth birthday  

Students from Seifu Nankai High School visited RIKEN Office

March 21, 2017

A group of students and teachers from Seifu Nankai Senior High School in Osaka, Japan visited RIKEN Office for their Overseas Fieldwork. RIKEN S’pore RO Director Tsuzawa lectured about RIKEN and Singapore’s Scientific R&D landscape.

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Joint Press Release

March 9, 2017

RIKEN and NTU Singapore collaborate in human biology research to develop innovative healthcare solutions

>> To read the entire press release, please click here(PDF file) .

RIKEN Researchers’ visit to RIKEN Office

March 3, 2017

Dr. Masayo TAKAHASHI, Project Leader, Laboratory for Retinal Regeneration, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, whose work led the world first clinical trial to use induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells in humans visited RIKEN Singapore with other researchers after their attendance at symposium in Singapore.

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USM-RIKEN Centre of Ageing Science (URICAS) Symposium 2017

February 27-28, 2017

URICAS Symposium 2017 was held at Universiti Sains Malaysia(USM), Penang, Malaysia. USM-RIKEN Centre of Ageing Science (URICAS) was established at USM in February 2015 as a joint laboratory of USM and RIKEN to use the fruits of their collaborations since 1993 to solve the problems facing humanity as well as to strengthen joint research and personnel exchanges. At this symposium, 23 researchers from RIKEN and USM presented their research works, and USM students also participated by briefing and poster presentations of their projects.

  One of Symposium presentations                 USM young researchers

For more information, please read following news releases :

>> From USM News Portal post (Link to USM website)

February 27,2017 “URICAS SYMPOSIUM 2017 STRENGTHENS BILATERAL COOPERATION”

>> More news about RIKEN & USM collaborations in the past (Link to RIKEN HQ website)

June 24, 2016 Where do rubber trees get their rubber? Decoding the rubber tree genome

February 25, 2016 Delegation from USM visits RIKEN

February 20, 2015 Collaborative agreement between RIKEN and Universiti Sains Malaysia

January 15, 2014 RIKEN and Universti Sains Malaysia: a fruitful partnership

September 26, 2011 Opening of USM-RIKEN Joint Laboratory for Bioprobe Discovery

Students from Ochanomizu University visited RIKEN Office

February 23, 2017

A group of 35 students and teachers from Ochanomizu University visited JST and RIKEN Singapore during their Singapore Science Program. Our Director Tsuzawa and Deputy Director Ohata lectured about Singapore Office and RIKEN’s R&D activities.

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Ambassador’s visit to RIKEN Office

January 31, 2017

Mr. Kenji Shinoda, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore, accompanied by the Embassy officials visited RIKEN Office. They were welcomed by RIKEN and other Japanese research institutes’ representatives, and received presentations about their activities at Biopolis, followed by research facility visits.

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 (third from left) Ambassador of Japan to Singapore Mr.Shinoda

Students from Omiya Kita High School visited RIKEN Office

October 4, 2016 

  A group of year 11 students from Omiya Kita High School in Saitama Prefecture, Japan visited RIKEN Office for their overseas school trip in Singapore. RIKEN S’pore RO Director Tsuzawa lectured about Singapore and Singapore’s Scientific R&D landscape.

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Students from The University of Tokyo visited RIKEN Office

August 31, 2016

A group of students from The University of Tokyo visited RIKEN Office during their Overseas Experience Program in Singapore. RIKEN S’pore RO Director Tsuzawa lectured about Singapore and RIKEN’s R&D activities.

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RIKEN joined the inaugural one-north Festival

August 5-6, 2016

The one-north Festival, jointly organised by Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and JTC, is a celebration of research, innovation, creativity, and enterprise. The inaugural festival was open to the public on 5 and 6 August at Fusionopolis One @ one-north, Singapore. The Singapore offices of RIKEN and Japan Science and Technology Agency(JST), as tenants of Biopolis and members of one-north community, set up a joint exhibition booth at the festival and introduced our research activities and programs. 2016 marks 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50). Our booth exhibition was officially approved as a program in line with SJ50 projects.


RIKEN Executive Director Dr. Arinobu’s visit

June 13, 2016

RIKEN Executive Director Dr. Mutsuhiro Arinobu and Mr. Satoshi Kohara, Executive Director of The Business-University Forum of Japan, visited Singapore Office and had a meeting with Director Tsuzawa.

 (from left) Mr.Tsuzawa, Dr. Arinobu, Mr. Kohara

RIKEN President’s Prof. Matsumoto’s visit to Singapore

June 10,2016

RIKEN President Prof. Hiroshi Matsumoto visited Singapore. He had courtesy visits to local research related institutes and meeting with local scientists.

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Above left photo:  NUS President Prof. Tan Chorh Chuan and Prof Matsumoto

Above right photo:  At RIKEN Singapore  Office

Meeting with NSTDA President in Thailand

June 9, 2016

RIKEN President Prof. Hiroshi Matsumoto , accompanied by Director Tsuzawa, had a meeting with National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) President Dr. Thaweesak Koanantakool in Bangkok.

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 (from left) Mr. Tsuzawa, Prof Matsumoto, Dr. Thaweesak Koanantakool, and Prof. Sirirurg Songsivilai, Executive Director of National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC)

Director Tsuzawa’s lecture at NUS, Singapore

March 5, 2016

RIKEN Singapore Office Director Tsuzawa lectured on Japan’s Abenomics, Science, Technology and innovation policy as well as RIKEN’s R&D activities at National University of Singapore(NUS). This is his third lecture at NUS.

 

The 12th RIKEN Alumni Singapore meeting

March 3, 2016

The 12th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting was held on 25 February 2015 .

The 11th RIKEN Alumni Singapore meeting

August 3, 2015

The 11th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting was held on 3 August 2015 .

RIKEN-A*STAR Joint Symposium 2015

August 3, 2015

RIKEN held a joint symposium with The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), to commemorate 10 years’ anniversary of science and technology partnership between RIKEN and A*STAR at Sentosa Resort World Convention Centre Singapore on August 3, 2015 .

The theme of this symposium was “Material science toward next 50 years”.

>> RIKEN’s press release on August 7, 2015 ->Celebrating a decade of collaboration between Japan and Singapore

Director Tsuzawa’s lecture for delegations from Okinawa

July 23, 2015

RIKEN Singapore Director Tsuzawa was invited to be one of speakers at a seminar for delegations from Okinawa, Japan. The seminar was held at Biopolis in Singapore and organized by Okinawa Prefectural Government, who is keen to learn about Biopolis and find business opportunities in Singapore for Okinawa’s biomedical related companies.

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Director Tsuzawa was invited to a meeting with Ambassador of Japan to Singapore

May 15, 2015

RIKEN Singapore Director Tsuzawa was invited to a meeting hosted by His Excellency, Mr. Haruhisa Takeuchi, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore. Mr. Tsuzawa and other guests, who are working at Singapore’s scientific and technological R&D institutes, exchanged views and discussed about R&D environment in Japan and Singapore with Mr. Takeuchi.

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Delegation from Thailand NANOTEC visited RIKEN’s research facilities in Japan

January26-27,2015

Research team from Thailand’s National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC) led by Prof. Sirirurg Songsivilai, Executive Director of NANOTEC made a two day visit to RIKEN . They visited RIKEN SPring-8 Centre in Harima, Hyogo prefecture on January 26, 2015 as well as RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) in Kobe on January 27, 2015. Mr. Tsuzawa, Director of RIKEN Singapore guided their trip to RIKEN. RIKEN and NSTDA ( NANOTEC is a research agency operating under NSTDA) concluded MOU in 2011.

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**Photos** (Left) From left: Prof. Sirirurg Songsivilai, Executive Director of NANOTEC and Dr. Tetsuya Ishikawa, Director of RIKEN SPring-8 Center. (Right) NANOTEC Delegation in front of K Computer, the world’s leading super computer and simulator

10th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting

December 17, 2014

The 10th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting was held at RIKEN Singapore Representative Office meeting room. It has been almost 2 years since our last alumni meeting.
We discussed and exchanged ideas about RIKEN’s recent international research activities and further collaboration opportunities as well as personal and work updates among members. This meeting was hosted by Dr. Kenji OEDA, RIKEN Executive Director in charge of international relations, and organized by RIKEN Singapore Representative Office.

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Director Tsuzawa’s lecture at NUS, Singapore

October 18, 2014

RIKEN Singapore Office Director Tsuzawa lectured on Japan’s Abenomics, Science, Technology and innovation policy as well as RIKEN’s R&D activities at National University of Singapore.

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Visitors from the association of secretaries for members of the House of Representatives, Japan

September 26, 2014

Delegation from the association of secretaries for members of the House of Representatives, Japan visited RIKEN Singapore Office. Director Tsuzawa lectured about Singapore and RIKEN’s R&D activities.

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Students from Waseda University visited RIKEN Office

September 9, 2014 

  A group of students and teachers from Waseda University visited RIKEN Office. RIKEN S’pore RO Director Tsuzawa lectured about Singapore and RIKEN’s R&D activities.

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Appointment of New Director of RIKEN Singapore RO

July 1, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Genichi TSUZAWA has been appointed as new Director of RIKEN Singapore RO with effect from July 1, 2014. Mr. Kenichiro KAKIHARA, who has been Director of RIKEN Singapore RO since April 2006, is leaving for Japan to assume a new assignment at RIKEN Global Relations and Research Coordination Office.

Singapore-Japan Joint Forum in Singapore

November 15-16, 2011   “Singapore-Japan Joint Forum on Emerging Concepts in Microbiology ” was held at CRC Auditorium, MD11, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS.

RIKEN extended MOU with A*STAR

March 31, 2014

RIKEN and Singapore’s A*STAR (the Agency for Science, Technology and Research) agreed Extension of Memorandum of Understanding on General Collaboration (MOU), which first concluded in September 2005, and extended it in 2008 and 2011.

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**Past Activities**

February 25, 2016 12th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting at Biopolis

The 12th Alumni Singapore Meeting was held at Biopolis. This meeting was hosted by Mr. Shigeharu KATO, RIKEN Executive Director in charge of policy planning, and organized by RIKEN Singapore Representative Office.

August 3, 2015 11th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting at RWS Singapore

The 11th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting was held at RWS Singapore on August 3, 2015.This meeting was hosted by Dr. Yoichiro MATASUMOTO, RIKEN Executive Director in charge of overall management, and organized by RIKEN Singapore Representative Office.We invited RIKEN scientists who were speakers at A*STAR – RIKEN Joint Symposium 2015 held on the same day. We discussed and exchanged ideas about RIKEN’s recent international research activities and further collaboration opportunities as well as personal and work updates among members.

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December 17, 2014 10th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting at RIKEN Singapore Office

The 10th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting was held at RIKEN Singapore Representative Office meeting room. This meeting was hosted by Dr. Kenji OEDA, RIKEN Executive Director in charge of international relations, and organized by RIKEN Singapore Representative Office.

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January 25,2013 9th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting at Biopolis

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September 19,2011 8th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting at Biopolis

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March 5,2010 7th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting at RIKEN Singapore Office

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May 19,2009 6th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting at Biopolis.

November 28, 2008 5th RIKEN Alumni Singapore meeting @RIKEN Singapore Office

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July 17, 2008 4th RIKEN Alumni Singapore meeting at RIKEN Singapore Office

4th RIKEN  Alumni Meeting (2008.7.17)

January 11, 2008 3rd RIKEN Alumni Singapore meeting at RIKEN Singapore Office

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May 16, 2007 2nd RIKEN Alumni Singapore meeting at BiopolisRIKEN Alumni Singapore (2007.5.16)

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About us

About RIKEN Singapore Representative Office

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Mr.Genichi TSUZAWA,
Director of RIKEN
Singapore RO

RIKEN Singapore Representative Office was officially opened on 24 April 2006 as RIKEN’s first overseas representative office. We are located at Biopolis, biomedical science research and development hub in Singapore.

In September 2005, RIKEN and Singapore’s A*STAR (the Agency for Science, Technology and Research) concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on General Collaboration (MOU). Under this MOU, RIKEN and A*STAR intend to collaborate on scientific research, through their various institutes, in science and engineering research as well as life sciences and biotechnology, with a view to making large contributions to these fields and to international society. In order to facilitate collaborative activities under this MOU, RIKEN has set up its first international liaison office in Singapore.
Since then, RIKEN also concluded MOU with NTU(Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) in September 2011, and with NUS(National University of Singapore) in January 2012 respectively.

Today, RIKEN Singapore Representative Office expands its activities to promote scientific research exchange and collaborations not only within Singapore but also with other institutes and universities in the Southeast Asian countries.

»To read more about RIKEN (Link to RIKEN HQ Website)


RIKEN joined BIOPOLIS 10th Anniversary celebration

October 18, 2013  BIOPOLIS, Asia’s Biomedical Sciences R&D hub celebrated 10th anniversary. RIKEN Singapore RO was invited and joined the celebration event as a member of BIOPOLIS community.More than 30 booths from various research institutes and Biopolis tenants exhibited their research activities  at Biopolis open house .

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RIKEN Singapore RO Director Kakihara talks to one of visitors at RIKEN’s booth.

RIKEN and leading Indian institutions launch Joint Research Centers

September 14-16, 2013  RIKEN President, Professor NOYORI Ryoji signed the documents that formally launched the RIKEN-NCBS(National Center for Biological Sciences ) Joint Research Center; and the RIKEN-JNCASR(Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research)-IISc(Indian Institute of Science) Joint Research Center.The two centers will facilitate scientific exchange and foster collaborations between Japan and India, in the fields of biology, life science and materials science.RIKEN Singapore RO Director Kakihara attended the MOU signing ceremonies held in Delhi and Bangalore, India.

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(Photo)Prof. M.R.S Rao, Dr. C.N.R. Rao and President NOYORI, after the lecture in Bangalore

->RIKEN Press Release

Students from Waseda University visited RIKEN Office

September 9, 2013   A group of students and teachers from Waseda University visited RIKEN Office. Director Kakihara lectured about Singapore and RIKEN’s R&D activity.

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Visitors from Cabinet Office,Japan

July 18, 2013 Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Senior Vice-Minister of Cabinet Office, Government of Japan and other staff visited RIKEN Office during their official visit to Singapore. RIKEN Singapore Director Kakihara was invited to the lunch meeting with other Japanese scientists working in Singapore.

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Delegation from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) visited RIKEN HQ

March 18,2013  Prof. Bertil ANDERSSON, President of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), Prof. Stephen SMITH, Vice President (Research), NTU and Prof. Michael KHOR, Director, Research Support Office, NTU visited RIKEN Yokohama Institute and Headquarters. RIKEN Singapore Representative Office Director Kakihara accompanied them.

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(Photo) NTU President Prof.Andersson (fourth from left), RIKEN President Prof.Noyori (next to Prof. Andersson) and Singapore Office Director Kakihara ( far right) at RIKEN HQ.

Students from Kagoshima University visited RIKEN Office

March 8,2013 A group of students and teachers from Kagoshima University visited RIKEN Office. Director Kakihara lectured about Singapore and RIKEN’s activity.

9th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting

January 25,2013 9th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting at Biopolis
Guests of Honor of this meeting was Dr. Kenji OEDA, RIKEN Executive Director (International relations) .Other guests from RIKEN were Ms. Jessie XU and RIKEN Global Relations Office and RIKEN’s young researchers participated in the first Global Young Scientist Summit (GYSS) held in Singapore.

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Students from Waseda University visited RIKEN Office

♦August 28, 2012 A group of students and teachers from Waseda University visited RIKEN Office. Director Kakihara lectured about Singapore and RIKEN’s activity.

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Visitor from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to RIKEN

February 7-8,2012 Prof Michael KHOR, Director, Research Support Office, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, visited  RIKEN Headquarters, RIKEN Wako Institute and RIKEN Yokohama Institute (2012.2.7-8), followed by RIKEN Harima Institute, RIKEN Kobe Institute andRIKEN Next-Generation Supercomputer R&D Center (2012.3.13). RIKEN Singapore Representative Office Director Kakihara accompanied Prof. Khor.

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(Photo) NTU Prof. Khor (second from right), RIKEN Singapore RO Mr. Kakihara (left) at RIKEN Next-Generation Supercomputer R&D Center

RIKEN concluded MOU with University Malaya

September 23,2011  RIKEN and University Malaya (UM) had signing ceremony at UM campus. Based on this MOU, UM and RIKEN will collaborate in research in the fields of chemistry and material science and students and staff exchanges.

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Signing ceremony at University Malaya

RIKEN concluded MOU with Universiti Sains Malaysia

September 22, 2011   the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute (ASI) and the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) held an event to commemorate the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between RIKEN and the USM together with the opening of the USM-RIKEN Joint Laboratory for Bioprobe Discovery at the Institute of Research in Molecular Medicine, USM. 

-> For more about RIKEN President’s visits Malaysia and Singapore ,please visit RIKEN website at http://www.riken.go.jp/engn/r-world/topics/110926/index.html 

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Opening event for the joint laboratory

RIKEN concluded MOU with Nanyang Technological University

September 20, 2011 RIKEN and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) signed General Agreement on academic and research corporation and exchanges. The signing ceremony for the agreement took place at NTU campus in Singapore. After the ceremony, Prof Noyori toured NTU School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences laboratories and met its students. 

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(Left) NTU President Prof. Andersson
(Right)RIKEN President Prof. Noyori

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Prof. Noyori and NTU students

8th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting

September 19, 2011 8th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting was held at Biopolis.
Guests of Honor of this meeting were Professor Noyori, RIKEN President, and Mrs. Noyori.

Students from Waseda University visited RIKEN Office

September 15, 2011 A group of students and teachers from Waseda University visited RIKEN Office. Director Kakihara lectured about Singapore and RIKEN’s activity.

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Director Kakihara visited RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science(AICS) and RIKEN Harima Institute, Japan

September 1-2, 2011 RIKEN Singapore Director Kakihara visited RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science(AICS),Kobe, Japan,the home of the world fastest supercomputer ” K computer “, and RIKEN Harima Institute, Harima, Japan.

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Director Kakihara attended Opening ceremony of RIKEN Beijing Representative Office

June 24, 2011 RIKEN Singapore Director Kakihara attended opening ceremony of RIKEN Beijing Representative Office, RIKEN’s second overseas office, in Beijing, China.->RIKEN strengthens ties with China: Beijing Representative Office and new MOU (Link to RIKEN website)

RIKEN extended MOU with A*STAR

March 31, 2011 RIKEN and Singapore’s A*STAR (the Agency for Science, Technology and Research) agreed Extension of Memorandum of Understanding on General Collaboration (MOU), which first concluded in September 2005 and extended it in 2008.

Visitors from Chuo University

March 15, 2011 A group of students from Faculty of Economics, Chuo University, Japan, led by Prof. Taniguchi, visited RIKEN Office. Director Kakihara lectured about Singapore and its R&D policy activities.

Director Kakihara was invited  as a speaker at a seminar organized by Jiji Press Singapore

February 22,2011  RIKEN Singapore Director Kakihara was invited as a speaker at a seminar organized by Jiji Press Singapore held at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. He lectured about RIKEN and Singapore’s science and technology R&D policy for management personnel of Singapore-based Japanese companies.

Director Kakihara was invited a lunch meeting with Japan Minister Kaieda

December 30, 2010   RIKEN Singapore Director Kakihara was invited to a lunch meeting as one of guests organized by Japan’s Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Banri Kaieda who was in official visit to Singapore. The guests, consisted of Japanese academia professionals worked in Singapore’s research institutes, told Minister Kaieda about their experiences in Singapore and suggested Japan-Singapore‘s future collaborations in science R&D.

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Students from Kyoto University visited RIKEN Office

September 21, 2010   A group of students from Faculty of Economics, Kyoto University, Japan, led by Prof. Imakubo, visited RIKEN Office and Biopolis. Director Kakihara lectured about Singapore and its R&D policy activities.

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Students from Waseda University visited RIKEN Office

August 30, 2010  A group of students and teachers from Waseda University visited RIKEN Office. Director Kakihara lectured about Singapore and RIKEN’s activity.

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RIKEN delegation visited Singapore R&D institutes

July 26-27, 2010 Delegation from RIKEN mainly from Yokohama Institute visited and held meetings with National Research Foundation (NRF), A*STAR,NUS and NTU for discussing research collaboration.

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Japan MEXT Vice Minister Nakagawa visited RIKEN Office

May 5, 2010  Senior Vice Minister Masaharu Nakagawa of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT)visited Singapore and organized a meeting with Japanese professionals working in Singapore from both industry and academia to seek their advices on international cooperation and strategy for promoting Japan’s science and technology.This meeting was held at RIKEN Singapore office and Director Kakihara was invited as one of guests.

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Visitors from Japan

2010.3.30 March 30, 2010   Members of SAITAMA Tourism Assembly Member League from Japan visited RIKEN Singapore office. Mr. Kakihara lectured about Singapore’s R&D policy and RIKEN’s activity.

Director Kakihara lectured at Kyoto University, Japan

♦March 11, 2010  RIKEN Singapore Director Mr. Kakihara was invited as a speaker at a symposium organised by Kyoto University Innovative Collaboration Center, Japan.He lectured about Singapore’s Biomedical R&D policy.

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7th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting

March 5, 2010   7th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting at RIKEN Singapore Office.

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Visitor from Japan Creative Centre, Singapore

January 28, 2010Mr.Hiroyuki Yamamoto,Director,Japan Creative Centre visited Biopolis and RIKEN Office(center in the photo).

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Tour and Lectures for The Japanese School, Singapore Changi Campus PTA

January 26,2010   The Japanese School, Singapore Changi Campus PTA members visited Biopolis. RIKEN Singapore Office Director Mr. Kakihara as one of lecturers made presentations about introduction of RIKEN as well as Biopolis & Fusionopolis.

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Meeting with JST President

September 18, 2009 Japan Science and Technology Agency(JST) President Dr. Koichi Kitagawa visited Biopolis to attend JST Singapore Office’s opening ceremony.RIKEN Singapore Director Kakihara had a meeting with Dr. Kitagawa and attended the ceremony.

Students from Tokyo Institute of Technology visited RIKEN Office

September 7, 2009Prof. Yoshiaki Ito, Deputy Director, Cancer Science Institute of Singapore, NUS, Prof. Tanabe and students from Tokyo Institute of Technology Study Group visited RIKEN Singapore Office.

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Students from Tokyo Institute of Technology visited RIKEN Office

August 25, 2009Lecturer,staff and students from Waseda University, Japan, visited RIKEN Singapore Office and had a lecture from Director Kakihara on RIKEN and Singapore’s R&D activity.

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Students from Malaysia Multimedia University visited RIKEN Office

August 3, 2009 An undergraduate-based research work MESCORP 2008/2010 (Multimedia University Engineering Society Overseas Research Program) team, which is initiated by Multimedia University’s engineering students, visited RIKEN Singapore Office and interviewed Director Kakihara for their research work during their stay in Singapore.

RIKEN scientists invited as speakers at Symposium held at Biopolis

June 18, 2009   RIKEN Research Center for Allergy and Immunology (RCAI) , Laboratory for Cell Signaling Group Director Dr. Takashi SAITO and Laboratory for Lymphocyte Differentiation, Group Director Dr. Tomohiro KUROSAKI was invited as a speaker at SIgN-IFReC Joint Symposium held at Biopolis, Singapore.

6th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting

May 19, 2009 6th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting was held at Biopolis.

RIKEN-NUS-NTU Joint Seminar held in Singapore

May 20,2009 RIKEN-National University of Singapore(NUS)-Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Joint Seminar: Frontier of Chemical and Material Sciences was held at NTU,Singapore.

RIKEN-A*STAR Joint Symposium 2009

May 18-19, 2009 RIKEN-A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research)Joint Symposium 2009 was held at Biopolis,Singapore. RIKEN Advance Science Institute(ASI) and the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) of A*STAR co-organized a 2 day joint symposium.

The sessions included;

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->Report on RIKEN-A*STAR Joint Symposium 2009 : RIKEN Research English journal 17 July 2009

RIKEN and USM signed MOU

November 30, 2008   RIKEN and University of Science,Malaysia(Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

5th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting

November 28, 2008   5th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting was held at RIKEN Singapore office.

Visitors from RIKEN

November 5,2008  RIKEN Advance Science Institute(ASI) Deputy Director Prof Yoshihito OSADA, Computational Astrophysics Laboratory Dr.Toshiaki IITAKAand former RIKEN Computational Science Div. scientist and Tohoku University(Japan) Prof Fabio PICHIERRI participated in AsiaNANO 2008(2008.11.3-7) held at Biopolis and visited RIKEN Singapore.

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Opening Ceremony of Fusionopolis, Singapore’s second major R&D hub

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Fusionopolis (phase 1)
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October 17, 2008   RIKEN Singapore Director Kakihara attended Opening Ceremony of Fusionopolis,Singapore’s second major R&D hub in 5 years after Biopolis.

Director Kakihara lectured at Nagasaki University, Japan

October 10, 2008   RIKEN Singapore Director Kakihara was invited to be a speaker of “The 3rd Nagasaki Symposium on Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases & the 9th Nagasaki-Singapore Medical Symposiums ” organized by Institute of Tropical Medicine-Nagasaki University in Nagasaki city, Japan.

RIKEN GRO Director visited Singapore NUS and NTU

2008.9.19 RIKEN’s Global Relations Office (GRO) Director Yutani visited the Agency for Science, Technology and Research(A*STAR), National University of Singapore (NUS)and Nanyang Technological University(NTU) to discuss collaboration between RIKEN and the institutes.

NUS Professors visited RIKEN Kobe and Yokohama Institutes

September 3-4, 2008   The NUS Cancer Research Centre of Excellence’s Director Professor Daniel G. Tenen and Deputy Director Professor Yoshiaki Ito visited RIKEN Kobe Institute and RIKEN Yokohama Institute.

RIKEN Researchers invited as speakers at  Symposium held at NUS

July 28, 2008   The 3rd Medicinal Chemistry Symposium on “Trends in Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology” was held at National University of Singapore (NUS).
It was attended by over 80 participants from 6 institutions. 2 of invited speakers ware Chemical Biology Research Group Leader Dr Hiroyuki Osada and Chemical Genetics Laboratory chief Scientist Dr Minoru Yoshida from RIKEN Advanced Science Institute (ASI).

RIKEN delegation visited USM

July 25, 2008 RIKEN Singapore Director Kakihara, Scientists from RIKEN Advanced Science Research Institute (ASI)and Officers from RIKEN’s Global Relation Office (GRO) visited University of Science, Malaysia(Universiti Sains Malaysia, USM)to discuss collaboration between RIKEN and USM.

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4th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting

July 17, 2008 4th RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting was held at RIKEN Singapore Office.

RIKEN delegation visited A*STAR

July 16-17, 2008 Delegates of Scientists from RIKEN Advanced Science Institute(ASI) visited Institutes and Laboratories of A*STAR Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) .

A*STAR Chairman visited RIKEN, Japan

May 12, 2008 Singapore A*STAR Chairman Mr. LIM Chuan Poh and A*STAR Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) Executive Director Prof. CHONG Tow Chong visited RIKEN Advanced Science Institute(ASI), Wako, Japan.

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Front row from left to right : RIKEN Executive Director Dr. Doi, RIKEN President Dr. Noyori,
A*STAR Chairman Mr. Lim and A*STAR SERC Executive Director Prof. Chong

Director Kakihara was invited as a panelist at BioTherapeutics Asia 2008

April 15, 2008  Mr. Kakihara, Director of RIKEN Singapore Representative Office, was a panelist to discuss on “How Asian nonprofits organizations can help your company innovate and accelerate biotherapeutics development.” chaired by Dr Andre Wan, Deputy Executive Director, ASTAR, at BioTherapeutics Asia 2008 (14th-17th April) held at Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore.

RIKEN extended MOU with A*STAR

March 31, 2008 RIKEN and Singapore’s A*STAR (the Agency for Science, Technology and Research) agreed Extension of Memorandum of Understanding on General Collaboration (MOU), which first concluded in September 2005. Under this MOU, RIKEN and A*STAR intend to collaborate on scientific research, through their various institutes, in science and engineering research as well as life sciences and biotechnology, with a view to making large contributions to these fields and to international society.

RIKEN President was invited as a guest speaker and panelist for Molecular Frontiers Symposium/Forum 2008

January 10, 2008  Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (2001), RIKEN President Professor Ryoji Noyori was at Biopolis in Singapore to be a guest speaker and panelist for Molecular Frontiers Symposium/Forum 2008.

RIKEN CDB Co-hosted a meeting with NUS

November 24-28, 2007  The fourth ARBS meeting on Reproductive Biotechnology, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine was held in Singapore on November 24-26, 2007, followed by a two-day post-conference scientific excursion. The meeting was co-hosted by the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (Kobe, Japan) and the National University of Singapore (NUS).

RIKEN joined National Science and Technology Fair 2007 in Bangkok

August 8-19, 2007 RIKEN was invited to join National Science and Technology Fair 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand.The fair’s main theme was “Sustainable Energy”.RIKEN’s booth featured physiological active substances derived from Nomura’s jellyfish, bioenergy resource research using analysis of termite ecosystems, biobased polymer research of bacteria and plants, and plant bleeding using baryon beam.

Photo at RIKEN’s booth: Dr.Pinsurang (She studied at RIKEN) and her students from Kasetsart University,Bangkok. They helped RIKEN as translators. Mr.Kakihara, Director of RIKEN Singapore (center)

RIKEN Honorary Fellow to Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad

July 30, 2007   Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, has been selected to be the second RIKEN Honorary Fellow. The fellowship program aims to motivate RIKEN’s researchers and to improve its international character. The ceremony was held at RIKEN, Japan (photo).

In the ceremony: (Right) Prof. Noyori, President of RIKEN, (Left) Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia

RIKEN and NTU  held joint Workshop

May18-19, 2007 RIKEN – School of Biological Sciences (SBS) of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Joint Workshop
“From Genomics Toward Genomic Medicine” was held at NTU campus, Singapore.

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2nd RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting

May16, 2007   2nd RIKEN Alumni Singapore Meeting at the networking dinner at Biopolis,Singapore.

RIKEN and A*STAR held joint Symposium

May16, 2007 RIKEN – A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research)Joint Symposium on Immunology & Developmental Biology was held at Biopolis,Singapore.

-> Related news from RIKEN Research

From left to right: A*STAR Chairman Mr. Lim Chuan Poh, RIKEN Executive Director Dr. Kenji Takeda, RIKEN Research Center for Allergy and Immunology Director Dr. Masaru Taniguchi

A*STAR-Noyori Forum Joint Symposium

May 14-15, 2007   A*STAR-Noyori Forum Joint Symposium on Organic Chemistry was held at Biopolis, Singapore.

RIKEN President Prof. Noyori(3rd from right), A*STAR Chairman Mr. Lim Chuan Poh(3rd from left)

RIKEN President Prof. Noyori at RIKEN Singapore Office

RIKEN and NUH launched a feasibility study

May 8, 2007 Press Conference in Singapore: RIKEN’s Genome Exploration Research Group of Genome Science Centre (GSC) (currently Omics Science Center), Director Dr. Yoshihide HAYASHIZAKI, in collaboration with National University of Singapore (NUS) and National University Hospital,Singapore (NUH) has launched a feasibility study on the clinical application of SMAP for point-of-care diagnosis of drug efficacy.

RIKEN and India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) entered into a MOU

December 12-15, 2006   RIKEN and the Government of India agree to Promote Collaboration in Science and Technology. Prime Ministers Singh and Abe issue a joint statement emphasizing cooperation between RIKEN and the Department of Science and Technology
->RIKEN Press Release

RIKEN Scientists lectured at Biopolis

July 27, 2006   Lecture @ Biopolis: Dr. Makoto Taiji , Team Leader of RIKEN Genomic Sciences Center (GSC) (currently Group Director of Computational Systems Biology Research Group, RIKEN Advanced Science Institute) gave a talk on Molecular dynamics Simulations of Proteins with a Petaflops Special-Purpose Computer.

2006.7.24 Lecture @ Biopolis: Dr. Mariko Hatakeyama, Team Leader of RIKEN Genomic Sciences Center (GSC) ( currently Team Leader of Cellular Systems Modelling Team, RIKEN Advanced Science Institute) gave a talk on Model-based analyses of RTK-signal transduction pathways in breast cancer cells.

RIKEN’s first overseas representative office was opened at Biopolis

April 21, 2006 RIKEN’s first overseas representative office,RIKEN Singapore Representative Office was opened at Biopolis,Sinagpore.

Left to right: Mr. Kakihara, Mr. Yeo(Chairman ofA*STAR), and Dr. Takeda (RIKEN Executive Director ), on the tour of RIKEN Singapore Representative Office.

RIKEN and A*STAR entered into a MOU

May 16, 2005 Memorandum of Understanding on General Collaboration on life sciences and biotechnology between RIKEN and Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore.
-> RIKEN Press Release

(left) Prof. Noyori, President of RIKEN, (right) Mr. Yeo, Chairman of A*STAR

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