Prime Minister Aso visits RIKEN facility in South Korea

The research at the facility will be useful in developing electronic devices that utilize molecular fluctuation and instability. It is also expected to produce new functional materials and information-processing technologies.

Prime Minister Taro Aso visited South Korea on January 12, visited RIKEN’s Flucto-Order Functions Asian Collaborative Research Team of the Advanced Science Institute (ASI), together with Byong Man Ahn, South Korea’s Minister of Education, Science and Technology and other dignitaries. This Collaborative Research Team is the third overseas base for RIKEN, and was set up inside the new Fusion Technology Center at Hanyang University in Seoul.

The team is conducting research on new information processing devices, such as those exploiting the phenomenon of self-organizing behavior. The research will be useful in developing electronic devices that utilize molecular fluctuation and instability. It is also expected to produce new functional materials and information-processing technologies.

The focus of the prime minister’s visit was on cooperative activities in Asia. Prime Minister Aso and RIKEN President Ryoji Noyori heard about the activities of the Fusion Technology Center from Chong Yang Kim, President of Hanyang University. In addition, Haiwong Lee, a professor at Hanyang University, and Masahiko Hara, the director of the Advanced Science Institute’s Global Collaborative Research Group, took the visitors around the laboratory and explained the research activities taking place there.

President Noyori explained to the prime minister that the collaborative research project is not just a one-sided exchange of researchers coming to Japan from South Korea. He stressed the importance of cooperation in utilizing the complementary strengths of each country in science and technology diplomacy.