March 29, 2013

MEXT issues joint press releases of its projects with universities/research organizations to foster the nation’s knowledge on its diverse range of activities through exceptional projects and research.
A special exhibit arranged in collaboration with Kyushu University, Tama Art University, Tohoku University and Nanzan University is on display at the Museum of MEXT from April 1st. The exhibit highlights joint projects between MEXT and these universities. Press releases for the exhibit have been simultaneously issued at each university.

1.Aim of Joint Press Release between MEXT and Universities/Research Organizations

MEXT aims to carry out world-renowned research in Japan and promote various projects to benefit local communities. This joint exhibit aims to strengthen the nation’s knowledge on MEXT activities by featuring exceptional research and projects by universities/research organizations which aim to benefit people’s lives.

2.Themes

(1)Kyushu University

New Energy Source using Wind Power: Wind Lens showing High-efficiency Power Generation

(2)Tama Art University

Banana Textile Project: Using New Materials and Sustainable Design

(3)Tohoku University

Reconstruction and Revival Projects following the Great East Japan Earthquake

(4) Nanzan University

Nanzan’s Strength in Sciences: Practical Education through Research and Development of Flying Robots

3.Period of Exhibit

1st April, 2013 until the end of July (provisional schedule)

Opening hours: 10 AM – 6 PM

4.Place of Exhibit

Museum of MEXT

Former Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture building
3-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8959

【3F Exhibition Room】

“Science and Technology Exhibit Room” (Kyushu University, Tama Art University, Nanzan University)
“Former Secretary Office Room” (Tohoku University)

http://www.mext.go.jp/en/about/address/index.htm

5.Summary of Exhibits

(1)Kyushu University

Theme: New Energy Source using Wind Power: Wind Lens with High-efficiency Power Generation
The Kyushu University Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Wind Engineering Section research group headed by Professor Yuji Oya is working to create an environmentally clean society through promoting the use of natural energy sources such as wind power. The wind lens is a new type of wind power system which rapidly increases the efficiency of wind power generation by placing a simple diffuser shroud at the circumference of the rotor to concentrate wind energy. This new system enables a dramatic increase in power by almost three-fold compared to conventional turbines. The research group has developed 2 types of wind lenses including a small type (1-3kW) and a mid-size type (100kW). In addition to its high power output, the new turbine is also quiet, safe and naturally blends in with the landscape.
The small-type turbine is on display at the exhibit. There will be demonstrations on the practical application of wind power energy. The panel exhibit outlines the laws and mechanisms of wind lenses and related projects through simple and easy-to-understand explanations.

Main Exhibit

-Objects Exhibited
Small-type Wind Lens Turbine Demonstration Device

-Panel Exhibit
-Introduction to Wind Lens Mechanism and related projects

photo01 of Main Exhibit of Kyushu Universityphoto02 of Main Exhibit of Kyushu University

(2)Tama Art University

Banana Textile Project: Using New Materials and Sustainable Design

Tama Art University’s proposal for a sustainable society aims to develop technologies, designs and products by using various unconventional resources still unused worldwide, particularly focusing on banana plant fibers. This research initially started between professors from various departments at Tama Art University in 2000. Upon extracting fibers from banana plant stems which are usually disposed in massive volumes in tropical regions, Tama Art University has developed a system to produce and design textiles from thread made from the banana plant in various regions in Asia and Africa.
The panel exhibit provides a basic outline of the project along with its results. Products made from banana plant fibers by students are also on display.

Main Exhibit

-Objects Exhibited
-Samples of banana fiber materials (fibers, thread, cloth, paper and so on).
-Student artworks using banana fibers
-Textiles made from banana fibers produced in southern Laos

-Panel Exhibit
-University-Industry joint research project with Suzuki Motor Corporation 

photo01 of Main Exhibit of Tama Art Universityphoto02 of Main Exhibit of Tama Art University

(3)Tohoku University

Theme: Reconstruction and Revival Projects following the Great East Japan Earthquake
In April 2011, Tohoku University established the Tohoku University Disaster Reconstruction and Revival Research Organization to lead the community towards reconstruction and revival from the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Organization aims to strategically and structurally transmit and implement research to educate and contribute to society.
The exhibit features eight research projects carried out by the university, along with one-hundred projects related to rebuilding after the earthquake voluntarily implemented by Tohoku University staff. The exhibit features the characteristics of the Great East Japan Earthquake, along with general research on earthquakes and tsunamis.

Main Exhibit

-Objects Exhibited
-Tsunami generating device (called: tsunami doctor)

-Panel Exhibit
-Mechanism of tsunamis (explanation on differences between tsunamis and high waves, tsunami scales and heights)
-Earthquakes occurring around Japan (explanation on earthquakes and tectonic movements)
-Tohoku Earthquake (explanation on the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami)
-Tohoku University Reconstruction Action (introducing the university’s action plan along with eight relevant projects)

-Video Display
-One project out of the Tohoku University Reconstruction Action program featuring the results of the research by the International Research Institute of Disaster Science through video clips

photo01 of Main Exhibit of Tohoku Universityphoto02 of Main Exhibit of Tohoku University

(4) Nanzan University

Theme: Nanzan’s Strength in Sciences: Practical Education through research development of flying robots
Nanzan University which is located in the Tokai region is a center for many internationally competitive Japanese companies manufacturing transportation machines and machine tools. Today, there is an ever-increasing importance in the development and production management of computer software which controls built-in software machines. Nanzan University’s Department of Science and Engineering is known to be one of the first universities to establish a software engineering department. The university continues to send out people capable of creating, managing and maintaining built-in software.
The exhibit introduces built-in software for flying robots developed by students belonging to various departments and research groups. It features the theory of control technology mainly responsible for controlling flying robots, the creation of built-in software based on the structural methods of software technology, and the research results gathered by flying robots.

Main Exhibit

-Objects Exhibited 
-Flying robot
-Circuits

Panel Exhibit
-Summary of flying robot development
-Research development for hardware of flying robot
-Research development for software controlling flying robot
-Research development for control methods of flying robot

photo01 of Main Exhibit of Nanzan Universityphoto02 of Main Exhibit of Nanzan University

6.Relevant information on the MEXT Museum special exhibit is available on the following site:

Museum of MEXT

Contacts

MEXT, Minister’s Secretariat, Management and Coordination Division, Public Relations Department

(MEXT, Minister’s Secretariat, Management and Coordination Division, Public Relations Department)