Science View / Overview
On this program, you will encounter leading-edge researchers and their work... including world-renowned researchers who will join us in the studio. It's the perfect way to keep tabs on what's happening across a broad range of science and technology fields in Japan!
The program is hosted by a rotating lineup of "Science Watchers" along with Science Navigator Rena Yamada.
Science Watchers are primarily university professors with expertise ranging from cultural anthropology to neuroscience. Each will appear on two broadcasts, bringing the perspective of their various fields to timely topics. You won't want to miss our Science Watchers' enlightening explanations of emerging developments in science and technology!
The Science News Watch segment highlights a story that has caught the interest of the week's Science Watcher. This is followed by the presentation of the day's main topic, a feature called The Leading Edge.
Science View will also cover Japanese manufacturing innovation. Michelle Yamamoto reports each week on one Takumi - a modern-day master of manufacturing innovation - on the J-Innovators segment.
Beginning on January 8th, a 28-minute program will be broadcast each Sunday at 9:10 am JST, and rebroadcast every four hours for the rest of the day for a total of six broadcasts.
Professor Koichi Kitazawa, University of Tokyo
A professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, Dr. Kitazawa's specialty is high-temperature superconductivity, and he was a leading figure in the high-temperature superconductivity research boom that flared up in the late eighties. Until last year, he was Executive Director of the Japan Science and Technology Agency, which allocates governmental research funds to a diverse range of fields.
Professor Eiji Mizushima, the University of Tsukuba
Mizushima's field is museum studies and conservation of cultural artifacts. He has designed many museums and special exhibitions. He recently carried out a survey of various UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the historic district of Istanbul, Turkey. Mizushima serves as Science Watcher for the seventh and eighth episodes of Science View.
Professor John Gathright, Chubu University
Born in the United States, he has been a resident of Japan for more than 25 years. He introduced the sport of tree climbing to Japan and received his doctorate based on his research in tree climbing therapy. He teaches pedagogy at Chubu University. Gathright serves as Science Watcher for the fifth and sixth episodes of Science View.
Associate Professor Katsuyuki Sakai, University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine
A neurosurgeon and brain scientist, Sakai's particular field of interest is the neuroscience of cognition and language. He developed a technique for analyzing signalling within the brain and uses it to study the formative mechanism of thought and behavior control in humans. Sakai serves as Science Watcher for the third and fourth episodes of Science View.
Rena Yamada is a freelance broadcaster with wide-ranging expertise: she is a certified meteorologist, disaster prevention instructor and scuba diver, among other accomplishments. Yamada often hosts events and appears on TV programs. Her interests include robots and disaster prevention. As a hobby, she runs the triathlon.
Michelle Nozomi Yamamoto
Michelle Nozomi Yamamoto is a freelance broadcaster. She often appears in English news programming on NHK WORLD. A former NHK journalist, she has covered many world events including international climate change conferences. She is fluent in French and German as well as English and Japanese.