Agenda Announced for the G7 Science and Technology Ministers' Meeting in Tsukuba, Ibaraki

Minister Shimajiri, presenting the Agenda

At a press conference after Cabinet meeting held on February 19, 2016, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, Ms. Aiko Shimajiri, announced the agenda that will be addressed at the G7 Science and Technology Ministers' Meeting in Tsukuba, Ibaraki. The minister is slated to serve as the chair for the meeting. The Cabinet Office will held the meeting scheduled for May 15 through May 17, 2016, while Minister Shimajiri will lead the meeting as chair. The minister introduced six topics that will be addressed at the upcoming meeting.

1. Global Health
Health Care and Science Technology:Promotion of Active Aging in an Aging Society and Promotion of Research and Development for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), etc.

2. Gender and Human Resource Development for STI
Human Resource Development for Science and Technology Innovation (STI) for the Next Generation:Toward the Expansion of Female Employees’Active Roles and the Human Resources for the Next Generation.

3. Future of the Seas and Oceans
Toward the Protection of the Marine Environment based on Scientific Knowledge and Sustainable Ocean Utilization

4. Clean Energy
Development of Innovative Energy Technology: Promotion of Initiatives for the Development and Introduction of Innovative Technologies with Consideration of 2050

5. Inclusive Innovation
Creation of Socially Inclusive and Sustainable Innovations In Pursuit of Economic Growth Coexisting with a Society without Disparities.

6. Open Science
The Dawn of a New Era of Science:The Dissemination of New Styles of Research and Knowledge Discovery, Sharing, and Utilization.

Ministers attending the meeting will coordinate regarding international cooperative frameworks and details of policy agreements related to each topic. Prior to the G7 Ministers' Meeting, a senior officials' meeting will be held in April to prepare for deliberations and joint statements and to discuss research and development issues, as well as international cooperative frameworks related to each topic.