A call for closer Québec-Japan scientific collaboration
Minister Arcand with Yasuo Tanaka, Vice Chancellor of Tokai University in Shimizu. Photo: Québec Government Office in Tokyo
Currently on mission to Japan, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie Pierre Arcand stressed the “importance for Québec’s academic institutions and scientific research community to act on existing collaborative R&D opportunities in Japan. Québec has expertise in certain scientific sectors that should be promoted in Japan and also stands to benefit from technological transfers in a number of complementary research sectors.”
The project focuses primarily on surface water and sediment restoration. At Tokai University, Professor Masaharu Fukue has developed an innovative method for treating salt water using filtration to remove suspended particles containing toxins. At Concordia University, Professor Catherine Mullighan plans to develop this technology for Québec’s freshwater ports and lakes.
The project is an example of scientific collaboration between Québec and Japan that could lead to transferring technological knowledge and adapting a technology that is specific to conditions in Québec. Discussions between Mr. Arcand and the Vice Chancellor of Tokai University, Yasuo Tanaka, left no doubt that there is potential for R&D collaboration between Québec and Japan in the environmental sciences. In addition to the water management sector, Québec can provide expertise in several scientific sectors, particularly forest management and biomass.
Mr. Arcand also noted that Japan ranks 6th among countries collaborating with Québec on joint scientific publications. He believes that there is great potential for scientific collaboration and that it should not be overlooked.