On the 18th, a reception to welcome Dr. Arthur Carty, former Science & Technology advisor to the cabinet and his Nanotech team of about 6 people was held at the Embassy of Canada. We all enjoyed a very lively time. His Excellency Ambassador Fried, who was appointed to the Ambassador to Japan last September was also present so I had the honor to talk to him on various topics, such as the "Young Woman Scientists Exchange Program" between Japan and Canada, which I started 5 years ago as President of the Science Council of Japan to commemorate the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. It was a great opportunity to meet old friends and get acquainted with new people.
19th was a dinner at the Embassy of France with Dr. Nathalie KOSCIUSKO-MORIZET, Minister of Forward Planning, Assessment of Public Policies and Development of the Digital Economy. So I was involved in conversation of mixed languages of English and French for two days, but unfortunately, I don’t speak French at all.
Photo1: From right, Minister Kosciusko-Morizet, His Excellency the Ambassador Philippe Faure, myself, Minister of French Embassy Dr Jean-Louis Armand, in charge of science and technology.
Photo2: Minister Kosciusko-Morizet and myself
By the way, the photographer of these photos has a good taste, don’t you think? His blog is great, too.
This day, there was also a reception for the gathering held in honor of Dr. Gozo Sato. I will report to you in detail soon in a separate posting, but Dr. Sato is a physician who has contributed tremendously in the history of the Modern Medical Education of Japan and Korea. The meeting was planned to learn about his works and to think on how to extend his will to the future generation of the two countries. I had the honor to greet all participants. I look forward to coming days.