The Importance of Scientific Thinking -How to face Covid-19 and other new pandemics

Urgent Proposal by H. Koizumi ,Honorary Fellow of Eng. Academy & M.Yasui, Director of Keio Uiv. GRI

FCAJ

2020/9/2 15:32

September 2, 2020

Incorporated Association Future Center Alliance Japan https://futurecenteralliance-japan.org/en-about

The Future Center Alliance Japan (FCAJ: Director - Noboru Konno) issued an Urgent Proposal on the

occasion of the symposium and seminar streamed on April 21 and May 3, 2020, that “sympathy, altruism, and the common good” were extremely important for the future transformation of society given the

Covid-19 Pandemic. However, three months later, the FCAJ has made the decision to issue a second

Urgent Proposal given the continuing state of confusion in society. This release is based on a Webinar held on August 27, 2020.

 

<Summary of the Urgent Proposal>

Covid-19 is not a temporary issue, and short sighted responses will prove to cause future risks for

society. Accordingly, determination for the long term is required. In order to face these risks, we must

quickly realize a “New Normal” by taking a scientific viewpoint with abundant data, and prioritize the

steps that must be taken and the firm ethics of humankind. To that end, we wish to reiterate the

importance of dialog between society and science.

 

1) A Proposal for a Large Analysis Factory - a Solution to the Dilemma of Economic Activity vs. Self Restraint - Hideaki Koizumi

In order to maintain progress in economic and cultural activities while maintaining an appropriate level of safety (isolation), it is essential to build a system to achieve mass testing with a high level of

accuracy. The Large Analysis Factory (LAF) is a facility to collect specimens such as human bodily

fluids and sewage samples for automated, low cost and rapid PCR testing and high accuracy antigen/

antibody testing. The LAF can also serve as a social system for responding flexibly to future risks under normal conditions. It is also necessary to consider operating a virtual testing factory using IoT

technology.  Moving forward, it is necessary to take evidence-based measures and for each individual

 to maintain scientific literacy and a sense of ethics in order to enable both economic and cultural

activities and the prevention of the explosive spread of the virus while achieving a society which does

not abandon the disadvantaged. There is also a strong need for social systems that work across

 different domains such as ethics, science, and economics.

Hideaki Koizumi

Graduated from the Basic Sciences course of the College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo, in 1971 and joined the

Hitachi Measurement Instruments Division in the same year. Developed a method for Zeeman atomic absorption spectrometry in

1976 and earned a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Tokyo. Over 10,000 devices that apply the discovery are now in

use throughout the world primarily for environmental measurement. The work was selected as one of Japan’s top 50 leading patents

for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the patent system by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He also

developed methods and practical applications for magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and optical topography. He has also

served as the Director, as head engineer, and as a fellow of the Hitachi Basic Research Institute. He is the 55th Chairman of the

Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry. He was an invited speaker at the 400th Anniversary Commemoration of the Rome Academy of Sciences. He was introduced as a Nobel candidate in the 40th anniversary issue of Nikkei Science. His many writings include

authorship of Cutting Edge Environmental Measurement and writing as a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry.

 

2) Changes in Medicine Post Corona - A Shift to Preventive Medicine through Home Monitoring - Masato Yasui

There are currently many different medicines and vaccines under development for the Novel Coronavirus, but it is highly likely that these efforts will take a great deal of time. New issues are also arising during the Covid-19 pandemic, such as pandemic related depression and game addiction. However, new directions for medicine have also emerged with new technological developments. It is highly likely that there will be a shift from doctor dependent diagnosis and treatment to home monitoring that focuses on prevention through the use of new IoT technologies. For this to happen, accurate and simple biomonitoring technology needs to be developed. For example, we are aiming to achieve a society in which viral infection could be detected at the incubation stage by developing revolutionary new technology to digitally monitor changes in biological systems through the monitoring of water dynamics which comprise two thirds of the human body. However, such data constitutes personal data, and the ethical question of the handling of that data remains. Accordingly, opportunities for dialog across the domains of medicine, the economy, and law are ever more important. I believe that Covid-19 offers an opportunity for medical innovation.

Masato YasuiGraduated from Keio University School of Medicine in 1989. Served at St. Luke's International Hospital, Tokyo

Women's Medical University Women’s and Children’s Medical Center, the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and

Johns Hopkins University in the US before becoming a professor at the Department of Pharmacology School of

Medicine, Keio University in 2006. He specializes in pharmacology and pediatrics. His research focus is on

Aquaporin or water channels, and recently he is researching the relationship between Alzheimer's and sleep from

the standpoint of controlling water flow in the brain. He also focuses on international exchange programs, and as

put effort into training global leaders as the Director of the Keio University Global Research Institute.

 

Note: There was a Video presentation by Mr. Kodama before Messrs. Koizumi’s & Yasui’s in this Webinar on 27

August.

 

Tatsuhiko Kodama

Researcher and Doctor in Systems Biology and Medicine, Cancer and Metabolism Project Leader at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), Honorary Professor at the University of Tokyo, former Director of the Isotope Science Center, the University of Tokyo.

 

*The Future Center Alliance Japan, FCAJ, is an ecosystem, plural sector, in which industry, academia, government and the private sector participate and collaborate for open innovation. It provides “Ba”, or place, meetings, and programs to transcend the boundaries of organizations to connect the economy and society. Since 2016, we have been carrying out activities to address social and future issues and to envision new industries.

 

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