Japan Science Foundation

History

  1960s     1970s     1980s     1990s     2000s  

1960s
1960
  • Inaugural general meeting Mr. Chikara Kurata (president of Hitachi Limited) was inaugurated the chairman.
  • The establishment was authorized by the competent authority (Science and Technology Agency)
  • The regional head offices were established in Kansai and Chubu.
1964
  • Inauguration of Science Museum
  • Inauguration of Kagaku-Gijutsu-Gakuen High school
  • Inauguration of the TV broadcasting station (Tokyo 12 Channel))
1966
  • Mr. Kougoro Uemura (vice chairman of the Japan Business Federation) was inaugurated the chairman.
  • The Science Museum was authorized as a museum stipulated in Article 2 of the Museum Law.
1967
  • Kansai regional head office and Chubu regional head office were separated from the foundation.
1970s
1973
  • The broadcasting station was separated from the foundation and became independent as the Tokyo 12-Channel Production Co., Ltd.
1974
  • Science Museum was a sister museum of the science museum of the Franklin Institute in the U.S..
  • The industrial exhibition method was applied to exhibitions in the Science Museum.
1975
  • The industrial exhibition method was applied to exhibitions in the Science Museum.
  • The foundation was controlled by the Science and Technology Agency and Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
1976
  • The foundation was authorized as a recommended institute for the dark-blue ribbon Medal of Honor stipulated in the Customary Rules for the Medal of Honor Regulations.
1978
  • Mr. Yoshihiro Inayama (chairman of Nippon Steel Corporation) was inaugurated the chairman.
1980s
1982
  • The annex building (Basement to 2nd floor) was constructed as the memorial project for the twentieth anniversary of the foundation and the fifteenth anniversary of the Science Museum.
1985
  • Operation and management of the Japan Pavilion (History Pavilion and Children Square) in International Exposition, Tsukuba, Japan 1985.
1988
  • Mr. Eishiro Saito (chairman of the Japan Business Federation) was inaugurated the chairman.
1990s
1990
  • Celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of the foundation and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Science Museum.
    The annex building was expanded (3rd to 5th floor) as the memorial project.
  • Operation and management of International Exhibition Pavilion in International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan 1990
1992
  • The 1st Youngsters' Science Festival was held.
1993
  • Conclusion of the cooperative agreement with La Villette Science and Industry City in Paris, France.
  • Operation and Management of Tokorozawa Aviation Museum.
1994
  • Cooperation in sponsoring a regional exhibition (World Festival Exposition Mie '94) by the Japan Expo.
1995
  • Japan-France Science Exhibition Exchange La Villette Itinerant exhibition started.
  • The Science Camp for dispatching high school students to research institutes started.
1996
  • Large-scale renewal of the exhibition rooms in Science Museum
    FOREST - Forest of Play/Creation/Discovery
    Digital Link
  • The website of the Science Museum was launched.
  • Conclusion of the cooperative agreement with Exploratorium in the United States.
1998
  • Museum of SLN [Science Learning Network] world
  • Collaboration activities for science education with schools through the Internet started.
  • The accumulated number of visitors to the Science Museum exceeded 20 million.
1999
  • The website of the foundation was launched.
2000s
2000
  • Dr. Akito Arima (emeritus professor of Tokyo University) was inaugurated the chairman.
2001
  • The accumulated number of visitors to the Youngsters' Science Festival exceeded 2 million.
2006
  • Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited the Science Museum.
  • Prime Minster Shinzo Abe visited the Science Museum.
2007
  • The accumulated number of visitors to the Science Museum exceeded 25 million.

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