Hyper Interdisciplinary Conference in Masuda Forum 2019

Conference Theme
Citizen Participatory Research Project Begins - A New Form of Medical-Food-Agricultural Collaboration
Day & Time
Thursday, July 25, 2019, 9:30am - 3:30pm
Shimane Arts Center, GrantoisAccess

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Forum Overview

Although Masuda City in Shimane Prefecture is located a 10-minute drive from Hagi/Ishimi Airport, it has been listed by the Council for the Creation of Japan as one of the cities with the potential to disappear due to its declining population, aging population with low birthrate, lack of agricultural bearers, and devastated mountain forests. In the 2019 forum, we will discuss three projects we are currently working on: "Health Tech Mall Demonstration Research," "Grazing Livestock Production in Abandoned Forest Land," and "Agribusiness Using Unutilized Resources," and aim to accelerate research and development and build sustainable, decentralized cities.

Agriculture, forestry, fisheries, bio-healthcare, robot technology, logistics-related researchers, venture companies, companies in and out of the prefecture, local producers, junior high and high school students, etc.

Project Keywords.
Extending healthy life expectancy, health monitoring, pasture-based livestock production, smart agriculture, untapped resources, subtropical plants, symbiotic industries, etc.

[Claire's eve of the festival].
Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 18:00-20:00 (advance registration required)
Location: Masuda City, Shimane Prefecture

Abstract submission deadline] July 10 (Wed.) 24:00

Audience registration will be accepted until the last minute.
Accommodations and transportation are limited, so please make arrangements well in advance.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Registration for 2019 is now closed.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 9:30 - 15:30

09:30 - 09:40

Opening Remarks

Chairman, Masuda Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Representative Director, Matsunaga Ranch Co.
Kazuhira Matsunaga

Representative Director and Group CEO, Liverness Inc.
Yukihiro Maru

09:40 - 09:55

keynote speech

Shinichi Nakayama
Vice Chairman, Kawasaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Tamagawa General Affairs Department, Tamagawa Works, NEC Corporation

Born in December 1960 in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Graduated from the School of Commerce at Waseda University in 1984, and joined NEC Corporation (NEC). Mainly engaged in human resources, labor affairs, and general affairs. After serving as General Manager of the General Affairs Department of the Kansai Branch Office and District Manager of the Abiko Plant, he has been the Chief Manager of Tamagawa General Affairs Department since 2017 (Heisei 29). At the same time, he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Kawasaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He was also appointed Chairman of the Kawasaki Sports Association in June 2048.


Creating Together the Future of the Community - What We Can Do Now for the Next Generation

Japan's regional industries continue to stagnate due to the sluggish growth of local subcontractors and the impact of centralized businesses centered in large cities. Innovation is expected in areas such as manufacturing utilizing cutting-edge technology, the 4th industrial revolution utilizing IoT and Big Data, healthcare, and education.
However, it is difficult for companies to create the future of a region by themselves, and the industries of the region must create symbiotic industries in which large companies, ventures, local factories, local governments, financial institutions, research institutions, etc. are connected across the board and grow together with a view to the next 100 years.
In this session, we will discuss the future of the region that Masuda aims to create with its citizens, based on advanced examples of symbiotic industries.

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Yukihiro Maru
Group CEO and Representative Director, LIVERNESS Co.

D. in Applied Biotechnology, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo. While in graduate school, he founded LIVERNESS, a company solely for science and engineering students. He has developed Japan's first "delivery laboratory class of cutting-edge science" into a business. He operates a "knowledge manufacturing business" that combines management resources and technologies that lie dormant in universities and local communities to create the seeds of new businesses, and has over 200 projects underway through his "knowledge platform," an infrastructure that gathers knowledge from around the world. He is also an innovator who has been involved in the launch of numerous venture companies such as Euglena.


Yuichi Tanoue
Leader, San-in Branch Izumo Branch, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.

He joined Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance in 1995. After working in the sales department, head office planning department, etc., he arrived at the Izumo branch office in 2017. He is engaged in providing insurance and other advanced services that support safety, security, and health to customers in Masuda, Hamada, Ota, Izumo, and other regions.


Shinya Kobayashi
President and Representative Director, Farm Note Holdings, Inc.

Born in Obihiro City, Hokkaido in 1979. Graduated from Asahikawa College of Technology, majoring in mechanical engineering. Joined a machinery parts trading company, where he was in charge of expanding sales of precision machinery in the field of factory automation (FA), and founded SKYARC System Inc. in Obihiro City in 2004 (currently SKYARC Inc.). In 2004, he founded SKYARC SYSTEMS (now SKYARC Inc.) in Obihiro City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and has contributed to the spread of CMS, blog systems and internal SNS to major companies. With the desire to "create the brains of the world's agriculture," he founded Farm Note Co. in 2013 and Farm Note Holdings in 2016. In the same year, he was selected as one of the Nikkei Business "100 people who will create the next generation." In 2019, he received the "17th Japan Innovator Award, Nikkei Business Raise Award" sponsored by Nikkei BP, as well as the "5th Japan Venture Award, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award (Agricultural Venture Grand Prix)" sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.


Mr. Kazuhira Matsunaga
Chairman, Masuda Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Representative Director, Matsunaga Ranch Co.

Born in Masuda City, Shimane Prefecture on June 13, 1954. After graduating from Hamada Commercial High School, he worked at a bank in Osaka, but was unable to adapt to the city and returned to the countryside. In August of that year, he and his parents established Matsunaga Farm, an agricultural cooperative. However, due to differences in management philosophy, he asked his parents to quit the ranch and became its representative in 1984. In response to the liberalization of beef, he changed the breed of cattle from Holsteins to crossbreds and Japanese black cattle, and also promoted the commercialization of compost to strengthen the management structure. In 2001, BSE was discovered in Japan and beef prices plummeted. While many people were going out of business, he expanded the scale of his business and created a new integrated breeding and fattening system with 800 cows, which became the talk of the town during a nationwide broadcast on NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). In 2005, four veterinarians became independent and set up their own medical practice, and established a food residue feed conversion plant and Maple Ranch Co. Ltd. is scheduled for completion this year. He is opposed to the sixth industrialization of agriculture, and would like to aim for a business that can be run solely by the primary industry.



<Session 2
Primary Industry Evolving through Research - Reversal of a Potentially Disappearing City

The content discussed in last year's session "Local Agritech 2030" and "Realization of Livestock Production Using Abandoned Forest Land" has begun as a demonstration study.
In Local Agritech 2030, we are studying the effects of feeding baby leaves on yield and quality in order to utilize materials that have been an issue in the region. In addition, to realize livestock production using abandoned forest land, we plan to begin a demonstration in early fall by using unused farmland as pastureland.
In this session, we will introduce the progress of these efforts between businesses in Masuda and researchers and companies, and discuss future developments.

For more information


Yosuke Miyauchi
Leave a Nest Co., Ltd.
Research and Development Division / Director, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Center

During his master's and doctoral studies, he traveled to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to establish high-yield soybean cultivation technology with local researchers under the research theme of "Development of high-yield soybean cultivation technology in drylands of China. At RIVANES, he is using his research experience to conduct research on the cultivation of space soybeans and domestic wheat Yumechikara with elementary, junior high, and high school students. Currently, at the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Center, he is promoting research and development in multiple fields, such as agriculture and forestry, and forestry and livestock, under the mission of "promoting research and technology development related to food production.


Tokio Kayaba
Environmental Sales Section, Sales Department, Earth Technica Inc.

The company manufactures a swelling processor (brand name - "Planting Fiber") as a technology for recycling herbaceous material, and is developing facilities for recycling pruning branches for municipalities. The herbaceous material is compressed, kneaded, defibered, and heated to change its properties. The company is aiming to develop this technology as a pre-processing technology for the utilization of bamboos and alianthus.

Yuichi Kusano
Agri Mito Ltd.

Agri Mito" is an agricultural production corporation that produces and sells agricultural products such as strawberries, baby leaves, paddy rice, daffodils, and eggplants, mainly in Mito Town, Masuda City, Shimane Prefecture. Because agricultural production is conducted in a mountainous area, it is difficult to improve management efficiency through large-scale production. In addition, in the winter, the area receives little sunlight and snowfall, which is unique to the San-in region, making it difficult to produce crops year-round and to provide year-round employment. Under these circumstances, the company is developing sustainable agricultural production in mountainous areas by growing strawberries, which have a high yield and can be grown in winter, and baby leaves throughout the year.

Takumi Ohashi
Assistant Professor, Engineering Design Course, Department of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering, School of Environmental and Social Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology

D., Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, in 2018. D. in Engineering. In the same year, he completed the Professional Degree Program in Management of Technology at the same university. Master of Technology Management (Professional). While engaged in electronic device research during his doctoral studies, he became interested in how to implement technology into society, and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering at the same university. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering at the same university. He is conducting research mainly in Japan and Thailand with the aim of promoting sustainable smart livestock farming that supports food production in Asia.


Realization of Health Tech Mall to visualize health

Hospitals, companies, and commercial facilities in Masuda City will collaborate to begin research and development related to healthy living. Your usual shopping center may become an important medical center that supports your health. We aim to create a system that allows people to know their health information at the stage of "pre-disease," just before they go to the hospital.

In this session, we will discuss the future of Masuda City with participants, touching on the results of the demonstration test that is being conducted prior to the full-scale launch of the project.

For more information


Hiroyuki Takahashi
Director, Knowledge Foundation Research Center, Liverness, Inc.

D. in 2009 from Yokohama City University.
He is mainly engaged in creating new research projects between industry and young researchers, such as the launch of the "Liberace Research Fund" for young researchers under 40 years old. In addition, he continues to set up the "Super Interdisciplinary Society," a place to generate new knowledge and seeds for research and development by combining individual knowledge, technology, and passion for problem solving without being bound by the framework of academia.



Mr. Jun Sese
President and Representative Director, Humanome Research Institute, Inc.

D. in Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo. D. in Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, and has served as Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo, Associate Professor at Ochanomizu University, Associate Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Research Team Leader at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). He specializes in the development of machine learning and mathematical statistics methods and large-scale data analysis in the life sciences. He won the KDD Cup 2001, a data mining contest of the American Society for Computing Machinery, and the Oxford Journals-JSBi Prize.

Shinnosuke Murakami
COO, Metagen Corporation / Project Assistant Professor, Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University

He joined Metagen, Inc. in 2016 and has been Executive Officer and COO since 2018. he has been engaged in research on intestinal bacteria for almost 10 years, developing stool preservation technology, building a Japanese intestinal environment database, and conducting R&D for practical application of intestinal environment control technology. He also specializes in onsen therapy studies, and in 2015 conducted a study on drinking Nagayu Onsen (Taketa City, Oita Prefecture), showing that it increases intestinal bacteria that may contribute to anti-obesity and may prevent or improve diabetes In 2018, he received the Research Encouragement Award from the Japanese Society of Onsen Climate and Physical Medicine.

Mr. Takayuki Kojima
Director and CTO, RESVO Corporation

He completed his graduate studies at Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in 2004. Since the same year, he has been engaged in regulatory and clinical development work for new drug development and new medical device development at domestic pharmaceutical manufacturers and overseas medical device manufacturers. Currently working on the development of patient stratification markers and new drugs for the cure of schizophrenia, as well as the practical application of mental stress check technology that leads to the prevention of the onset of mental illness.


Closing Session

We will review the discussions and new ideas that were exchanged throughout the forum and share the next steps with the participants.


Awards Ceremony and Closing Ceremony


Researchers' posters, venture booths Postings and exhibits (including lunch exchange events)

This is a place for poster and booth presentations that are not limited to specific fields, and where a wide variety of presentations are made at the same time to exchange passions among different fields and to create opportunities for innovation.