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【 Souiki-kai News Magazine English Version is translated by students hired by On-Campus Job project. 】
Dear Souiki-kai members,
Hello, this is Souiki-kai office. This month’s column is provided by Professor Yasuko Kameyama from the Sustainable Society Design Center. Every time I see news about wildfires overseas, I am struck by the incomparable scale and the lives lost, leaving me with an indescribable sense of helplessness.
◇ July Issue
◇◇ Graduate Program in Sustainability Science – Global Leadership Initiative
◇◇ ◇ Message from Program Director Professor Yasuko Kameyama
Extreme Weather, Climate Change, and Media
Professor Yasuko Kameyama, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
As a researcher on climate change policies, I am for sure worried about the increasing frequency of extreme weather events globally under global warming, including heat waves, droughts, torrential rains, and wind gusts.
More than that, I am concerned about the way this information is being communicated in the diverse media sources such as SNS and online news. Newspapers and TV, once the main mass media, have also expanded their activities into the online environment, and continue to play a role in reporting new information.
Until recently, when the Japanese media dealt with extreme weather events, they did not mention the causes. Recently, they have finally added a sentence at the end of their reports to the effect that “global warming may be a factor”. The term “heat wave” is still not used to describe high temperatures in Japan. Rather, they refer to hot summers as “midsummer days” and focus on “staying hydrated” and “using the air conditioner whenever needed’’. In many cases, abnormal weather outside of Japan is not even reported in the media.
In contrast, the causes of extreme weather events and the scientific explanation of how many times more likely they are to occur due to climate change, is frequently mentioned in major Western media outlets. Sometimes the words climate change is included in the headline. Articles on wildfires, which are becoming more and more common in recent years, often include large, colored photographs to convey the apparent seriousness of the situation.
The varying ways the media communicate the situation will be perceived differently by readers. It is not good to stir things up more than they really are, but in Japan, it makes people not willing to tell the reality for the fear of being perceived as stirring things up. At least this is how I often feel, and foreign journalists agree with me when I complain about this. I wonder if we have become paralyzed in our ability to feel the threat of global warming, even though we are familiar with the term. We need to search for a better way to convey the message.
Photo of wildfire
The next column will be written by Mr. Shinohara Yuya, a graduate of the Department of Advanced Materials Science.
<Announcement: Souiki-kai Conference for Fiscal Year 2023 (15th Anniversary Commemorative Conference)>
We are pleased to announce the Souiki-kai Conference for Fiscal Year 2023 as follows. This year, we will hold it as the 15th Anniversary Commemorative Conference, and we plan to invite prominent alumni and outstanding faculty members from the graduate school who are actively contributing to society to deliver special lectures. Additionally, the conference will take place during the open campus period at Kashiwa Campus. We invite you to visit Kashiwa Campus, explore the nostalgic campus and research laboratories not usually accessible, and join us for the Souiki-kai Conference.
Moreover, as it will be a hybrid event, you can also participate online if visiting in person is difficult for you.
Date: October 28, 2023 (Saturday), 16:00-19:00
Location: Special Lecture, General Meeting (Library Media Hall and online)
Social Gathering (Within or near Kashiwa Campus)
16:00-17:00: Special Lectures (Featuring three distinguished speakers)
17:00-17:30: General Meeting (Activity reports, agenda)
Around 17:45-19:00: Social Gathering
Further details will be provided through our news magazine and the Souiki-kai website once they are finalized. Please reserve the date and stay tuned for updates. We look forward to your participation.
1. News from the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
(a) Morphological and metabolomics profiling of intraspecific Arabidopsis hybrids in relation to biomass heterosis
(b) Genome-wide association study of lung adenocarcinoma in East Asia and comparison with a European population
2. Related URL
(a) The university of Tokyo Kashiwa Campus
(b) GSFS HP
(c) The university of Tokyo Kashiwa Library
(d) Kashiwa Campus – TX Kashiwa no ha Campus Station
Suttle Bus operation time schedule
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【From Souiki-kai Secretariat】
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(b) Those who wish to join the Souiki-kai (who were enrolled in GSFS but had not yet joined) should send an email with their name, year of graduation, major, and address to the secretariat for application.