THE NEW JAPAN ISLANDS 2020

CONVERSATION

With the spread of the coronavirus, people are becoming fragmented and communication is getting lost. The New Japan Islands is prototyping a way to form a new community structure. In this age of non contact, how will remote communication and experiences affect people’s sensory exchange methods and thought processes? We hope that our undertakings and experiments will help prompt people to think about how to create dialogue and experiences for the new era.

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08:00 am – 08:55 am

8KVJ-DJ-LJ-MJ - Field of Divine Nature MIX -

Are these computer graphics or physicalizations of computer graphics?

Name Unknown

These are physical folk craft objects that were videographed with ultra high resolution 8K. They're not computer graphics!

Emma Tsuji

Interesting. What sort of material is being projected onto?

Name Unknown

These are folk crafts from the Japan Folk Crafts Museum

Emma Tsuji

What sort of material is it being projected onto?
was it a standard white projector screen?

Name Unknown

It’s a simple white wall! (Correction: it was actually a gray screen.)
In the performances you would probably be able compare the resolution between the mist (physical) and videography
I hope that helps you to grasp how vivid and clear the images are!

Emma Tsuji

09:45 am – 10:15 am

Invitation to Japan's Sake Heartland: "Uonuma"

what makes one sake better than other sakes?

Name Unknown

Yes, material from the water and using the rice and we design the taste and the quality and that depends on the brewery policy.

Emma Tsuji

how Is the sake process similar to the beer-making process?

Name Unknown

Yeh, beer and sake is fermented alcohol. But beer is, material is malt. And malt originally includes glucose. And it is fermented with yeast coming out the alcohol. Otherwise, Japanese sake, material is from the rice. And rice includes starch. Starch converts to glucose with koji fermentation. After that, glucose converts to alcohol with using the yeast.

Sasagawa

do you pair sake with different types of foods?
what’s your favorite pairing?

Name Unknown

I like seafood as the best pairing! Sake enhances the umami inside the ingredients

Emma Tsuji

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Pitch Sessions by Japanese Startups presented by NEDO

・What is the strategy for recruiting partners to advertise with you? (to eyesjapan)
・How difficult is it for Japanese startups to secure funding from the government? Are there more barriers than seen with private investors in the US?
・In order to get funding by the Japanese government, do you have to have evidence of any sort to support your startup?

Name Unknown

On the topic of COVID-19, the Chinese manufacturing industry took a major hit and it seems to reason that this could drastically impact the tech industry since most chips are manufactured there. Have any Japanese startups been impacted?

Name Unknown

11:30 am - 11:45 am

How Citizen Science Combats Invisible Enemies, from Radiation to the Corona Virus

How is your company gearing up to combat covid-19? Where can we find the data off of these devices??

Name Unknown

Safecast is an NGO, not a company per se. We've begun by collecting and sharing information online and by networking. We've published several articles that have had an influence:
https://thebulletin.org/2020/03/what-the-fukushima-meltdowns-taught-us-about-how-to-respond-to-coronavirus/
https://safecast.org/2020/03/best-practices-in-reference-to-covid-19/
https://safecast.org/2020/03/covid-19-testing-in-japan-the-situation-and-ramifications/
We have been building an online crowdsourced map where people can share information about COVID-19 testing availability and other needs. It should be up within the next 24 hours.

Azby Brown

How do you purpose we work towards more trust and transparency?

Name Unknown

Our company had to pivot like 90 degrees in 2 days to make sure we stay relevant for our startups and our clients. We are doing that by focussing on the crisis we are in, trying to use our resources to add value. And telling that to our partners.

Gerrit Jan Van't Veen

The best way to encourage trust and transparency is to be trustworthy and transparent yourself, to share the most reliable information and help people understand it. When people are directly involved in taking action, they know first-hand that their own information is valid, and it is possible to build networks, like Safecast, which share objective data and function as "trust networks." We try to demonstrate to government and other major organizations that everyone benefits, including themselves, when transparency is the expected norm. But it's quite a challenge to change organizational habit. We as citizens must demand transparency in information not only in times of crisis but in normal times as well. It is our right.
More good information about open-source medical supplies:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-71FJTmI1Q1kjSDLP0EegMERjg_0kk_7UfaRE4r66Mg/preview?fbclid=IwAR0TX7SpAfrSDzc56hHoLaD9GqPOsDPKozozpZ_fA_hKiU7MMpJXJuG_src

Azby Brown

What type of impact do you foresee this having on how society interacts going forward?

Name Unknown

11:45 am – 12:00 pm

New Mass Gathering in the Age of a Parametric Society

To Jiro
Do you think going forward there are structural changes to event centers and other gathering centers that need to be made in order to better accommodate events like COVID-19?

Name Unknown

We'll answer this question after Jiro finishes his performance!

Emma Tsuji

12:45 pm – 01:15 pm

Keynote by Yoichi Ochiai

that’s awesome that hey are able to produce it in 8k

BM

with so many different ideas and beliefs out there, how do you feel we can use technology to create a more autonomous organization worldwide?

JH

Can you explain the tones of colors - the dark, black and blue? How did you incorporate these colors into the theme?

L

As society evolves, how do you see nature influencing technology and vice versa?

LD

It may have something to do with hyper intuition. it’s incredibly fascinating

JH

I am curious to that as well Lindsay.

BB

With 5G & Newer technologies becoming more available to the people around the globe, Do you think that we will become more connected with each other better than in the past?

SW

One of the concepts I’ve found most interesting throughout this presentation is the influence culture has on art - even in the digital era.

MS

How will these concepts incorporate 3rd world countries and not leave people with less technology available to them even further behind the rest of civilization.

NH

How soon do you expect it will be before the line between digital and nature becomes blurred? 10 years, 50? I’d be interested in learning more about how rapidly we’ll experience this shift.

MS

I think… please remember like 20 years ago, almost 20 years ago, we often use the car navigation system in driving. And also I think that, in the fog, we cannot see around the car, however you can drive around with the car navigation system. And also some of the high clouds in the Japanese mountains, using GPS to climb the mountain, and also naturally, I think that you can Google somewhere to go, somewhere to find, or something to know. And also, I think in our preception, these digital perceptions and digital attempts get merged almost in physical activities. So it's already beginning. However, in the materials, that is a little bit long way because of the resolution of the robots is still quite low, like Azmov or the dog, Aibo, every kind of thing still lower. However in the digital things still, 8K or 4K, a video communication it can be soon, higher than our perception.

Yoichi Ochiai

I find that very interesting as well…

Bailey Dafawn

do you think people will get confused between reality and digital world and cause people to not experience nature in person?

BM

I think it is interesting because of the… like my child, almost three years old, he first touched the digital dog, Aibo, Sony. I think what is the difference between Aibo and natural dogs and I think one of it is the resolution. Because the robot has a low, limited and connection of the each bodies and however the dogs are really high resolution. We cannot turn off natural dogs. However what we find in digital, because of the 8K, a little bit different kind of digital. Because that is higher than our perception. So higher than our perception, that is a third sensation of something. However, current digital technologies is using them instead of something and just instead of the resolution, or just a different things through. In my talk the important things, different high resolution things. However we now use a low resolution things. In that case we should touch nature. So please hold your smartphone and please touch the local, natural, good things with resolution.

Yoichi Ochiai

I find that intriguing as well but the question I have is that, if technology and nature becoming so integrated...
How are we going to know what is real and what is not?

SW

I think that is an interesting question because… actually I don't care what is real. Real and reality is different. And also the hyper perception of the 8K is not real, but it has more reality. Real big difference. And also, actually, digital is still real, because digital has data. And also the physical material, what is the difference? I think it is the resolution in the time and space, both things. So I think that it will be, for future people, they won't care what is physical or virtual. And also, I cannot distinguish what is fake and not true, especially in the social network service. And also the original is important, still now, like how to make it certication with blockchain kind of things, however, the important thing is just the difference between digital and material. I often use these terms. We forgot digital and also the material will break, that kind of thing. I think that is the only difference. And all other things are about resolution.

Yoichi Ochiai

What type of impact do you foresee this having on how society interacts going forward?

Emma Tsuji

I think it’s not about new technology but using the leftovers of already tested technologies

Yoichi Ochiai

02:15 pm – 02:45 pm

Human Senses are Key to "Nostalgic Future:" The Power of Sound, Digestion, Posture and Smell

Very interesting concept! What are a few examples of what we can do to improve the human immune system? How long would it take to before we would see a noticeable improvement in our immune systems?

MS

Oh, I have few good examples. For example, high boost sonic sound, it’s over 20 kilohertz; the CD sound cuts over the 20 kilohertz. And when we hear the over the 20 kilohertz sounds, our immune system activates. Really. It's a new kind of frontier to research to revitalize our music.
As an example, we have so much time to smelling and lights. We don't see only on th eyes. We see the lights on the skin.
To revitalize our immune system, using natural powers.

Hidetoshi Shibata

Is there potentially a way for us to utilize technology to better predict future global pandemics?

MW

what needs to change in our day to day lives to change the disasters?

SD

Will new technologies help us reverse some of the damage we have done to the earth, thus helping us to improve our immune systems?

MS

how would you say the increase in population worldwide is affecting and changing the way new viruses form and spread?

SM

what are your ideas behind changing the economy?

HL

Could you provide a few examples of actions we can take now to help improve our ecosystem? I’m sure it will be decades if not centuries before technologies are able to help reverse the damage we’ve caused to our ecosystems. Could you provide more insight into this projected timeline?

MS

I think it's a … I don't know the answer, but what I'm thinking is that just watch what is happening right now, like couple hundred days. For example, like in China, there are a hundred thousand tons of CO2 reduced and I'm watching that. So actually 130 thousand, no, 1.3 billion CO2 in the entire Japan. So everybody can simulating as a fact as to what the effect, what kind of tradeoff. If you give up some kind of economic growth we can get clear, more pure environment or clear air but how much, you know. Unless we have this very disastrous situation, people cannot never test, we can just stop for the total environment. No one could have ever done that so I think just observe what is happening and very calmly and with logic and then we can get some consensus what kind of daily life, what privacy you could forgo for the better world, for the better economics, or for the better environment or something. So that's what I think.

Shinichiro Yasukawa

what will remote medical treatment look like? How will you diagnose?

PA

really great question M.S.!

AH

We need to help educators bring the classroom experience online.

MS

How can we further advance our workplace and what type of timeline would we need to attain in order to move more of our workforce remotely?

AH

As many of you Japanese have experienced the remote working. Tokyo is such a big city, 45 millions people living in very small spaces so it's easy to commute. Remote working was not has common as in the U.S. or other countries. So this is the first time for most of the Japanese people businessman to experience remote working. So everybody understand that maybe we will need to go to the office, maybe 30% of workers, 40% of workers. But at the same time they have to some kind of confidence of the relationship with colleagues, trust-base, what kind of personality they have, what reaction they tend to have. Once they build that kind of high confidence level of trustworthy or working style, it is easy to go to remote working. Its not the matter of technology. Of course it's just kind of when the internet come, we started email system--we called it email at that time. So there are new protocols, new manners and how to write, how to express a little bit emoji to put on it. But now we are learning that how kind of don't bother or noise-intaking around, this kind of thing. So technology-wise we can overcome. The most important thing is how we can build trust. So maybe we don't need to go to the office. Maybe what we need is just kind of like a gathering bar so that we can get together and then we work whereever we are comfortable, maybe remote from the metropolitan area.

Shinichiro Yasukawa

What kind of impact will this have on large gatherings like entertainment events or conferences?

EZ

That is really amazing!

MS

incredible!

SD

so cool!

EM

amazing!

C

it takes an amazingly creative mind to think to use slime in creating music. This sounds beautiful!

MS

Surprising number of reaction

Emma Tsuji

Could the event organizers provide us with additional resources/links we can go to if we’re interested in learning more about co-created/multisensory music?

MS

great question M.S., I would be more interested in researching this

HL

Since we did not obtain prior consent from any of the participants, we are referencing the participants in the Zoom chat transcription by their initials to avoid identification.

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