A memorandum concerning cooperation between the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute (TIRI) was signed by Prof. Takeuchi, vice-rector of UNU and director of UNU-ISP and Dr. Kataoka, president of TIRI on 28 October 2010. In his opening address, Prof. Takeuchi expressed his gratitude to Dr. Kataoka as the expertise TIRI has accumulated in industrial technologies research to support local enterprises will be valuable to UNU.
In turn, Dr. Kataoka briefed attendees on TIRI’s three areas of expertise: research; testing and analysis; and technical consultation in overall industrial technologies. He emphasized that quality control for industries is extremely important, and that TIRI can help to supply this function for smaller and medium enterprises that may not be able to develop them on their own. He added that TIRI will be able to learn from the extensive educational and research activities UNU carries throughout the world.
Both UNU-ISP and TIRI desire to develop and promote international cooperation through research, training and capacity building in the area of sustainable development. There are three areas of particular concern: scholarly collaboration and mutual support for research and educational activities; mutual cooperation to prevent the deterioration of, and revive, the urban environment in light of the “10-Year Project for Green Tokyo” proposed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 2007; and aiming at a sustainable society where ‘reduce’ ‘reuse’ ‘recycle’ and zero emissions concepts are promoted.
After the signing, Dr. Kataoka presented to Professor Takeuchi a beautifully designed product of a TIRI’s research: a cup made from 100% pure biomass molding compound and compact coated with Japanese lacquer.