Japan is launching a multiyear science research program (dubbed the “Moonshot”) to develop radical new technologies that help solve some of society’s most pressing challenges. Using technology in AI, robotics, quantum computing, and others, the program will push the limits of existing research to tackle climate change, food insecurity, ultra-early disease prediction, and more. “Moonshot” joins several other large-scale funding programs such as those of the United States and the European Union, and so the emergence of this initiative provokes speculation. Is there opportunity for partnership to ensure more efficient and resource-conscious innovation? Will this new effort be able to overcome an ever-competitive international science arena and reap value that matches investment?

In two separate livestreamed sessions, Carnegie will convene key thought leaders behind Japan’s “Moonshot” program, the National Science Foundation’s “10 Big Ideas” program, the EU’s Horizon programs, and other fields of science collaboration. Together they will explore the commonalities and subtle differences in priorities among their long-term programs, discuss past examples of effective international science cooperation, and predict important implications for the future.


May 28, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EDT / May 28 22:00 to 23:00 JST

Session 1: Trends and Opportunities for Long-Term Science Investment

Presenter: Hiroaki Kitano, President and CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories

Panelists: Erwin Gianchandani, Koichi Akaishi, Mary Kavanagh

Moderator: James L. Schoff

May 28, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. EDT / May 29, 9:00 to 10:00 JST

Session 2: Examples of U.S.-Japan Science Collaboration: High Energy Density Science and AI

Panelists: Patricia Falcone, Ryosuke Kodama, Dimitri Kusnezov, Seiichi Shimasaki

Moderator: Douglas Rake


Hiroaki Kitano

Hiroaki Kitano is president and CEO of Sony Computer Science Laboratories and a "Moonshot" Visionary Council Member.

Erwin Gianchandani

Erwin Gianchandani is the deputy assistant director for computer and information science and engineering at the National Science Foundation.

Koichi Akaishi

Koichi Akaishi is vice minister for innovation policy in the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan.

Mary Kavanagh

Mary Kavanagh is minister-counselor for research & innovation at the Delegation of the European Union to the U.S.

James L. Schoff

James L. Schoff is a senior fellow in the Carnegie Asia Program. His research focuses on U.S.-Japan relations and regional engagement, Japanese technology innovation, and regional trade and security dynamics.

Patricia Falcone

Patricia Falcone is deputy director for science & technology and chief technology officer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Ryosuke Kodama

Ryosuke Kodama is director of the Institute for Laser Engineering at Osaka University.

Dmitri Kusnezov

Dmitri Kusnezov is deputy undersecretary for AI and technology at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Seiichi Shimasaki

Seiichi Shimasaki is science counselor at the Embassy of Japan.

Douglas Rake

Douglas Rake is president and CEO of Racke Strategies & Technologies, Inc.