IntechOpen Regional Research Spotlight Series - Japan

03 May 2016

IntechOpen’s Regional Research Spotlight Series focuses on highlighting fruitful and successful collaborations developed by our team with particular countries and its notable scientists, research institutions and companies actively involved in the field of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM).

While Japan is most known for contributions to the electronics industry, Japanese researchers have been at the forefront of scientific research, technology, machinery, and medical research having been awarded the most Nobel Prizes in Asia.

We have been collaborating with Japanese based researchers since 2004, working with some of the top universities in Japan. Our Japanese authors have participated in 1,555 books, accounting for 66% of IntechOpen’s publications.

Collaboration with Japanese Researchers

From 2004 and 2010 we worked with 136 authors based in Japan, and from 2011 and 2016 that number increased to 4,310 authors, with a total of 2,822 chapters published and more than 70 Book Editors. In addition to this significant increase in collaborations, we have had the opportunity to work with some of the most renowned researchers coming from Japan.

Hiroshi Ishiguro - Innovatory Roboticist

In 2012, IntechOpen’s International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems organized InTeract, an event to showcase the latest developments in the research area of Human Robotics Interaction (HRI).

The event featured worldwide renowned roboticist, Japan’s foremost android scientist, and IntechOpen author, Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, from the University of Osaka.

One of the most well known names in Robotics, he is the recipient of numerous academic accolades, and most recently received the Prize for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), in April of 2015.

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, is the director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, Department of Systems Innovation at Osaka University, and is known for his commitment and achievements in humanoid Robotics. Professor Ishiguro’s efforts focus on the design and engineering of humanoid robots replicating human-like appearances and behaviors. His Geminoid HI-1 Android, built in his likeness, is one of the greatest examples of a humanoid android ever built.

Professor Ishiguro is a true pioneer in android science and robotics research, and it was a privilege to host him and listen to him speak about his research at the InTeract event. 

Junji Kido - Among World's Top 1% Highly Cited Authors

IntechOpen collaborator, Junji Kido, has made Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list for 2015, meaning he is in the top 1% highly cited researchers in the world. The list is released annually to recognize the leading researchers in the field of sciences and social sciences.

Junji Kido from Yamagata University, co-authored Organic Light Emitting Diode - Material, Process and Devices from “Organic Field-Effect Transistors Using Hetero-Layered Structure with OLED Materials” published in 2011. The chapter introduced a new concept of hetero-layered high-performance organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) to improve general performance of OFETs without using the conventional surface treatment methods.

Notable Collaborations

New Trends in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine - Official Book of the Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine

Edited By: Hideharu Hibi and Minoru UedaISBN 978-953-51-1724-7Published September 18, 2014

This book is an edited collection of the achievements of the main members of the Dental Division of the Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine, which derives from the Japanese Forum for Regenerative Dentistry established in 2003. The editors are especially proud to bring together leading biologists and dentists of all specialties. This unique collection of reports on the achievements and experiences of experts from all over the world represents the current spectrum of possibilities in tissue engineering of substitutes not only in dentistry but also in medicine.

Micro-Nano Mechatronics - New Trends in Material, Measurement, Control, Manufacturing and Their Applications in Biomedical Engineering

Edited By Toshio Fukuda, Tomohide Niimi and Goro ObinataISBN 978-953-51-1104-7Published June 5, 2013

Micro/Nano mechatronics is currently used in broader spectra, ranging from basic applications in robotics, actuators, sensors, semiconductors, automobiles, and machine tools. This book presents the project summary for the Center of Excellence for Education and Research of Micro-Nano Mechatronics. The project implements a strategy to realize applications of micro-nano mechatronics, which are based on mechanical engineering or materials science, control systems engineering, and advanced medical engineering. The chapters describe the research advances in micro/nano measurement and control, micro/nano design and manufacturing, nanomaterials science, and their applications in biomedical engineering.

Most Cited Books

Ionic Liquids - New Aspects for the Future

Edited by Jun-ichi KadokawaISBN 978-953-51-0937-2Published January 23, 2013

An up-to-date collection of scientific information on theoretical, generic, and applied areas of ionic liquids, reviewing recent progresses in ionic liquid research on fundamental properties, solvents and catalysts in organic reactions, biological applications, providing energies and fuels, biomass conversions, functional materials, and other applications.

Times Cited (Web of Science): 65


Edited by Mizutani TadashiISBN 978-953-307-544-0Published January 14, 2011

This book explores the progress of thermodynamics as stimulated by the findings of a variety of fields in science and technology. The principles of thermodynamics are so vast that the application is widespread to such fields as solid state physics, chemistry, biology, astronomical science, materials science, and chemical engineering.

Times Cited (Web of Science): 64

Most Cited Chapter

Book Chapter: “Molten Salt Synthesis of Ceramic Powders

By Toshio KimuraKeio University, JapanISBN 978-953-307-505-1Published August 9, 2011

Times Cited (Web of Science): 24

Looking Ahead

As the holder of the largest collection of open access books, we are dedicated to consistently promoting all of our collaborations worldwide with a goal to continue the publication and promotion of research efforts. Our spotlight on Japan is to focus attention on a country that has brought us some of the most important and relevant research. We look forward to not only maintaining but growing in our collaborations with Japanese researchers.

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