In September 2020, Washington CORE supported the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) with its efforts to advertise its new MILLENNIA Program*. The MILLENNIA Program, sponsored by JST, is a multifaceted research challenge geared toward young professionals. Organizers will select twenty teams whose proposals seek to tackle the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the world’s economy and society.
JST asked visionary leaders to help the MILLENNIA Program by promoting, facilitating, and guiding the chosen teams along this journey. One of these leaders is Dr. Sachiko Kuno whose video message to potential applicants was produced by Washington CORE. Dr. Kuno is a well-known scientist, serial bio startup creator and now, a philanthropist, who has been supporting forward-looking entrepreneurs eager to address challenging problems facing society.
In her message, Dr. Kuno discussed 3 important factors key to achieving success in problem-solving ventures. First, “Trust” is essential in today’s technologically dependent society. People are asking “who do you trust?” “what do you trust?” and “do you trust yourself?” etc. Second, “Grit” is a necessary ingredient for a successful endeavor. Will you be able to persevere until the end? Do you have the courage to pursue your goal, be it climbing a mountain or reaching the moon? Third, “Humility” and “Compassion” are critical traits as the work often involves being part of a team.
Dr. Kuno concluded that no one knows what the world will be like in 2050, especially since past knowledge and experience is not as relevant as it once was. She envisions herself walking this journey with scientists, engineers, philosophers, and creators and exploring ideas and solutions with them. She does not see herself telling them what to do. She is encouraging all who are interested to apply for the MILLENNIA Program. Washington CORE is honored to support this video production and to convey Dr. Kuno’s inspirational message to the world.