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Tansei 17: Inside Cover and Credits

Tansei 17: Takaaki Kajita's Nobel Prize: an "Oscillating" Testament to Creative Collaboration

Welcome to the 17th issue of the English edition of Tansei. This issue focuses on two special topics: the winning of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics by Professor Takaaki Kajita, the director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research and President Makoto Gonokami's action plan The University of Tokyo: Vision 2020. In fact, President Gonokami's vision of making the University of Tokyo act as a global base for knowledge collaboration has been backed by Professor Kajita whose discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass, was worldly recognized as ground-breaking research that broadened the horizons of human knowledge. In the first half, the history of Professor Kajita's exciting research and the moving memories of his spectacular days at the Nobel Week are introduced. In the last half, the meaning of "synergy between excellence and diversity," one of keywords used in Vision 2020, is unveiled from the discussion with the president and plan's co-writers. In the last section, the Campus Walk series invites you to partake in the natural scenery on the Komaba Campus.

Shinji Suzuki
University of Tokyo Public Relations Office

The cover of this edition of Tansei features the photomultiplier tube made by Hamamatsu Photonics that is exhibited adjacent to the UTokyo Community Center. This kind of sensor is indispensable to the operation of the Super-Kamiokande device. What does the "big eye," which brought two Nobel Prizes to UTokyo, see happening on the Hongo Campus?

About Tansei

Tansei is the magazine of the University of Tokyo. The school color of the University of Tokyo is light blue (tansei in Japanese). It was first used in a rowing regatta between the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University in 1920. The choice of light blue or dark blue was decided by drawing lots. Kyoto drew dark blue and Tokyo light blue, and these have been the two universities' respective colors ever since.


Print Edition

Produced by the University of Tokyo Public Relations Office
Executive Vice President: Hayashi Towatari
Director: Shinji Suzuki (Director of the Public Relations Office & Professor, School of Engineering)
Vice Director: Kaori Hayashi (Deputy Director of the Public Relations Office & Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies)
Takashi Furumura (Professor, Earthquake Research Institute)
Jiro Takai (Public Relations Group)
Mami Yagihashi (Public Relations Group)


Art Direction: Mitsunobu Hosoyamada (Hosoyamada Design Office)
Design: Christian Cesar Gusukuma (Hosoyamada Design Office)
Photos: Junichi Kaizuka (front cover; "Behind The University of Tokyo: Vision 2020")
Printing: Tosho Printing Co., Ltd.
Date of Publication: March 9, 2016

Web Edition

Produced by the University of Tokyo Public Relations Office
Editing and Translation: Raita Taguchi, Whitney Matthews
Design and Production: Nami Kikuchi


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This English-language edition of Tansei is available online only and does not feature all of the articles included in the Japanese edition.

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