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A message from the Chair of the Hosei University Graduate Schools Committee

Kenji Omori

Thank you for visiting the Hosei University Graduate School website. Our graduate school encompasses 14 graduate schools, 29 majors and two institutes. According to data compiled in 2014, we have 1,377 students engaged in studies and research in master’s degree programs and 361 in doctoral degree programs. Those figures include numerous exchange students and working adults.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology selected Hosei University for the Top Global University Project (Type B: Leading Global) last year. The name of our project is “Creating a global university in Japan—a leading country in problem-solving—that develops initiatives for a sustainable society.” That essentially means we will bring various types of research together on a global scale to establish and promote a sustainable education with features unique to Japan, with the aim of becoming a university that leads the globalization of Japanese society, This includes creating a stable, sustainable economic society through the natural environment as well as advanced education, as well as ensuring the sustainability of our culture with its long history and diverse development. We will be setting sail with these lofty goals, and we will need everyone’s cooperation to achieve them.

I picked up books from various fields to read during the year-end to New Year’s break, including Lawrence Krauss’ A Universe from Nothing and Sho Tada’s Sugoi Uchu Kogi (Lectures about the Universe), which analyze the universe’s beginnings. I also bought Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near and Takuya Matsuda’s 2045 Nen Mondai (The Year 2045 Problem), which predict that a single artificial intelligence will transcend all of humanity’s capabilities in 2045; Matt Ridley’s Nature Via Nurture and Kunihiro Ota’s Epigenomu to Seimei (Epigenome and Life), which discuss whether human capabilities are determined by nature or nurture from the perspective of recent life sciences; and Kazuo Mizuno’s Shihon Shugi no Shuen to Rekishi no Kiki (The End of Capitalism and the Historical Crisis), which discusses today’s chronic economic logjam from new perspectives.

The respective fields above appear to have nothing to do with each other until you realize they are saying the same things when seen from the perspective of phase transitions. “Phase transition” is originally a physics term, describing changes that can definitively be called different states, such as water to steam or water to ice. The books mentioned touch upon the dramatic changes in recent social and economic conditions, as well as in academic disciplines.

I believe everyone can feel that a wave of change is approaching even without reading a summary of these books. Many aspects of what type of “phase” the new era will present are uncertain, but a sustainable society will be a leading candidate among those. Achieving this task will entail many great difficulties, but it will be you who are studying at graduate school who take on the challenges and accomplish it. Please join us in spreading the wings of imagination and creation to build a new age.

Kenji Omori
Professor, Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences
Chair of the Hosei University Graduate Schools Committee

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