Read about international media coverage of OIST.

Ishigaki Blue Exhibition

The Exhibition "Ishigaki Blue" which is currently being held in the tunnel was featured in NHK Okinawa's evening news on June 22.

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OIST Zebra Finch Auditory Memory Research in the News

OIST's story "The Sound of Music: How the Songbird Learns its Melody," has been covered in the following media outlets: 


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After Seeing the Movie "Of Earth, Rain, and Fire" by Dr. Sajiki

Dr. Kenichi Sajiki has contributed a cinematic review to Ryukyu Shimpo.

He shared his feelings of "Okinawan strength" invoked by "Of Earth, Rain, and Fire(あめつちの日々)," a documentary movie of Master Yoneshi Matsuda, who is one of the masters of Kitagama, an Okinwan collective pottery kiln in Yomitan village.


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"Functional Foods" -- Okinawa Mozuku (Cladosiphon okamuranus Tokida)

"Nikkei Biothech" on the issue of June 13, 2016 covered the ongoing genome decoding project of Okinawa Mozuku (Cladosiphon okamuranus Tokida) conducted by Marine Genomics Unit.

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"Ishigaki Blue" Engage OIST's Researchers' Heart

QAB News featured our "Ishigaki Blue" exhibition.

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Prof. Thomas Busch, the interview featured

Prof. Thomas Busch and his unit has been featured on the website "Welcome to the Quantum World", the outreach page of the National Institute for Informatics in Tokyo.


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"Functional Foods" -- Sea Cavier (Caulerpa lentillifera)

Marine Genomics Unit's ongoing research, the sea cavier (Caulerpa lentillifera) genome decoding, was introduced in an article of Nikkei Biothech on the issue of May 16th, 2016.

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Dr. Friedman, contributing to the establishment and promotion of OIST, receives the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun Award

Dr. Jerome Friedman received local reporters during his stay in Okinawa after he received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun Award. The Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV) news broadcast his interview and showed his contribution to OIST in its early days.

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Antioxidents to Stay Young : Majour Source is Well-known Beverage

Inspired by an interview with Prof. Mitsuhiro Yanagida (G0 Cell Unit), Nikkei Business Publications' reporter proposed ways to intake more antioxidant in order to keep readers young.

Prof. Yanagida explained about 14 age-related compounds in human blood based on his latest study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. He emphasized the importance of antioxident to stay healthy throughout our life.

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Gender Equality is a common agenda for Japan and the US

Dr. Machi Dilworth, OIST's Vice President of Gender Equality was interviewed by "Science Portal", a website run by JST.

She talked about her experience as a female scientist and an administrator in science in the US and Japan.

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Local Broadcaster RBC Report on Photographer Shawn Miller

OIST recently hosted a photo exhibition by Mr. Shawn Miller "Nature Therapy" which drew not only visitors to OIST but also media attention. One such press coverage was by the local Ryukyu Broadcasting Company (RBC) , which was broadcast during its evening prime-time news program. You can watch the whole report on YouTube. Enjoy!

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"Today's Daring" (updated w/t translation)

During his visit at OIST last Sunday to this Monday, Mr. Shigesato Itoi, a well known copywriter and essayist in Japan received a good vibrations from OIST students. He writes his short essay "Today's Daring 今日のダーリン" everyday and today, he mentioned OIST in it.  (Translation is provided below.)

His website “Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shimbun” ( is the most viewed “personal” website in Japan, hitting 1.5 million page views per day. His Twitter account has 1 million followers.


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