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@@@@@@Invitation to Join the Forum of X-Center Japan (FoXc-J)

1. Almost two years have passed since Japanfs March 11 earthquake in 2011. Anxiety gbeyond anticipation (BA)h has dramatically increased since then. Looking at the current global socio-economy, we can clearly observe that it is in the midst of BA due to such events as the U.S. sub-prime mortgage crisis, the Lehman Shock, a Euro currency crisis, Japanfs March 11 disaster, flooding in Thailand, Hurricane Sandyfs damage to New York, the Senkaku Islands dispute and Boeingfs 787 problems.

2. Digitalization of manufacturing processes and a third industrial revolution initiated by the gMaker movementh (a consumer rather than producer initiative in manufacturing) represent another stream of BA that has shaken up the business model of firms. Trends in aging and a declining birthrate may also lead to a BA world once they exceed a certain threshold.

3. Dramatic advancement of the Internet in terms of its diffusion speed and scope has triggered revolution in Arabic nations, contributing to the recent tragedy of terrorism in Algeria. The Maker movement has also been triggered by this development.

4. It can be broadly demonstrated by not a little historical evidence that countermeasures to the above BA incidents have dramatically changed the comparative advantage positions of nations, cities, industries and firms.

5. Japan has historically reacted very well to BA issues, and its firms have gained repulsive power as a result of BA crises. Typical accomplishments can be seen in its countermeasures to the energy crises of 1973 and 1979 as well as appreciation of the yen due to the Plaza Accord in 1985. Such elastic repulsive power toward recovery from damage can be regarded as gresilience.h

6. Evidence of such performance was demonstrated by the surprisingly prompt recovery from the supply chain system disruption due to the Great East Japan Earthquake as well as major flooding in Thailand during 2011. Such resilience impressed countries around the world.

7. However, notwithstanding such an accomplishment, the extraordinary resilience that transformed crises into a springboard for innovation has recently disappeared and discouraged other countries of the world.

8. Since it has been difficult to stand by and accept such a change, we have endeavored to explore international challenges regarding this important subject with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) by working primarily with Professor John Casti, who is a world leading scientist in the field of complexity science.

9. On the basis of intensive preparatory work, we reached the conclusion to establish an international network for the X-Center endeavor by linking satellite centers in member countries to analyze indigenous resilience issues that are identical to each respective country. Here X implies BA issues.

10. Triggered by this vision, X-Center Vienna initiated by Professor Casti as Director was established in Vienna in January 2012 as the headquarters of the International X-Center Network. Satellite centers in Finland, Scotland, the United States and Korea were subsequently established.

11. Corresponding to such an endeavor, an interdisciplinary fusion research program named gSystems Resilienceh was started by the Research Organization of Information and Systems in April 2012. Similar endeavors to conduct pioneer research on resilient systems were also started by leading universities in Japan such as Tokyo Institute of Technology, Keio University and The University of Tokyo focusing on resilience in the innovation value chain and supply chain management. Analysis of urban resilience was also undertaken by the National Institute for Environmental Studies. In addition, research on the ongoing shift toward a resilient business model corresponding to current new normal circumstances was initiated by high-technology firms.

12. Inspired by such a new stream of resilience research endeavors both inside and outside of Japan, we have decided to establish gForum of X-Center Japan (FoXc-J)h consisting of researchers from government research institute, academia and industry. FoXc-J will aim at exploring effective countermeasures, a systems concept and a methodology of analysis on resilience for current important issues, paying special attention to the interdisciplinary nature of subjects and also developing close cooperation through an international network in relevant research areas.

13. FoXc-J will undertake the following activities as its initial endeavor while inviting additional members having the same concerns to cooperate and also work in close collaboration by means of an international network:

Active interaction with the International X-Center Network and holding symposiums, seminars and workshops by inviting members of the Network;
(2) Exchange of findings obtained from research activities, colloquiums and joint study among Forum members;
(3) Publication of a newsletter reporting on forefront research activities concerning resilience research and issues; and
(4) Publication of an academic journal demonstrating results of forefront research on resilience.

14. We are looking forward to working with ambitious challengers that share the same consciousness.

28 January 2013, Forum of X-Center Japan (FoXc-J)
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Core Founding Members of the Forum of X-Center Japan (FoXc-J)
Chihiro Watanabe
(Acting Director)
Prof. Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Visiting Prof., National University of Singapore,
Visiting Professor, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, Research Scholar, Intl. Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Masahiro Ibaragi
Strategic Planning Manager, Intellectual Property Strategy Div,.Innovation Headquarters,Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Visiting Researcher,The Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan
Hiroshi Maruyama
Prof. The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Research Organization of Information and Systems
Hiroaki Matsukawa
Prof. Dept. of Administration Engineering, Keio University, Director, Japan Management Training Center,
Auditor, Division Chair, Japan Industrial Management Association
Kazuhiro Minami
Research Associate Professor,The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Research Organization of Information and Systems
Yoshiki Yamagata
Principal Researcher, Center For Global Environmental Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies,Visiting Prof.,
The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Research Scholar, Intl. Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Weilin Zhao
Senior Associate, Economic Research Center, Fujitsu Research Institute
Noritomo Ouchi
Associate Prof. Dept. of Industrial Systems and Engineeritn, Aoyama Gakuin University
Koji Tokimatsu
Assoc. Prof. Dept. of Environmental Science and Technology, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Visiting research scientist of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Miki Sakamoto
Secretary to FoXc-J