Objective and Functions of the Society of Non-Traditional Technology

The main objectives of the Society of Non-Traditional Technology are aimed at conducting research on new developments in the science and technology of materials, investigations on specified subjects, information supply with respect to processing and machining, related technological achievements, etc. The Society was established on July 23rd 1973, and was recognized by the Science and Technology Agency of the Prime Minister's Office, which merged with The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports in 2001 to form a new ministry: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (abbreviation: MEXT).

Technological developments have broadened the range in tandem with the progress made, further enhancing the classification of fields into more specialized subjects, although some subjects of certain fields still remain unexplored.

In coming years, technological innovation is expected to cultivate a new economy, and hence a demand for a series of new, imaginary approaches to unknown fields has arisen and is being addressed by collaborations among the different sectors.

The Society of Non-Traditional Technology is active in developing and exploring new technologies of these unknown subjects beyond their current frontiers, fueled by higher imaginations, freely and dynamically, in contrast to the models of approach that have been employed to date.

In handling the technological problems encountered in these unknown fields, the Society of Non-Traditional Technology has not only established itself with requirements of its own, but also receives cooperation from various public sectors for research development and investigation in technological fields, emphasizing in particular technological know-how.

Presently, the Society of Non-Traditional Technology's activities are centered on the following:

  • I. The organization of workshops and symposia, and newsletter publications on the following subjects
    (domestic and international):
    • Electrical discharge machining technology
    • New magnetic materials
    • Superconductor science and technology
    • Eco-materials
    • Intelligent materials / systems
    • Nano-particles
    • Biometrics / characterizations
  • II. Survey Projects subsidized by branches of the Government of Japan
    • Application trends of superconducting materials and systems
    • Development of a social concept on life cycle assessment in selected countries
  • III. Support for interdisciplinary group activities and meetings
  • IV. Service to the members of the society
    • Monthly newsletter
    • Information supplied through the Home Page
    • Occasional mail notice of government fund announcements