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New Links Between Bgu and Japan Seen

New links may be established between Japanese industrialists and Ben Gurion University of the Negev if a Japanese professor has his way.

Prof. Hideo Itokawa, one of the founders of Japan’s aeronautical industry and a leading industrial consultant, announced his intention to establish a group of Associates of Ben Gurion University in Japan, which will help mobilize funds for university research and initiate and promote joint research projects with Japanese institutions.

Itokawa, who led a group of 30 industrialists from Japan on a visit to Israel, expressed his intention after the group spent two days at Ben Gurion University visiting the university’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research at Sde Boker and the Applied Research Institutes in Beersheva, The group expressed particular interest in biotechnological research and in innovative agricultural research aimed at improving the quality of life in Third World arid zones.