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ISSUE 52 : Archipelago Futurism?
War and Research Institute
戰爭與研究機構 (「大東亞臺灣科學團的動向」特輯)
May 12th, 2022Type: Art Production
Author: 池田鐵作 (Ikeda Tetsusaku), 楊雨樵 (中譯) Editor: Rikey Tenn
Quote From: 臺灣當代文化實驗場《場所檔案》#2
Note: Written by Ikeda Tetsusaku, then Director of the Industrial Research Institute of the Taiwan Governor-General’s Office, this article was published in the Taiwan Times in 1942 as part of its “Greater East Asia Taiwan Science Group’s Movement” series to address the roles, functions, and latest developments of the Institute. As Taiwan had achieved a certain level of success in the progress of industrialization by that time, Ikeda began this article by emphasizing the word “research” in the name of the Institute to petition the central Japanese government for their recognition of the importance and potential of future industrial research applications. He also discussed how Japan could miss opportunities for future development if it failed to respond to the rapidly changing international situations, whereas if the government were to take advantage of governing Taiwan, Japan’s “southern expansion” plan would be much easier with the development of industrial research. Ikeda further called on the government to establish a special organization to oversee all research units for better strategic management, and he urged all researchers and those involved to cooperate for the great cause, even sacrificing themselves if necessary. Meanwhile, he also asked the administrative units of all industries to build communication channels with their corresponding research institutes. On one hand, this would ensure the synchronization between policies and research; on the other, it would also allow experts to provide their own professional opinions to accelerate the industrial development.