A cafe will open on June 20 in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward for rikejo, or female college students majoring in science, to mingle with each other.
At the RKJcafe, female science students in white lab coats will serve customers with drinks in beakers and test tubes.
The cafe will operate exclusively on weekends. Not only female university students studying science but also middle and high school girls who wish to major in science at university can use the cafe free of charge.
RKJcafe was planned by Knowledge Hands, an employment support company in Minato Ward, Tokyo. According to the company, women account for only 10 per cent to 30 per cent of all the students at science and technology departments at universities. When they want to speak with students of the same gender, they can find only a few female students around them.
The company aims to make the cafe a place where female science majors get together and exchange information on their research projects and private lives, and on job hunting activities with an eye on marrying and having babies in the future.
The RKJcafe will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at a restaurant that serves general customers on weekdays. The cafe serves a monthly special drink, organises events such as making accessories in the shape of chemical substance structures and holds science demonstrations.
Kana Takahashi, a female junior student at Tokyo University of Science, is a staff member of the cafe. She said: "Complaining about research is readily accepted between science girls. Also, I want to hear from other girls about their research in different fields."
RKJcafe is on the fifth floor of a building in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo.
June's special drink is yogurt lassi. Admission charged to customers other than female science majors is ¥300 (S$3.27).