Research Japan aggregates research-related news from the following institutions, listed alphabetically:

About Institutions

Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo is one of the largest university-attached research institutes in Japan. More than 120 research laboratories, each headed by a faculty member, comprise IIS, with more than 1,000 members including approximately 300 staff and 700 students actively engaged in education and research. Our activities cover almost all the areas of engineering disciplines. Since its foundation in 1949, IIS has worked to bridge the huge gaps that exist between academic disciplines and real-world applications. For more information please see:

Kumamoto University
Kumamoto University’s origins go as far back as 1756 with the formation of the university hospital and schools of medicine and pharmacy. Now, we are increasing the number of global partner institutions and international research centers to create a “Truly Global University.” When combined with our multiple faculties these developments cultivate competent, internationally minded leaders and professionals who are prepared for the world’s future challenges.  For more information please see:

Kyoto University
Kyoto University is one of Japan and Asia’s premier research institutions, founded in 1897 and responsible for producing numerous Nobel laureates and winners of other prestigious international prizes. A broad curriculum across the arts and sciences at both undergraduate and graduate levels is complemented by numerous research centers, as well as facilities and offices around Japan and the world. For more information please see:

Kyoto University Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS)
At iCeMS, our mission is to explore the secrets of life by creating compounds to control cells, and further down the road to create life-inspired materials.

The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization(NARO)
NARO is one of the core agricultural research institute in Japan. Various research institutions focusing on agricultural research are integrated and there are approximately 3,300 members including more than 1830 researchers. We are pursuing research initiatives aiming to provide stable supply of safe, reliable and high-quality agricultural products and contribute to the government’s economic growth policy through strong industrialization of agriculture and increased share of agricultural products in the global market. Website:

The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
Established in 1988, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) is a research institute under the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) in Japan. As the national center of astronomical research in Japan, NAOJ utilizes our full strength to play a key role in establishing new paradigms for understanding the Universe, the Earth, and life as a whole. For this purpose, NAOJ observes various objects and investigates the fundamental theoretical laws behind the observed phenomena. NAOJ also develops new technology to support these activities. Please see our homepage:

The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
NIES is Japan’s only research institute that undertakes a broad range of environmental research in an interdisciplinary and comprehensive manner. Since its inception in 1974, NIES has played a vital role in solving a variety of environmental problems. NIES shall continue to conduct broad-based research that covers the environmental science field in its entirety (Synthesize), promote comprehensive research that seeks to cover everything from the basics to social implementation (Integrate), further advance and enhance research networks domestically and globally (Network), and carry out research of a high level that contributes to broadly understanding and solving environmental problems (Evolve), thereby appropriately disseminating its store of scientific knowledge.

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)
The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is a pioneering graduate university conducting research that bridges disciplines to explore new frontiers of scientific knowledge as well as educating a new generation of scientific leaders. All activities are conducted in English, OIST is a catalyst for an innovation hub in the region.

Osaka City University
Osaka City University (OCU), the first municipal university as established in Japan, celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2020. Today, it is the 2nd-largest municipal university in the country as well as the only one comprehensive university within the city of Osaka, the 2nd biggest city in Japan.

OCU is composed of eight faculties and ten graduate schools (Business, Economics, Law, Literature and Human Sciences, Science, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Human Life Science and Urban Management). It has about 8,000 students and 700 academic staff members. OCU has two Nobel Prize winners; Dr. Yoichiro NAMBU and Dr. Shinya YAMANAKA.

As an urban-based university, OCU emphasizes studies and research relevant to the integrated issues that modern cities have.  Three of OCU’s leading interdisciplinary research focus on next-generation energy problems, health science and disaster prevention issues. OCU is proud of its top-class research reputation underlain by the number of research projects granted by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
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Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tokyo Tech stands at the forefront of research and higher education as the leading university for science and technology in Japan. Tokyo Tech researchers excel in fields ranging from materials science to biology, computer science, and physics. Founded in 1881, Tokyo Tech hosts over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students per year, who develop into scientific leaders and some of the most sought-after engineers in industry. Embodying the Japanese philosophy of “monotsukuri,” meaning “technical ingenuity and innovation,” the Tokyo Tech community strives to contribute to society through high-impact research.

Tokyo Institute of Technology The Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI)
The Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) Launched in 2012, ELSI is one of Japan’s ambitious World Premiere International research centers, whose aim is to achieve progress in broadly inter-disciplinary scientific areas by inspiring the world’s greatest minds to come to Japan and collaborate on the most challenging scientific problems. ELSI’s primary aim is to address the origin and co-evolution of the Earth and life.

The University of Tokyo
The University of Tokyo is Japan’s leading university and one of the world’s top research universities. The vast research output of some 6,000 researchers is published in the world’s top journals across the arts and sciences. Our vibrant student body of around 15,000 undergraduate and 15,000 graduate students includes over 2,000 international students. Find out more at or follow us on Twitter at @UTokyo_News_en.