Proposals and Announcements

July 2015

In July 2015, RUNJ announced the proposal for the research enhancement in Japaneses research universities and institutes (in Japaneses).

Together with the announcement of the proposal, RUNJ disseminated the list of the strength of the member research universities/institutes (July, 2015).

Hokkaido University

University of Tsukuba

Computer Science

Researches on the ultra-high-speed simulation and large-scale data analysis in various scientific fields are performed. Ultra-high-speed computing as well as networking technology system is developed, which leads to innovative applications of of information technology. (Center of Computational Science)

Multidisciplinary Research fields on Life Sciences

The world-class cutting-edge researches in the life sciences fields are performed and novel multidisciplinary fields are being opened. (Life Science Center of Tsukuba Alliance of Research Center)

Gathering the world-class researchers in the field of the neuroscience of a sleep/wake cycle and related areas at IIIS (International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine), we try to elucidate control mechanism of the sleep/wake cycle. We also try to develop a method to intervene in the sleep cycle as a means of diagnosing and treating sleep disorder as well as related metabolic and mental diseases.


Cybernics(multidisciplinary research fields of Human, Mechanics, & Information System)promotes innovative research and development of supporting, enhancing and extending the function of human body. We try to implement such cutting-edge assistive technologies into society. (Center for Cybernics Research)

Algal Biomass

We are trying to produce various algae as new sources for renewable products, such as cosmetics, animal feeds, or energy.

Chiba University

Immune system Regulation and Innovative Therapeutics

We conduct basic and clinical research of immunological response, and development research of new therapies to combat immune-related intractable diseases including allergies, autoimmune diseases, cancers, and arterial diseases. We believe utilization of our immune-related international researcher network is vital to “clarification of pathology and treatment development.”

Material science

Chiral lights with structured wavefronts and polarizations enable us to provide a variety of structured matters, such as chiral plasmonic pillars and chiral meta-surfaces on a nano-scale. This project aims to open the doors to advanced chiral material sciences and innovations, e.g., polymorph control of organic crystals and dynamics control of molecular motors, by employing the chiral lights technologies together with chemistry and biotechnology.

Hadron Astrophysics

Study on the origin of high energy cosmic rays and their acceleration mechanism via observations of high energy cosmic neutrinos and numerical simulations of the plasma dynamics. We play a leading role in the IceCube international neutrino observatory in Antarctica, establishing the newly emerged science called Neutrino Astronomy.

Multimodal quantitative medical engineering

The Aim of this project is to establish fundamentals of comprehensive characterization of biological tissues with multiple imaging modalities (ultrasound, MRI, optics, X-ray, etc.) and its application to precisely-localized and minimally invasive treatment of diseases.

Plant molecular science

By the elucidation of plant genome and chemicals with environmental response,this project aims to understand molecular basis of producibility of useful metabolites in plants and to apply the obtained knowledge to food science and drug development.

Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT)

Development of fiber laser apparatus providing both high intensity and ultra-short pulses

Using optical elements developed by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, one of its joint research partners, TUAT has successfully completed a prototype of ultra-fast ytterbium fiber laser apparatus that directly generates high-intensity laser pulses having pulse widths of 65 femtoseconds.

Development of new robot-perspective position recognition system

In collaboration with Hitachi, Ltd., TUAT has developed a new map representation system for use by robots. Unlike conventional approaches that express position as coordinates (xyz values), the new system expresses position from a robot-centric perspective.

Whole genome sequencing of high oil content diatoms

TUAT has successfully sequenced the whole genome of Fistulifera solaris, a marine diatom that accumulates high quantities of oil, and clarified the metabolic pathways involved in oil synthesis. The results are anticipated to help clarify the oil accumulation mechanisms of microalgae and improve biofuel productivity in the future.

Clarifying forest nitrogen removal capacity using newly established nitrogen cycle analysis method

In collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, TUAT has established a new method for analyzing the stable nitrogen oxygen isotope ratios of nitrate nitrogen in the forest ecosystem and oxygen isotope anomalies. Using this method, TUAT has clarified that denitrification reactions caused by microorganisms remove nitrogen from forest ecosystems in considerably greater volumes than previously assumed.

Development of new method for changing molecular structures of cell wall lignin

In collaboration with the Nagaoka University of Technology, the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, RIKEN, and other parties, TUAT has developed a new technique for changing the structure of lignin, which accumulates in large quantities in plant cell walls, to facilitate its decomposition. Ultimately, the technique is expected to significantly suppress CO2 emissions in the production of biofuels and other materials from plants.

The University of Electro-Communications (UEC)

Optical Engineering and Photon Science

The university of Electro-Communications (UEC) is in the forefront of building cuttingedge technologies in creating a novel principle on coherent manipulation between light and matter, in exploiting multifunctional laser materials, and in developing new lasers with extreme performance of ultra wideband and ultra high-intensity, consistently since the 21st century COE program launced in 2003.

Principle of Informatics

UEC has a lot of researchers who are actively engaged in the fundamental theory of data compression and encryption, network encoding, information security and artificial intelligence, and pursuing the implementation for practical applications with highly established security.

Communication and Network Engineering

The researchers of the Advanced Wireless and Comunication Research Center at UEC are working on the implementation of social infrastructure through ambient wireless technologies, for example, the establishment of design technology independent of transmission media layer networks, and the hardware innovation for improving the performance of 5th generation mobile communication requiring bandwidth expansion and high speed transmission rate.

Computer Science

The researchers in informatics and information systems at UEC have achieved substantial results in the development of high-performance computing systems with ease of use, and high-throughput and more intelligent media processing, as well as in the implementation of secure infrastructure of computer systems, operating systems and language processors.


The researchers at UEC are actively exploring research on designing self-contained robots through the analysis of human and animal behaviour for sensing and motion, and thereby nurturing young engineers with strong emphasis on mechatronics with experiments from early stages in undergraduate courses.

Niigata University


・Our physics department has been assessed as having equivalent achievements as world-leading level at the Redefinition of University Mission by MEXT in 2013.
・Researchers have been carrying out top-level studies in various branches of physics including elementary particles, atomic nuclei, astrophysics, and condensed matter physics.


・Our engineering research group conducts world class research in solar hydrogen production by means of thermochemical water-splitting using concentrated solar radiation.
・Our research is being highly advanced in the areas of remote sensing (communication), biomechanics and tribology (mechanical engineering).


・Our research group has revealed that autophagy prevents various life-threatening diseases through cellular homeostasis.
・On the basis of our strong collaboration with clinical laboratories, we pursue an interdisciplinary research to understand the role of autophagy in the suppression of aging and human diseases such as cancer and neurodegeneration.


Periodontal disease increases the risks of various systemic diseases. Our dentistry research group has been attempting to demonstrate the disturbances in gut microbiota composition, caused by swallowed periodontal pathogens, and resulting change of metabolism and immune system as possible underlying mechanisms linking periodontal disease and systemic diseases.

Brain research

・Our Institute specialities in research focussed on diseases of the central nervous systems, including basic mechanism, diagnostic strategies and therapeutic strategies.
・In particular, we have one of the largest collection of disease brain tissues. Thus, the researchers in our institute have an advantage in the field of research on human nervous disease using these materials.

Kanazawa University

Nanotechnology and Bioscience
"Development of Nanoscience Research Base by Innovative Atomic Force Microscopy Techniques"

This research aims to strengthen the research ability and foundation of sustainable development of Kanazawa University in the nanoscience field, through atomic force microscopy (AFM) research that is already at the world's highest standard.

"Establishment of Research Base for Nutriton-Related Diseases"

This research focuses on the research of liver nutrition-related deseases such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and cancer, and organopathy caused by excess nutriton, which leads to the development of an advanced medical method of disease prevention/deagnose/treatment.

"Innovative Project of Research Base for Cancer Progression"

This research plans to enforce function of three core research programs of the Cancer Research Institute of Kanazawa University: "Canser Stem Cell Program","Cancer Microenvironment Program" and "Molecules Target Search Program."

"Establishment of a World's Leading Research Center for Cultural Resource Management"

This research promotes further developments of the research, education, and international contribution conducted by the Center for Cultural Resouece Studies of the Institute of Human and Sosianl Sciences,and aims to establish a world-class research center for the "cultural resource management".

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
"Establishment of the Developmental Base for the Innovative Material Science Using Supermolecule"

This research aims to create an innovative supramolecule material though a new idea developed by the combination of research know-how and to improve research competitiveness. This is made possible by the combination of research groups from science and engineering fields and the exchange of supramolecule techniques of each field.

University of Fukui

Advanced medical imaging research

The research on the biological function imaging based on the molecule imaging and radiology. The research on introducing of the advanced medical imaging technology to clinical practice in collaboration with engineering.

Application research and development in the far-infrared region

Performing research and the development of the high-frequency gyrotrons which were originally developed at the Research Center for Development of Far-Infrared Region, University of Fukui and attracting worldwide attentions. The research on FIR spectrometry, spectroscopic techniques, the advanced science research on FIR, and the development of high-power FIR radiation sources aiming to open a new academic field.

The research on nuclear power disaster prevention and risk management

The advanced research on the improving the safety of light-water nuclear reactors and fast fission reactors, the nuclear power disaster prevention and risk management, the decommissioning process of nuclear plants, and minimalizing the environmental burden of nuclear wastes.

The research on teacher education

The training school teachers with practical teaching skills who will fulfill central roles to realize independent and collaborative learning activities among children in school, demanded in knowledge-based social. The research on the teacher education and the other related academic fields involving community of expertise learners.
We promote these activities in collaboration with the Professional Graduate school, the hub schools attached to the University of Fukui, the cooperative schools, the local community, and the local administration.

Child mental development

The basic and practical research on children’s mental development and education through the medical-education collaboration, using the advanced science of brain and psychiatry into which we integrate feedback from educational sites.

Shinshu University


To build up the fundamentals of carbon science and technology is our mission. Based on the foundation, it is one of our goals to produce innovative functions by forming unprecedented nano carbons and utilizing its precise structure control. We have set another aim to apply the primary technologies to environmental energy, resources and biomedical use.


It is vital for us to produce materials, environment-friendly and energy-saving, with the aim of playing our part for a sustainable society. In an attempt to carry out this goal, we are eager to integrate some fields of material science and its related fields.


Fibers are leading-edge materials used in a variety of fields including aircraft, automobiles, medicine and energy. We strive to create "Frontier Fibers": having more functions and capabilities than the original fibers do.


Thanks to our Institute's location- the central region in Japan-, we can make use of advantages from the Japanese Alps and rich nature in the surrounding areas. Conducting observation and research is our mission to conserve nature, forecast the climate, ecosystem, the earth's crustal movements, prevent natural disaster, and manage sustainable natural resource in this area.


We promote research through 4 departments: Advanced Medicine for Health Promotion, Biological Sciences for Intractable Neurological Diseases, Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering and Interdisciplinary Genome Sciences and Cell Metabolism, aiming to make a significant step forwards for the ultra-aging society and innovate biological and biomedical science; contribute to the development of a sustainable society.

Nagoya University

Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech)

Energy saving technology

NITech owns basic science skills applicable to manufacturing the next generation semiconductors for energy efficiency and high performance. NITech focuses to develop the manufacturing technology for the high performance, quality and low-cost gallium nitride on silicon semiconductors (GaN/Si) for practical applications.

Earth environment conrol technology

Through the worldwide research networks of applied chemistry, NITech researches the novel process development for hazardous materials recycles such as Freon 23. This research enables the reuse of hazardous materials as pharmaceutical products, pesticide and others.

Healthcare technology to support the aging population

By collaborating with medical and welfare institutions and industries at Chukyo-region, NITech aims to develop technologies at the commercial level in the fields of healthcare monitoring systems for seniors driven by IoT and robotics technologies such as the passive walker equipment.

Innovative material science

NITech has strong bonds with world leading industries in the field of cars, electrical appliances and materials through close collaborations. NITech researches are focusing on developments of power generationg/ storage elements and the rare earth free materials to avoid the risks to use limited resources. Other approach is the use of different principles such as the field type synchronous motor.

Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT)

Advanced interdisciplinary sensing research

We research and develop sensing devices to create new value by promoting joint researches with many companies and research institutions as utilizing a research facility, “the TUT LSI factory”, that enable us to design, prototype, and evaluate MEMS and Integrated Circuits seamlessly.

Next generation/Symbiosis robotics research

We research robotics technology that enable human-kinds, robots, and building etc. to coexist in symbiosis optimally as utilizing the cutting-edge robotics technology, and cooperating with local medical institution and companies, and promote it to put the technology into practical use.

Agriculture and multiple science & technology integration research

We research to put the leading IT-agriculture and plant factories into practical use as the researchers in various fields, such as sensor, measurement, information, biology, agri-environment and so on, cooperate cross-sectionally. At the same time, we are engaged in nurturing for “IT-Syokunou-sendoshi” toward regional revitalization in eastern part of Miakwa area.

Kobe University


Combining agricultural and engineering research, we carry out joint research with industrial partners involving biomass resource development and evaluation, the production process, and cell factories. We are actively engaged in a project supported by Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology, Creation of Innovative Centers for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Areas, MEXT, Japan.

Membrane and Film Technology

We pursue research and development on membrane separation including collaboration with industrial partners. Membrane separation is used in a wide range of applications such as water reuse and purification, seawater desalination, and carbon dioxide separation. The Center for Membrane and Film Technology is the only institute focusing on membrane technology in Japan. We are also carrying out a regional innovation project.

Signal Transduction

We perform research on signal transduction involved in normal functioning and disordered mechanisms at the cellular and individual levels, from a clinical medicine and life science perspective. The Biosignal Research Center explores research focusing on humans and a variety of other life forms.

Infectious Diseases Research

With the Kobe-Indonesia Collaborative Research Center, we study avian influenza, viral hepatitis, dengue fever, intestinal bacterial infection, and other diseases. We are actively engaged in a project supported by Japan Initiative for Global Network on Infectious Diseases (J-GRID).

Planetary Science

Targeting the origin and evolution of the Solar System planets, the Department of Planetology (Graduate School of Science/ Faculty of Science) and the Center for Planetary Science cover the diverse areas of Earth and planetary sciences including mega eruptions, the origin of Earth's water, and plate movement. We continuously work to broaden and deepen education and research both for the University and external communities and organisations.

Okayama University

The Institute for Study of the Earth's Interior, Okayama University

The mission of the Institute for Study of the Earth's Interior (ISEI) is to understand the origin, evolution, and dynamics of the Earth by applying advanced experimental and analytical techniques. The state of the art experimental and analytical facilities and expertise include ultrahigh-pressure and -temperature devices and comprehensive geochemical and geochronological techniques for elucidating the mysteries of the Earth and other planets. Internationally recognized research at ISEI includes the analysis of fine particles from the Itokawa asteroid brought to Earth by Japan's Hayabusa space probe, and high pressure and temperature experiments simulating deep part of the Earth's mantle. More recently, the ISEI has initiated analysis on the 'Chelyabinsk meteor' that made a spectacular landing in Chelyabinski in the southern Ural region of Russia on 15 February 2013. ISEI is a leading joint use collaborative research institute, and offers opportunities of collaborative research for scientists and students from around the world. ISEI has a five year graduate course, and is looking for prospective students. In summer, the ISEI conducts an international student internship program. Check the institute's website for more information.

Terahertz systems : Unique terahertz chemical microscope for mapping chemical reactions

Imaging systems utilizing terahertz (THz) time-domain spectroscopy (TDS) are attractive for nondestructive testing. However, due to the large absorption of the water in THz frequency, it is not possible to measure the properties of chemicals and/or chemical reactions. Here, a THz chemical microscope (TCM) is proposed and developed for mapping chemical potentials of chemical reactions in a gaseous atmosphere and aqueous solutions. The TCM utilizes a sensing plate, which consists of an insulator thin film and a semiconductor thin film on a sapphire substrate. The existence of defects in the semiconductor thin film, results in the generation of local electric fields by energy band bending in the semiconductor layer near the boundary of the insulator and semiconductor layers. When the femto-second laser pulse hits the sensing plate, the THz pulse—whose amplitude is related to the magnitude of the local fields—is generated.
A chemical reaction is measured by dropping the sample solution onto the sensing plate so as to make contact with the insulator surface. If the chemical reaction proceeds and the chemical potential at the surface of the insulator layer shifts, leading to changes in the magnitude of the local field changes. Thus the chemical reaction at exactly where laser shines can be measured as the amplitude of THz pulse.

Research Core for Extreme Quantum World & Research Center of New Functional Materials for Energy Production, Storage, and Transport

The Research Core for Extreme Quantum World aims to create new fields of fundamental physics combining atomic physics, quantum optics, and chemistry with cosmology and particle physics. The more specific purpose is to open up a new field of “Neutrino mass spectroscopy” with the “macro coherent amplification mechanism”, a new principle invented by our group, and production technology of quantum-coherent targets in nano space. We hope to provide a deeper understanding of the Universe.
The purpose of the Research Center of New Functional Materials for Energy Production, Storage and Transport is to create innovative technology and science to develop new materials and devices for efficient energy production, storage and transport. Thirteen principal investigators actively work on physics, chemistry, biological science and materials science in the center to achieve the above purpose, and the active collaboration with oversea research groups is also constructed.

Tofu-like crystalline catalysts: Demystifying the reaction mechanisms of photosynthesis and the potential for an unlimited source of clean energy

Almost all living organisms, including humans, obtain energy from the sun and oxygen from the splitting of water. The light-driven water-splitting reaction is the first reaction occurring in photosynthesis by various algae and higher plants. Photosynthesis produces molecular oxygen which sustains all oxygenic organisms on the earth, as well as generating protons, electrons for the fixation of carbon dioxide into sugars. This water-splitting reaction is catalyzed by photosystem II, an extremely large, complicated membrane-protein complex located in thylakoid membranes of photosynthetic organisms. We have solved the structure of photosystem II at an atomic resolution, making photosystem II the largest membraneprotein complex with its structure solved at the atomic resolution. Our results provide a key not only to solving the long-standing mystery of photosynthesis but also for the realization of artificial photosynthesis by which clean energy may be obtained efficiently from the sun. For these reasons, the elucidation of the mechanism of light-induced water-splitting was selected as one of the "Breakthroughs of the Year 2011" by the journal Science.

Okayama University Hospital : “mega-hospital” in Japan

Okayama University Hospital is a highly advanced facility in Japan in terms of the promotion of highly advanced medical technology, such as organ and stem cell transplantation, and the development of state-of-the-art treatment, such as gene and cell therapy. We are striving to continue to develop new medical care, and to create and practice advanced medical care that remains unavailable at other facilities. To this end, the hospital has set upwidely various centers, including the Center for Innovative Clinical Medicine and Head and the Neck Cancer Center, providing a high level of medical care making use of the collaboration of unique clinical departments at the university hospital. The hospital continues to strive to achieve a hospital environment that can foster warm human relationships in medical care and give peace of mind, practicing safe, gentle, and fair medicine for all people who come to the hospital.

Hiroshima University

Yamaguchi University

Kyushu Institute of Technology

Next-generation power electronics

To contribute to realize high energy efficient society with electronics technology.
•Design of New Generation Siliocon Power Devices
•Digital and Network Technology for Power Device Control
•Power Electronics Reliability Research with Real-time Monitoring Technology
•Integration Technology Development for High Power Density Converters

Spacecraft environmental interaction engineering

In order to achieve the next generation of space utilization, following topics are in effect at the research and development center of the harsh space environmental technology.
The simulation test on the ground for resistance of radiation, thermal shock, and collision are operated.
Ultra-small satellites are conducted for the universal demonstration.

Dependable integrated system

To create highly reliable and high-quality next-generation integrated systems for the advanced information society, following researches are in operation.
Basic and applied technology for researches of high-quality, low-cost test generation of LSI, high precision fault diagnosis, testability design, wireless communication and so on.

Kumamoto University

Stem Cell-Based Tissue Regeneration Research and Education Unit

This group was formed to perform research on "cell lineage control", and has previously been selected as a 21st Century COE and Global COE by MEXT. They promote research on ES cells, iPS cells and tissue stem cells which is expected to be applicable to the fields of medicine and pharmacy.

International Research Center Aiming at the Control of AIDS

In this group, research efforts are organized with an emphasis placed on studies leading to the development of 1) new therapies to cure HIV/AIDS and 2) an HIV/AIDS vaccine. This program also enhances educational opportunities for Ph.D. students and plays a role as a top-level international graduate school.

Pulsed Power Science and Application

This group is constructed of a global-leading team of researchers focused on pulsed power, instantaneous energy, engineering. They promote the development of leading young researchers, new industry creation, and the systematization of impact energy engineering.

International Center of Excellence for Research and Education of KUMADAI Magnesium Alloys

This group has developed an innovative magnesium alloy that is superior in both strength and heat resistance, compared to traditional magnesium alloys, called the "KUMADAI Heat Resistant Magnesium Alloy". They promote research and development on these types of alloys, the development of research personnel and other materials research.

Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST)

University-wide Strengths

As a unique national university composed solely of graduate schools, NAIST provides an outstanding educational and research environment in the areas of information, biological, and materials sciences. The flexible organizational structures promote an interdisciplinary approach to world-leading research on frontier science and technology.

Information Science

Primary focuses are not only limited to fundamental research, but also extended to information processing technology to support human sense and judgment, large-scale information system technology, construction and application of information network, and interdisciplinary research on information and life sciences.

Biological Sciences

Primary focuses are on plant biology, biomedical science, and systems biology. For example, the area of plant biology includes fundamental research on various biological functions of plants and plant cells, as well as applied research on enhancement of crop productivity and environmental resistance.

Materials Science

A primary focus is on ‘photonic nanoscience’, or the application of fundamental research on interactions of light with matter. An interdisciplinary approach to the existing areas of physics, chemistry, and biology promotes construction of new theories and creation of new functional materials.

National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS)


The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, NINS is operating cutting-edge telescopes and super computers including Subaru Telescope. We are building and operating world-class infrastructure for large-scale and international research including ALMA and TMT by entering into an equal partnership with overseas institutes. We are promoting astronomical research in Japan through joint utilization.

Fusion Science

The National Institute for Fusion Science, NINS is striving for the realization of fusion which is expected as a future key energy source. We have researchers from a variety of fields of science and engineering. We are developing international and cutting-edge academic research evolving around large-scale research projects through a wide variety of joint research in Japan and overseas.

Basic Biology

The National Institute for Basic Biology, NINS is conducting research to figure out subjects from the basic principle of living matter to the phenomenon of higher order living matter and promoting joint utilization through the NIBB Core Research Facilities with its state-of-the-art systems including genome and imaging analysis. We are supporting research through the International Bio-Backup Project for Basic Biology Center for the conservation of living resources.

Physiological Sciences

The National Institute for Physiological Sciences, NINS is promoting joint utilization through its wide variety of cutting-edge imaging devices for subjects from molecules and cells to humans including the Phase Contrast Cryo-TEM, Ultra-High-Field 7-Tesla MRI System, Dual Functional MRI that simultaneously measure brain activities of two individuals. We are conducting research on higher brain functions including recognition and learning using humans and primates.

Molecular Science

The Institute for Molecular Science, NINS is conducting research on molecular science using the world-class performance of low-energy synchrotron radiation and ultrashort laser pulse, theoretical and computational molecular science using a supercomputer system, development and evaluation of highly-functional molecular material, and integrative molecular systems that cover living matters.

High Energy Accelerator Research Organization

Particle and Nuclear Physics

Investigate ultimate structure of matter and fundamental laws of physics by joint usage and international research collaboration at the upgraded B Factory, Hadron and Neutrino Experimental Facilities at J-PARC, participation in the ATLAS experiment at CERN, and theoretical study.

Materials Structure Science

Investigate materials structure and functions in a wide range of scales from the atomic level to polymers and biological molecules by domestic and international usage and collaboration at synchrotron light and slow positron facilities as well as neutron and muon beam facilities at J-PARC.

Accelerator Science

Develop accelerator technologies, beam physics, and accelerator operation technology, improve accelerator performance, design, construct, and operate large accelerator facilities as well as develop most advanced accelerators.

Basic Technology Development

Research and develop basic technologies for accelerator and detector developments such as radiation and chemical safety, data and information handling, low-temperature and superconducting technologies and high-precision machining techniques and instrumentation.

Application of Accelerator-related Technologies

Research and develop medical and industrial applications of accelerator and detector technologies.

Research Organization of Information and Systems

Polar sciences

Based on field observations, we promote using the analysis of data modeling and sample processing. The National Institute of Polar Research has been promoting joint research for developing an advanced earth system with a synthetic science view. Those studies include earth science, environmental science, solar-terrestrial system science, space and planetary science, biological science, etc.


The National Institute of Informatics promotes basic research in informatics from a long-term perspective together with practical research designed to solve issues that confront society. NII is also involved in the design, construction, and operation of a high-speed network, called the Science Information NETwork (SINET), academic information circulation systems, and cloud computing-based common information sharing systems.

Statistical mathematics

As the only institution in Japan dedicated to education and research of statistical mathematics, the Institute of Statistical Mathematics carries out research and development on advanced techniques in statistical mathematics, and develops professionals who are capable of rational decision-making based on data.


At the National Institute of Genetics, cutting-edge research is conducted in areas such as cell function, development and differentiation, evolution and diversity, and genome information, aiming to clarify the system of life. In addition, the NIG advances the basis for life science, DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ), as well as the Bioresources Project and Advanced Genomics Project, promoting joint use and research.

Construction of joint use and joint research platform of data centric science

With the rapid progress of information and communication technology, the effective use of big data has become crucial for the development of science and technology, the establishment of data-centric science, regarded as the fourth paradigm science following empirical science, theoretical science and computational science, is essential. Research Organization of Information and Systems builds an infrastructure for research on the utilization of big data and core base for the transdisciplinary research in the related areas to establish data-centric science.

Tokyo Metropolitan University

Tokyo Women's Medical University

Cell Seet Engineering
(Regenerative Medicine Using Cell Seets)

"Cell sheet engineering" is a platform technology for regenerative medicine, exploited in our University, successfully applied to regenerative treatment of cardiac diseases, corneal epithelium, and so on.

Medical Devices Development

SCOT (Smart Cyber Operating Theater) project aims to realize the information-guided precise surgery in the Intelligent Operating Theater. It is a collaborative research project by 5 universities and 14 companies under our University's initiative of Medical/Engineering Cooperation, and supported by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED).

National Bioresource Project for“Nematode C. elegans”

Our University has been acting as the core facility for the nematode C. elegans resources under the National BioResource Project of the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) to promote research of life science.