National Institutes of Natural Sciences is one of four inter-university research institute corporations that were reorganized as a result of incorporation as independent administrative entities in April 2004. Five research institutions, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Mitaka City, Tokyo and other locations), National Institute for Fusion Science (Toki City, Gifu), National Institute for Basic Biology (Okazaki City, Aichi), National Institute for Physiological Sciences (Okazaki City, Aichi) and Institute for Molecular Science (Okazaki City, Aichi), cooperate with each other and aspire for the promotion of research in natural science in the fields of astronomy, material science, energy science, bioscience, etc.
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National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
NAOJ is the national center of astronomical research in Japan. It aims at developing astronomy and related sciences by promoting the open use of its state-of-the-art observation facilities such as the Subaru Telescope, organizing various joint-research programs, and encouraging versatile international cooperation.
National Institute for Fusion Science
NIFS conducts collaborative research into the basic science of high-temperature plasmas and fusion engineering. Our collaborators from all over the world use computer simulations and experiments on the Large Helical Device (LHD) as their leading projects in order to realize ga sun on the earth,h controlled fusion, which is a new, safe, and environmentally friendly energy source.
National Institute for Basic Biology
The earth is filled with living organisms exhibiting various forms and demonstrating shapes and behaviors adapted to diverse environments. NIBB, in collaboration with outside researchers, studies the essential phenomena underlying the characteristics and abilities that animals and plants have acquired over the long course of evolution.
National Institute for Physiological Sciences
NIPSf goals are to uncover the mechanisms by which the human body functions. This is the basis of medical science and links to clarifying the pathophysiology of various diseases. Presently our focus is on brain science as the main part of gbody and mindh research. Furthermore, as a national center of physiological research, the institute provides facilities and research staff for collaborative studies to scientists from universities and research institutes.
Institute for Molecular Science
The aim of IMS is to investigate fundamental properties of molecules and molecular assemblies through both experimental and theoretical methods. Since its inception, IMS has made its facilities available to the worldwide scientific community, with a policy which has fostered many joint programs involving IMS scientists.
Center for Novel Science Initiatives
Expanding research methods and inter-disciplinary exchange in natural sciences research is on the cusp of giving birth to new fields of research. NINS established the Center for Novel Science Initiatives (CNSI) and has been promoting research in the following three departments: the Department of Brain Sciences, Department of Imaging Science, and Department of Astrobiology. CNSI is promoting the expansion of new creative research communities and research that is linked to academic development.