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Outline of NINS and Each Institute, etc.

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan [NAOJ]

The protoplanetary disk around the young star HL Tauri taken with ALMA(© ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO))

NAOJ is the national center for astronomical research in Japan. It aims to develop a stronomy and related sciences by promoting the open use of its state-of-theart observation facilities such as the Subaru Telescope, organizing various jointresearch programs, and encouraging versatile international cooperation.

National Institute for Fusion Science [NIFS]

The LHD maintains high temperature plasmas in steady state.

NIFS conducts collaborative research in the basic science of high-temperature plasmas and fusion engineering. Our collaborators from all over the world conduct leading projects in Large Helical Device (LHD) experiments and computer simulations in order to realize “a sun on the earth,” controlled fusion, which is a new, safe, and environmentally friendly energy source.

National Institute for Basic Biology [NIBB]

The Medaka Bioresource Facility provides various strains and mutants of medaka to researchers worldwide.

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 [NIPS]

The reconstructed 3D image of the human brain from fMRI data, color-coded according to function

NIPS’ 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 “body and mind” 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 [IMS]

Stacked column-like polymer with novel functions

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 [CNSI]

Software that can be used to detect lesion region was developed. The original image is shown at the left and the image after analysis is at the right (the lesion is indicated by an arrow).

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 two departments: the Department of Brain Sciences and Department of Imaging Science. CNSI is promoting the expansion of new creative research communities and research that is linked to academic development.

Astrobiology Center [ABC]

Discovery image of a giant planet (upper right) around a sun-like star (lower left).

As a result of developments in extrasolar planet observations, astrobiology research to explore “life in the Universe” and uncover its mysteries has become a pressing subject.
ABC advances this field by combining disciplines, promotes research into extrasolar planets and life both within and outside of the Solar System, and develops observational instruments for these purposes.

Okazaki Research Facilities

The Okazaki Research Facilities consists of four centers: the Okazaki Institute for Integrative Bioscience, the Research Center for Computational Science, the Center for Experimental Animals, and the Center for Radioisotope Facilities. These facilities are intended for the common use of NIBB, NIPS, and IMS.