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Greetings from the President

Display Page for Printing Update date: July 20, 2018 update

President Greeting 2018

​ ​​ ​The National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) consists of the five research institutes of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the National Institute for Fusion Science, the National Institute for Basic Biology, the National Institute for Physiological Sciences, and the Institute for Molecular Science. And by consensus of the research community as an inter-university research institute, NINS strives to enhance the roles and functions of each research institute and energetically presses ahead with cutting edge research in one's respective specialized fields.
​ ​​ ​In addition, NINS has four research centers: the International Research Collaboration Center (IRCC), the Center for Novel Science Initiatives (CNSI), the Astrobiology Center (ABC), and the Exploratory Research Center on Life and Living Systems (ExCELLS), as interdiciplinary organizations directly operated by NINS. A point to note is that NINS processes some of the world's largest experimental equipment such as the Subaru Telescope of NAOJ, the Large Helical Device (LHD) ofNIFS, and the Ultra Violet Synchrotron Orbital Radiation (UVSOR) ofIMS. NINS makes these facilities available for joint use and joint research performed by researchers and graduate students from Japan and abroad to promote the most advanced research in the world.
​ ​​ ​​ ​In FY 2017, NINS welcomed 13,000 researchers and graduate students as joint users and collaborative researchers. Approximately, 1,000 of them consists of researchers and graduate students from abroad. As an international COE, NINS implements several big international research projects and various international collaborative research programs. This enhances the exchange of human resources, and thus NINS functions as a hub to connect researchers and graduate students both in Japan and overseas. Moreover, NINS conducts postgraduate education, and accepts internship graduate students from abroad to guide their research.

​ ​Though these efforts, NINS promotes cutting edge research, and would like to create new fields which are suitable for the 21st century, and thus contribute to the international society.​ ​


Akio Komori, the President, National Institutes of Natural Sciences