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Greetings from the President

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I would like to inform you that effective April 1, 2022, I have assumed new duties as President taking over the duties of former President Akio Komori. 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 has provided researchers at universities and research institutes nationwide with the joint use of our state-of-the-art equipment and a place for leading joint research as a core research institute in the field of natural sciences involved in space, energy, materials, life, etc., and with striving to enhance the roles and functions of each research institute by consensus of researcher communities, has pressed ahead with cutting edge research in each specialized field.

On the other hand, since the inter-university research institutes were reorganized into four organizations by incorporation in 2004, the national university corporations and inter-university research institute corporations themselves have voluntarily and independently implemented university reforms in the last 18 years in order to strengthen their position as institutes that conduct education and research, and leading to find an appropriate direction between the operation of each research institute, which originally has a different researcher community, and the operation of the organization as a whole has become more important.

NINS has promoted research in a wide range of academic fields, from astronomy to brain science, and each of the five research institutes, which are constituent institutes, has research communities based on different academic fields. With a view to expanding academics and creating new interdisciplinary fields, development confined within one research institute corporation has been limited, and discussions by the entire inter-university research institute corporation have been indispensable. The 4th medium-term goal period, which begins in FY 2022, is an important period for questioning the future of inter-university research institutes.

These institutes have provided the basis for developing original research and have played a role in supporting researchers at Japanese universities to continue to produce high-quality research. Their mission has been to flourish with research communities centered on universities.

NINS has played an important role in leading research communities centered on Japanese universities as a body that supports a wide range of researcher communities from astronomy to brain science. To move toward a future with a sense of pride through technological innovation and social innovation, it is essential to promote the utilization of higher education human resources. As a leading institute for research communities, NINS will contribute to the importance of higher education and activities to promote the penetration of higher education human resources into society through science.

We look forward to your continued support and cooperation to NINS.


April 2022