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A Foresight Seminar will be held on 27 July 2017 by NISTEP. Those who would like to attend should send name and affiliation through the E-mail registration by 25 July 2017 18h.

○Speaker: Dr. Tim Jones, Founder and Programme Director, Future Agenda

○Title: Future Agenda – Six Challenges for the Next Decade

○Date: Thursday 27 July 2017; 13h30-15h30 (Room opens from 13h00.)

○Venue: NISTEP Conference Room (16B)
16th Floor, Central Government Building No.7 East Wing
3-2-2, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0013 (maps)

○Language: English

○Purpose the Seminar:
In the globalized society these days, people’s behavioral patterns and ethics/value norms are changing dramatically along with the changes in people’s living situations, living environments, and international relations.
Due to these changes, for example, progress of the sharing economy might be expected to accelerate changes in the fundamentals of corporate organizations and businesses in societies and economies.
In order to systematically foresee the macroscopic social changes, various stakeholders in different cultures, industrial sectors and countries should conduct foresight efforts for future societal issues in an open form.
At this seminar, NISTEP invites Dr. Tim Jones, who has established and operates the Future Agenda and has much experience in conducting a platform for foresight with open multi-stakeholders to facilitate foresight in public institutions, companies, universities, etc., practical methodologies to obtain signs of societal changes will be presented.

○Contact and Registration:
Mr. Nobuyuki Shirakawa, Science and Technology Foresight Center, NISTEP
Tel. 03-3581-0605

Every participant will receive registered invitation in a Pdf form 1 day before the seminar. Printed invitation is required at the entrance of the Building.

National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) annually publishes “Japanese Science and Technology Indicators” which is a basic resource for systematically understanding Japan’s S&T activities based on objective and quantitative data. The latest version is “Japanese Science and Technology Indicators 2016” which was published in August 2016.

We have prepared English translation of the executive summary of the “Science and Technology Indicators 2016.”

Please follow the following links to get more information.

National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) (Director General: Nobuaki KAWAKAMI) has conducted the Japanese National Innovation Survey (J-NIS) in order to examine the state and trend of innovation activities of the private firms in Japan since FY2002. It has recently conducted the fourth round of the survey (the reference period: FY2012‒FY2014), and publishes the preliminary result on it.

The survey results show that there were little change in the ratios of the numbers of realising innovations during this period in Japan as a whole in comparison with those in the previous round of the survey (the reference period: FY2009‒FY2011). Nevertheless, the ratio of the number of realising product innovation is lower than those of realising other types of innovation, such as process, organisational, and marketing innovations, and is likely to be decreasing. It is expected that more firms will introduce products and/or services in future for maintaining the Japanese industrial competitiveness.

The final report of the J-NIS 2015 is scheduled to be published in summer of 2016.


Please see the following link for more details about the preliminary report.

Preliminary Report on the Forth Round of the Japanese National Innovation Survey (J-NIS2015)


In April 1, 2016, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) reorganizes its structure.

About the new organization chart and each of the groups, please see here


Date: March 2 (Wednesday), 2016
Place: Tokyo University of Science, Morito Memorial Hall 1st Forum(4-2-2, Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Japan)
Host: National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP)
Co-host: Tokyo University of Science
Language: English
Capacity: 100 seats
Admission free

Program (tentative):

09:00 Registration
09:30 Opening remark 1
Hitoshi NARA, Director General, NISTEP
09:35 Opening remark 2
Yasutaka MORIGUCHI, Vice-president, Tokyo University of Science
09:50 Session 1: Foresight to utilize chances while preparing risks
Jairus GROVE, Director of Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa (USA)
Marcio de Miranda SANTOS, Executive Director, Center for Strategic Studies and Management in Science, Technology and Innovation (Brazil)
Byeongwon PARK, Director of Center for Strategic Foresight, Science and Technology Policy Institute (Korea)
Surachai SATHITKUNARAT, Executive Director, APEC Center for Technology Foresight (Thailand)
Naoki SAITO, Deputy Director General, NISTEP
13:30 Session 2: Future of aging society
Hiroko AKIYAMA, Professor, Institute of Gerontology, University of Tokyo
Shoji SHINKAI, Vice-Director, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology
14:45 Session 3: Future of disaster risk reduction
Makoto TSUJIMOTO, Director, Graduate School of Global Fire Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science
Shoichi ANDO, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
16:15 Session 4: Possibilities of utilizing Open Science
Jeroen BOSMAN, Faculty liaison for the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University Library (Netherlands)
Kazuhiro HAYASHI, Senior Research Fellow, NISTEP
17:30 Closing Remarks
Naoki SAITO, Deputy Director General, NISTEP


National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) in Japan conducted 10th foresight from 2013 to 2015, as the world still continues to face such issues as global warming and the population structures. Disaster risk reduction and aging society are recognized as being one of the important issues to tackle through international cooperation. Also, the rapid development of ICT will enable researchers and citizens to participate in relevant data in the society of “Open Science.”
To address such issues, NISTEP will host the 7th International Conference on Foresight in Tokyo, Japan on March 2 to 4, 2016, co-hosted by Tokyo University of Science. Participants would share and discuss the prospects for such global issues as disaster risk reduction and aging society.


Please register your name and affiliation in advance by e-mail.
e-mail: icforesight[at] (please replace [at] with @.)
Closing date: February 29, 2016, 17:00 JST


Science and Technology Foresight Center, NISTEP
e-mail: icforesight[at] (please replace [at] with @.)
Tel: +81-(0)3-3581-0605

The National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) are currently working on the Doctoral Human Resources Database (JGRAD) as an information platform for tracking the career paths of doctoral graduates. The JGRAD, the pilot operation of which began in FY2014, is continuing to operate on a trial basis as of FY2015 with the cooperation of 22 universities.We are conducting the following survey in order to compile and analyze the information obtained via JGRAD for the purpose of providing the results thereof the analysis to you, the registered members.

It is requested that you answer the questionnaire in accordance with the following instructions. Your cooperation with the survey would be greatly appreciated.

Method of Completion

Please go to and complete the survey in accordance with the instructions posted at the following URL:

Survey Period

November 30, 2015 (Monday) – December 25, 2015 (Friday)

Subject of Survey

Affiliation information, desired career path, awareness on competence and skills, employment following completion of doctoral studies, etc.


Inquiries on the contents:
National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP)
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Inquiries on the DB system:
Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (Project Consignee)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) carried out the JD-Pro (Japan Doctoral Human Resource Profiling) .

JD-Pro conducted research on the status of students when they were in a doctoral course and their current employment status. This research was conducted for students who graduated a doctoral course in the 2012 academic year.

Please see below for details.