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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.

November 2, 2015

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 2015” which was published in August 2015. This year, “Benchmarking Scientific Research 2015” was also conducted and published.

We have prepared an English version of the executive summary of the “Science and Technology Indicators 2015” and “Highlights of Science and Technology Indicators 2015 and Benchmarking Scientific Research 2015.”

Please see the following links to get more information.

Digest of Japanese Science and Technology Indicators 2015
Highlights of Science and Technology Indicators 2015 and Benchmarking Scientific Research 2015

In order to create the better future, it is indispensable for us to understand a sign of the change in society and technology for promoting innovation. The future perspective is key of innovation strategy not only government but also industries. Therefore the Foresight activity has been expanding to all over the world. Particularly, it has been argued among policy-makers and foresight practitioners alike how the foresight would contribute to the creation of science, technology and innovation policies. In Japan, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy has been conducting 10th S&T Foresight from FY2013.We will discuss 1) inform the results of 10th S&T Foresight, 2) current foresight activities of major countries, 3) the challenges and possibilities for future improvement, and 4) it aims at suggesting policy-based application of the foresight in this conference.


Host: National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP)
Co-host: National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Date: March 3, 2015 (Tuesday) 9:30 to 17:30 (Doors open at 9:00)
Venue: Sokairo Hall, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
(7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677)
Capacity: 300 sheets
Languages: Japanese and English (simultaneous interpretation available)


< Registration>
Please click here for registration.

You will receive confirmation e-mail after the registration. Please print out and bring it with you to the registration desk on the day. Closing date for registration: February 28, 2015, 17:00 JST


<Tentative Program>
You can see the updated program here.

Keynote by President Takashi Shiraishi, GRIPS

Session 1: Review of Foresight activities in major countries
Session 2: Review of NISTEP Foresight activities
Session 3: Foresight for contributing to policy making in Japan


<Contact Information>
Science and Technology Foresight Center

Science Map is a map of science that shows mutual relation among research areas in which active research is being conducted. NISTEP periodically has been publishing a series of Science Map since 2003. The map is generated by the clustering of top 1% highly cited papers via the co-citation analysis and by the mapping of the research areas on the two-dimensional space.

This report shows results of Science Map 2010 and Science Map 2012 and discussed time series changes of Science Maps since 2002. Trends of inter-/multi- disciplinary research, international co-authorship, and share of Japan and other major countries are analyzed.

In the Science Map 2012, we proposed a new concept of Sci-GEO chart which aims to classify research areas in terms of continuity of research areas and cognitive linkage among other research areas. We applied the Sci-GEO chart to Science Maps 2002 – 2012, and found that small island type research areas, having no continuity from the previous Science Map and showing weak cognitive linkage with other research, account for about 40% of all research areas and continent type research areas, having continuity from the previous Science Map and showing strong cognitive linkage with other research, accounts for about 20% of all research areas.

This study investigates the current status and characteristics of social and regional engagement, including management aspects, relationship with government, continuing professional development and consulting services, of higher education institutions (universities and colleges) in Japan. With regards to social and regional engagement, many institutions have provided a variety of program. Especially national universities, which are often classified as comprehensive universities including sience and technology departments, have a wide range of programs in places that facilitate social and regional engagement. Many of higher education institutions have developed the organizational structure and operational management. While many national and public universities have set up incentivizing measures to encourage professors to engage with the society, many of private universities and junior colleges have yet to develop incentivizing measures. Although many national universities actively have engaged with their society, the procurement of the necessary human resource and financial capital to conduct programs is a critical challenge in the future.There were a wide variety of social and regional engagement programs run by different institutions that differ depending on institution classification, specialization, and size. Instead of standardizing these programs by applying a unified set of rules and guidelines, instituting a diverse system that reflects the unique organizational characteristics of the institution and needs of surrounding society would be more effective in developing social and regional engagement programs. By allowing institutions to devise a system that fits their schools and region, higher education institutions can facilitate more dynamic and active programs for their society and region.

“Science and Technology Indicators” is a basic resource for understanding Japanese science and technology activities based on objective, quantitative data. It classifies science and technology activities into five categories, R&D Expenditure; R&D Personnel; Higher Education; The Output of R&D; and Science, Technology, and Innovation. The multiple relevant indicators (approximately 150 indicators) show the state of Japanese science and technology activities. “Japanese Science and Technology Indicators 2014” adds a new indicator that utilizes the results of the Japanese National Innovation Survey in time-series comparison. In indicators related to human resources development, data representation has been improved to more clearly show the status of women and international students. Additionally, seven column-style articles use indicators to focus on timely issues and specific themes from today’s society.

Using “Japanese Science and Technology Indicators 2014” to look at conditions in Japan, total Japanese R&D expenditure has changed little since 2009. The percentage of researchers who are female is especially small in the business enterprise sector. The number of female students enrolling in Japanese higher education institutions is rising. Japan ranked number one in the world in share of patents (patent families) during the 2000s. Japan’s competitive superiority of its high-technology industries is falling, but the competitiveness in medium high-technology industries is maintained high level.