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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.

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