CNRS Cooperation with Japan

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Japanese universities and research institutions have been developing for years solid tradition for excellence. This is strongly supported by the public policies, as exemplified by Japan being for years among the world top five countries when you take the Gross Domestic Expenditure on Research and Development as a percentage of the GDP.

Japan is among the world top countries for the number of CNRS structured collaborations, notably the IRL (International Research Laboratories), which are true full CNRS laboratories in Japan. This cooperation is producing excellent research, corresponding to the expertise of the various partners involved and also to the qualities of confidence, trust, and long-term vision which mark these collaborative projects.


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International Research Laboratories (IRL)

International Research Projects (IRP)

International Research Networks (IRN)

International Emerging Actions (IEA)

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52% of Japan’s co-publications with France

Top 10 areas of research between CNRS and Japan, by number of co-publications, between 2015 and 2019.

Top 10 areas of research for CNRS and Japan,
by number of co-publications, in 2015-2019.
Source: Clarivate’s Web of Science and InCites

Top 10 CNRS partners in Japan, by number of co-publications, between 2015 and 2019.

Top 10 CNRS partners in Japan,
by number of co-publications, in 2016-2020.
Source: Clarivate’s Web of Science and InCites

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2,360 VISITS

of researchers organized by CNRS in Japan in 2019

Number of visits organized by CNRS in Japan between 2010 and 2019.

Number of visits in Japan organized by CNRS from 2010 to 2019 (rounded numbers).

Visits organized in Japan in 2019 by field, scaled

Number of visits in Japan by field of research in 2019.

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including 23 permanent researchers
in CNRS units in 2020

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in CNRS units in 2020

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studying in France in 2018
(source: Campus France)


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JSPS – Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and Technology

CNRS supports Japanese-French Frontiers of Science (JFFoS) symposiums organized by JSPS, as well as 3 exchange programs (Standard Fellowships, Short-Term Fellowships, and Summer Program) carried out by JSPS.

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JST – Japan Science and Technology Agency

CNRS hosts the Joint Call Secretariat of the European Interest Group (EIG) CONCERT-Japan, an international joint initiative to support and enhance science, technology, and innovation (STI) cooperation between European countries and Japan.



Japanese partner: The University of Tokyo

CNRS Institute: INSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences)


Partner: French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

CNRS Institute: INSHS (Humanities and Social Sciences)


Japanese partner: AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)

CNRS Institute: INSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences)

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Japanese partner: The University of Tokyo

CNRS Institute: INS2I (Computer Sciences)


Japanese partner: NIMS (National Institute for Materials Science)

CNRS Institute: INC (Chemistry)


Japanese partner: Tohoku University

CNRS Institute: INSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences)

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Japanese partner: The University of Tokyo

CNRS Institute: IN2P3 (Nuclear Physics and Particle Physics)


Japanese partner: Tsukuba University

CNRS Institute: INP (Physics)


Japanese partner: The University of Tokyo

CNRS Institute: INP (Physics)



Synergetic Study of the Regulation of Transposable Elements

Japanese leader: Tetsuji KAKUTANI, The University of Tokyo
Other Japanese partner: National Institute of Genetics
French leader: Leandro QUADRANA, UMR9213 Institut des Sciences du Végétal Paris-Saclay (IPS2)
CNRS Institute: INSB (Biology)
Topics: Epigenetics, Transposable elements, Genome evolution


Multifunctional Two-Dimensional Materials for Innovative Biomedecine

Japanese leader: Yuta NISHINA, Okayama University
French leader: Alberto BIANCO, UPR3572 Immunologie, Immunopathologie and Chimie Thérapeutique (I2CT)
CNRS Institute: INSB (Biology)
Topics: Two-dimensional materials (e.g. graphene, boron nitride), Organic chemistry, Multifunctional systems, Biomedical applications


Changes in activity in dopaminergic nuclei during attentional set-shifting behavior in mice

Japanese leader: Jumpei MATSUMOTO, Toyama University
French leader: Sidney WIENER, UMR7241 Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche en Biologie (CIRB)
CNRS Institute: INSB (Biology)
Topics: Neurophysiology, Neuroanatomy, Behavior

Ménage à trois

The molecular players governing the tripartite interaction of the soil bacterium Burkholderia insecticola, the bean bug Riportus pedestris and soy bean

Japanese leader: Yoshitomo KIKUCHI, AIST Hokkaido, Sapporo
French leader: Peter MERGAERT, UMR9198 Institut de Biologie Intégrative de la Cellule (I2BC)
CNRS Institute: INSB (Biology)
Topics: Symbiosis, Bacteria-Insects and Bacteria-Plant interactions, Burkholderia, Bugs, Soybean


Characterization of unique interactions between marine microalgae and nitrogen-fixing bacteria

Japanese leader: Atsuko TANAKA, Department of Chemistry, Biology & Marine Science, Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus
French leader: Leïla TIRICHINE-DELACOUR, UMR6286 Unité en Sciences Biologiques et Biotechnologies de Nantes (USBB)
CNRS Institute: INSB (Biology)
Topics: Microalgae bacteria interactions, Diatoms, Proteobacteria, Nitrogen fixation, Nitrogen cycle, Molecular biology, Electronic microscopy, Biomass, Omics, Molecular signaling

Mitate Lab.

Post Fukushima studies

Japanese leader: Koji ITONAGA, Nihon University
Other Japanese partners: Fukushima University, Kyoto Prefectural University, National Institute of Environmental Studies
French leaders: Cécile ASANUMA-BRICE and Olivier EVRARD, UMR8212 Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE) 
CNRS Institute: INSU (Earth Sciences and Astronomy)
Topics: Post-Fukushima situation, Risk society, Soil contamination, Sustainable city and society

Next PV

Next Generation Photovoltaic Cells

Japanese leader: Hiroshi SEGAWA, The University of Tokyo
French leader: Eric CLOUTET, UMR5629 Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques (LCPO)
Other French partners: ISM, IMS, IPVF, C2N, LAAS, ILV, LIMMS
CNRS Institutes: INSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences) and INC (Chemistry)
Topics: High-efficiency III-V solar cells, Perovskite and hybrid solar cells, Integrated systems

France-Japan ITER Physics

Japanese leader: Sanae ITO, Kyushu University
Other Japanese partners: National Institute for Fusion Science, Osaka University, QST Fusion Institute
French leader: Sadruddin BENKADDA, UMR7345 Physique des Interactions Ioniques et Moléculaires (PIIM)
CNRS Institute: INSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences)
Topics: Magnetic fusion plasma physics, ITER project, Turbulence, instability and transport in Tokamak plasmas, Plasma-wall interactions in Tokamaks


Toshiko Yuasa Laboratory – France-Japan Particle Physics Laboratory

Japanese leader: Shoji HASHIMOTO, KEK
French leader: Isabelle RIPP-BAUDOT, UMR7178 Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien (IPHC)
Other French partners: IJCLab, LP2I Bordeaux, CC-IN2P3, LAPP, LPNHE, APC, CPPM, LPSC, LLR, OMEGA, IP2I Lyon, SUBATECH, LP Clermont, LUPM, Irfu-CEA (DPhP, DACM, DEPIP, DIS, DPhN)
CNRS Institute: IN2P3 (Nuclear and Particle Physics)
Topics: Particle physics, Astroparticle physics, Hadronic physics, R&D in accelerator and collider physics as well as instrumentation and calculation for particle physics


Nuclear Physics International Collaboration France-Japan

Japanese leader: Tomohiro UESAKA, RIKEN
Other Japanese partners: The University of Tokyo, RCNP/Osaka University, KEK, Tsukuba University, Niigata University, Kyoto University, JAEA Tokai
French leader: Julien GIBELIN, UMR6534 Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire de CAEN (LPCC)
Other French partners: CENBG, GANIL, IPNO, CSNSM, IPHC, LPSC
CNRS Institute: IN2P3 (Nuclear and Particle Physics)
Topics: Experimental and theoretical nuclear structure and reactions


Preparatory Project Hyper Kamiokande

Japanese leader: Takaaki KAJITA, IRL2014 International Laboratory for Astrophysics, Neutrino and Cosmology Experiments (ILANCE)
Other Japanese partners: The University of Tokyo, Okayama UniversitY
French leader: Michel GONIN, IRL2014 International Laboratory for Astrophysics, Neutrino and Cosmology Experiments (ILANCE)
Other French partners: LLR, LPNHE
CNRS Institute: IN2P3 (Nuclear and Particle Physics)
Topics: Asymmetry between neutrino and antineutrino oscillations, CP violation, Search for nucleon decays, Supernova relic neutrinos or burst neutrinos, Annihilation of dark matter


Photo-active Nanomaterials with Cooperative and Synergetic Response

Japanese leader: Hiroshi MIYASAKA, Osaka University
Other Japanese partners: Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Aoyama Gakuin University, Kyoto University
French leader: Keitaro NAKATANI, UMR8531 Photophysique and Photochimie Supramoléculaire (PPSM)
Other French partner: LASIRe
CNRS Institute: INC (Chemistry)
Topics: Photoswitch, Nanoparticles, Ultrafast spectroscopy, Plasmonics, Magnetism, Energy transfer, Supramolecular systems, Cooperative effects, Mechanochromism, Multimodal spectroscopy, Nanoscopy.


SUPRamolecular HEME protein models

Japanese leader: Takashi HAYASHI, Osaka University
Other Japanese partners: Hokkaido University, Doshisha University
French leader: Jean WEISS, UMR7177 Institut de Chimie de Strasbourg (ICS)
CNRS Institute: INC (Chemistry)
Topics: Supramolecular chemistry, Enzyme models, Self-organization, Catalysis


Nano oxide-based catalysts for biomass valorization

Japanese leader: Masahiro SADAKANE, Hiroshima University
Other Japanese partner: Kanagawa University
French leader: Sébastien PAUL, UMR8181 Unité de Catalyse et de Chimie du Solide (UCCS)
CNRS Institute: INC (Chemistry)
Topics: Chemistry, Heterogeneous catalysis, Oxides, Biomass valorization, Biorefinery


Ceramic materials for societal challenges

Japanese leader: Koichiro FUKUDA, Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech)
French leader: Samuel BERNARD, UMR7315 Institut de recherche sur les céramiques (IRCER)
CNRS Institute: INC (Chemistry)
Topics: Chemistry, Materials science, Ceramics, Information and communication technologies

Mixed Anions

Mixed anion compounds in solid-state chemistry: applications in the fields of energy, optics, electronics, and catalysis

Japanese leader: Hiroshi KAGEYAMA, Kyoto University
French leader: Alain DEMOURGUES, UMR5026 Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux (ICMCB)
CNRS Institute: INC (Chemistry)
Other French partners: IMN, ISCR, UCCS
Topics: Mixed anion compounds, Solid-state chemistry, Specific synthesis, Crystal chemistry, Electronic, electrochemical, magnetic and optical properties


Chiral Nanostructures for Photonic Applications

Japanese leader: Hirotaka IHARA, Kumamoto University
Other Japanese partner: Kyoto University
French leader: Reiko ODA, UMR5248 Chimie et Biologie des Membranes et Nanoobjets (CBMN)
Other French partner: ISM
CNRS Institute: INC (Chemistry)
Topics: Materials and nanomaterials chemistry, Molecular assembly, Stereochemistry, Chirality, Photochemistry, Molecular materials, Asymmetric catalysis, Molecular sensors, Nano-objects


Small Molecule Lab

Japanese leader: Susumu KITAGAWA, Kyoto University
Other Japanese partner: K.K. Air Liquide Laboratories
French leader: David FARRUSSENG, UMR5256 Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l’environnement de Lyon (IRCELYON)
Other French partner: IRCP
CNRS Institute: INC (Chemistry)
Topics: Separation process, Purification, Pressurized gas storage, Light hydrocarbons (e.g. methane, ethylene, acetylene), Hydrogen, Oxygen, Carbon dioxide


Exotic electronic states in correlated and functional materials

Japanese leader: Hiroshi KUMIGASHIRA, Tohoku University
French leader: Andres SANTANDER SYRO, UMR8214 Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay (ISMO)
Other French partner: CRISMAT
CNRS Institute: INP (Physics)
Other country involved: Argentina
Topics: Transition metal oxides, Correlated materials, Two-dimensional electron systems, Metal-insulator transition, Photoemission spectroscopy


Excitations in correlated electron systems driven in the gigahertz range

Japanese leader: Takeo KATO, The University of Tokyo
French leader: Thibaut JONCKHEERE, UMR7332 Centre de Physique Théorique (CPT)
CNRS Institute: INP (Physics)
Topics: Mesoscopic physics, Quantum physics, Electronic transport, Electronic correlations, GigaHertz Excitations, Time-dependent transport


Block Copolymer Ordering and Crystallization in Extreme Conditions of Confinement

Japanese leader: Masami KAMIGAITO, Nagoya University
French leader: Christophe SINTUREL, UMR7374 Interfaces Confinement Matériaux et Nanostructures (ICMN)
CNRS Institute: INP (Physics)
Other French partner: ICGM
Topics: Supra- and macromolecular systems and materials (elaboration, properties, functions)


Complexity of animal behaviour. Identification of universal scale-invariant rules

Japanese leader: Satoshi HIRATA, WRC Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University
Other Japanese partners: KUIAS (Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study), PRI (Primate Research Institute), Teikyo University of Science
French leader: Cédric SUEUR, UMR7178 Institut pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien (IPHC)
CNRS Institute: INEE (Ecology and Environment)
Other French partners: CEBC, CEFE, Ethics EA7446
Topics: Behavioral ecology, Ethology, Mathematics, Evolution.



Open space between aperiodic order and physico-chemistry properties of materials

Japanese leader: Atsushi MURAMATSU, Tohoku University
Other Japanese partners: Hokkaido University, Tokyo University of Science
French leader: Marc DE BOISSIEU, UMR5266 Sciences et Ingénierie, Matériaux, Procédés (SIMAP)
Other French partners: Institut Néel, CRISMAT, LPS, Institut Jean Lamour
CNRS Institute: INSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences)
Other country involved: Germany
Topics: Condensed matter physics, Materials science, Aperiodic cristals, Strongly correlated electrons, Heavy fermions, Phons, Network dynamics, Atomic structure, Diffuse dissemination


ELyT Global

Engineering and Science Lyon-Tohoku Laboratory

Japanese leader: Tetsuya UCHIMOTO, Tohoku University
French leader: Julien FONTAINE, UMR5513 Laboratoire de Tribologie et Dynamique des Systèmes (LTDS)
CNRS Institute: INSIS (Engineering and systems sciences)
Topics: Materials and structures architecture, Surfaces and interfaces, Digital simulation and modeling, Transportation, Energy, Health


WOrld Network for Design of processes and strains for Elaboration of Renewable energey and materials from microalgae

Japanese leader: Hirofumi MATSUI, Tsukuba University
French leader: Eric LEROY / Olivier GONÇALVES, UMR6144 Génie des Procédés – Environnement – Agro-Alimentaire (GEPEA)
CNRS Institute: INSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences)
Other countries involved: United States, Australia
Topics: Biology, Bioenergy, Process engineering, Materials



France-Japan Network for Extragalactic astrophysics and Cosmology

Japanese leader: Toru YAMADA, JAXA
Other Japanese partners: Nagoya University, University of Tokyo, RIKEN, Kyoto University, Waseda University
French leader: Denis BURGARELLA, UMR7326 Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM)
Other French partners: IRAP, IAP, LUTH, AIM
CNRS Institute: INSU (Earth Sciences and Astronomy)
Topic: Astrophysics, Galaxies, Cosmology



Reaction-Diffusion Network

Japanese leader: Hiroshi MATANO, Meiji University
Other Japanese partners: Hokkaido University, Waseda University
French leader: Thomas GILETTI, UMR7502 Institut Elie Cartan de Lorraine (IECL)
Other French partners: LJAD, CEREMADE
CNRS Institute: INSMI (Mathematical Sciences)
Other countries involved: South Korea, Taiwan
Topics: Mathematics applied to life science, in particular (a) Modelization of biological phenomenons (b) Analysis of non-linear partial differential equations (PDE) and determinist dynamical systems (c) Probability theory and stochastic processes


Magnetized HED Physics on large scale facilities

Japanese leader: Ryosuke KODAMA, Osaka University
French leader: Sébastien LE PAPE, UMR7605 Laboratoire pour l’utilisation des lasers intenses (LULI)
Other French partners: CELIA, LNCMI, CEA/DIF Bruyères le Chatel
CNRS Institute: INP (Physics)
Other countries involved: United States, Germany, United Kingdom
Topics: High energy density (HED), Magnetic pulser, Fusion, Laboratory astrophysics, Equation of state of condensed matter


Gravitational Behavior of Antihydrogen at Rest

Japanese researchers involved: Yasunori YAMAZAKI, Ulmer Fundamental Symmetries Laborary (RIKEN); Yasuyuki MATSUDA and Naofumi KURODA, Institute of Physics (Université de Tokyo)
French leader: Paul INDELICATO, UMR8552 Laboratoire Kastler Brossel (LKB)
Other French partners: CEA-IRFU, IPCMS, IJCLab, LPENSL
CNRS Institute: INP (Physics)
Other countries involved: Korea (main), Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Poland, United Kingdom
Topics: Fundamental physics, General relativity, Structure of the Universe, Antimatter


Trading Networks and the Trajectory of Institutions: Maritime Empires, Continental Empires, 1500-2000

Japanese leader: Mihoko OKA, The University of Tokyo
French leader:
 Frédéric OBRINGER, UMR8173 Chine, Corée, Japon (CCJ)
Other French partner: IAO
CNRS Institute: INSHS (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Other countries involved: China, United Kingdom, Italy, Israel, Greece
Topics: Comparative economic History, Maritime History, Economic institutions, Commercial practices, East Asia, Central Asia, Europe



Global History Collaborative

Japanese leader: Miki SUGIURA, Hosei University
Other Japanese partners: The University of Tokyo, Nagasaki University, Kyoto University
French leader: Marc ELIE, UMR8083 Centre d’études des Mondes Russe, Caucasien et Centre-Européen (CERCEC)
Other French partners: CRH, CEIAS, CCJ, Centre Georg Simmel
CNRS Institute: INSHS (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Other countries involved: Germany, United States
Topics: Global History, Transnational History, Connected History



A chapter in Philosophy’s Global History: New Perspectives on Bergsonism

Japanese leader: Yasushi HIRAI, Fukuoka University
French leader: Caterina ZANFI, UMR8547 Pays germaniques – Transferts Culturels
CNRS Institute: INSHS (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Other countries involved: United States, Cameroon, Brasil, Lithuania, Turkey
Topics: History of philosophy, Global History, Cultural transfers, Moral philosophy, Political philosophy, Henri Bergson



France-Japan Frontiers in Plant Biology

Japanese leader: Takayuki KOHCHI, Kyoto University
Other Japanese partners: RIKEN-CSRS, The University of Tokyo
French leader: François ROUDIER, UMR5667 Reproduction et développement des plantes (RDP), ENS de Lyon
Other French partners: IJPB, LPCV, BIAM
CNRS Institute: INSB (Biology)
Topics: Plant biology, Cellular biology, Signal transduction, Genome dynamics, Development and morphogenesis, Plant stress adaptation, Photosynthesis and metabolism

UGSF-iGCORE Glyco-Network

Japanese leader: Hiromune ANDO, Gifu University
French leader: Yann GUERARDEL, UMR8576 Unité de Glycobiologie Structurale et Fonctionnelle (UGSF)
CNRS Institute: INSB (Biology)
Other countries involved: Taiwan, Australia, Canada
Topics: Glycobiology, Biochemistry, Structural biology, Infectiology, Cellular biology, Carbohydrate synthesis, Metabolism


Recovery trajectorIes of SoCieties to natural DISasters

Japanese leaders: Florence LAHOURNAT, Disaster Prevention Research Institute (Kyoto University); Sébastien PENMELLEN-BORET, International Research Institute of Disaster Science (Tohoku University)
French leader: Emmanuel GARNIER, UMR6249 Chrono-Environnement (CE)
Other French partners: ThéMA, EDYTEM, Maison des Sciences Humaines et de l’Environnement (Université de Bourgogne Franche Comté)
CNRS Institute: INEE (Ecology and Environment)
Other countries involved: Unites States, Canada
Topics: Natural disasters, Risks, Climate, Geology, Vulnerability, Resilience

You may also search specific cooperations with this table, either with the “Rechercher” field at the top or in each column’s bottom field.

Cooperation nameCooperation typeCNRS InstituteMain Japanese partner
APERIODICIRNINSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences)Tohoku University
ELyT GlobalIRNINSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences)Tohoku University
NECoIRNINSU (Earth Sciences and Astronomy)JAXA
WONDERIRNINSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences)Tsukuba University
ReaDiNetIRNINSMI (Mathematical Sciences)Meiji University
TrajecoIRNINSHS (Humanities and Social Sciences)The University of Tokyo
GHCIRNINSHS (Humanities and Social Sciences)The University of Tokyo
GlobPhilBergsonIRNINSHS (Humanities and Social Sciences)Fukuoka University
FJFPBIRNINSB (Biology)Kyoto University
UGSF-iGCORE Glyco-NetworkIRNINSB (Biology)Gifu University
RISCDISIRNINEE (Ecology and Environment)Kyoto University
MHEDPIRNINP (Physics)Osaka University
MULTIDIMIRPINSB (Biology)Okayama University
SYNERTEIRPINSB (Biology)The University of Tokyo
DALOOPSIRPINSB (Biology)Toyama University
Ménage à troisIRPINSB (Biology)AIST
µAlgaNiFIRPINSB (Biology)University of the Ryukyus
Mitate Lab.IRPINSU (Earth Sciences and Astronomy)Nihon University
CNPAIRPINC (Chemistry)Kumamoto University
SUPRHEMEIRPINC (Chemistry)Osaka University
NanoSynergeticsIRPINC (Chemistry)Osaka University
CERMACIRPINC (Chemistry)Nagoya Institute of Technology
NANOXCATIRPINC (Chemistry)Hiroshima University
SMOLABIRPINC (Chemistry)Kyoto University
TYL-FJPPLIRPIN2P3 (Nuclear and Particle Physics)KEK
NuPIC FJIRPIN2P3 (Nuclear and Particle Physics)RIKEN
PPHKIRPIN2P3 (Nuclear and Particle Physics)The University of Tokyo
EXCELSIORIRPINP (Physics)Tohoku University
ESECIRPINP (Physics)The University of Tokyo
IM LEDIRPINP (Physics)The University of Tokyo
EXTREMEIRPINP (Physics)Nagoya University
Mixed AnionsIRPINP (Physics)Kyoto University
Next PVIRPINSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences)The University of Tokyo
FJ ITER Physics LaboratoryIRPINSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences)Kyushu University
Comp²aIRPINEE (Ecology and Environment)Kyoto University
LIMMSIRLINSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences)The University of Tokyo
IFRJ-MFJIRLINSHS (Humanities and Social Sciences)None
JRLIRLINSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences)AIST
JFLIIRLINS2I (Computer Sciences)The University of Tokyo
ELyTMaXIRLINSIS (Engineering and Systems Sciences)Tohoku University
ILANCEIRLIN2P3 (Nuclear and Particle Physics)The University of Tokyo
J-FASTIRLINP (Physics)Tsukuba University
DYNACOMIRLINP (Physics)The University of Tokyo