Research Organization

Further revitalizing research activity to contribute to advanced academic research and societal development.

To further revitalize research activity, we have established an umbrella Research Organization that includes under its auspices: the Koyama Astronomical Observatory, the Maskawa Institute for Science and Culture, four research institutes, and four research centers. Furthermore, in addition to providing support for securing external funding for research activities, the organization promotes and supports joint research conducted both within KSU and in conjunction with other universities or research institutes. Academic and research exchanges with other universities and research institutes both in Japan and overseas are also being developed, as well as guest lectures and symposia. The Research Organization aims to improve the university’s research capabilities and promote interdisciplinary, crosssector research that utilizes the wide range of resources gathered at KSU.

Institute for World Affairs

In this institute we examine a wide range of issues faced by the modern world, coordinating research on those issues with the aim of developing proposals that can show the way forward for Japan and the world. Joint research projects are carried out with researchers in other countries, including Japan’s regional neighbors, the United States, and the Netherlands. The institute also engages in activities aimed at the development of more comprehensive joint research that covers the development of civilization, science and technology, and other matters of great significance.

Institute of Japanese Culture

This institute promotes comprehensive and interdisciplinary joint research projects focused on Japanese culture, economy, industry, and society. It also aims to contribute to the advancement and development of academic research and contribute to local revitalization.

Institute of Advanced Technology

This institute promotes research in advanced technology fields and aims to contribute to the advancement and development ofacademic research.

Avian Influenza Research Centre

The center is engaged in research that aims to study the ecology of avian influenza, analyze its characteristics, and establish preventive measures. In fiscal 2010 the center completed Biosafety Level 3 experimental facilities for workingwith dangerous and exotic agents, making it possible to conduct experiments using chickens or other farm animals. Avian influenza research—from fundamental to applied research—is carried out in collaboration with national universities, local governments, and private firms.

Institute of Comprehensive Academic Research

The institute promotes research in specialized and interdisciplinary areas, plus research in fields with high societal demand, and contributes to strengthening the research activities of our university and the general advancement of academic research. The institute also aims to give back to society through its research results.

Plant Organellar Genome Research Center (POGRC)

POGRC conducts research using chloroplast genetic engineering to further boost the remarkable natural capabilities of plants or to give plants new capabilities that they never had before. Also, research is being conducted on the mitochondrial genomes of various plants such as wheat or daikon radishes, with the goal of finding molecular structures with helpful breeding characteristics, such as those relating to male sterility.

Structural Biology Research Center

The center focuses on proteins and other biopolymers that play a key role in life, and aims to elucidate the relationship between structure and function using X-ray crystallographic analysis and methods applying such analysis. The center introduced state-of-the-art protein X-ray crystallography equipment that is able to investigate crystalline structure at every stage — transcription, translation, folding — providing quality control through to component resolution.