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March 2016

JST Ranked 3rd in “Top 25 Global Innovators – Government”

Reuters presented the “Top 25 Global Innovators – Government,” which is a ranking of government-run or funded research organizations that have contributed to the growth of global economy and production of prominent personnel by proactively promoting the creation of innovation. In this ranking, JST was chosen as the third innovator.

Four Japanese organizations ranked among the top 25: JST; National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST, No. 7); RIKEN (No. 13); and National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS, No. 18). By country, Japan came in second only to the USA, from which six were selected.

Based on proprietary data of the group company Thomson Reuters, Reuters evaluated organizations by ten criteria relevant to patents and articles. The criteria include a proactive publication of scientific papers on research results, vigorous research in collaboration with the industrial or private sector and the appropriate protection of findings with intellectual property rights.

JST was notably esteemed by the indicators “Patent Success,” “Global Patents” and “Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles,” and relatively by the “Percent of Patents Cited” and “Patent to Article Citation Impact.”

President Hamaguchi said with pleasure, “The result demonstrates the significance of JST’s activities that have uniquely brought universities, the government and industrial sector together. We have also promoted a wide range of areas of research and made achievements that contribute to activating the country as a whole. I believe we were highly appreciated due to those approaches.”

As declared in the “Hamaguchi Plan,” JST will not only continue carrying out activities that have been done for 20 years since its foundation, but also flexibly and proactively meet the transforming needs of a society. We will continue pursuing our approaches and moving forward so that we’re able to maximize achievements.

1 Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) FRANCE
2 Fraunhofer Society (FhG) Germany
3 Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Japan
4 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) The United The United States
5 National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) FRANCE

JST, an integrated organization of science and technology in Japan, establishes an infrastructure for the entire process from the creation of knowledge to the return to the society. For more information, visit http://www.jst.go.jp/EN/