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Introduction to JST and the Technology Transfer and Innovation Program

JST's Mission

The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) is one of the core institutions responsible for the implementation of science and technology policy in Japan, including the government's Science and Technology Basic Plan.

From knowledge creation—the wellspring of innovation—to ensuring that the fruits of research are shared with society and Japan's citizens, JST undertakes its mission in a comprehensive manner. JST also plays a key role in providing a wide range of information on science and technology in Japan and works to raise awareness and understanding of science and technology related issues, as well as undertaking strategic international activities related to Japan's science and technology policy.

Technology Transfer and Innovation Program

JST identifies research projects that show significant potential as the basis for future innovation. These “science and technology seeds” are nurtured through several stages with the aim of yielding practical applications. To ensure that such research leads to progress in science and technology and has a positive impact on the economy, society, and living standards in Japan, JST operates a broad array of programs to support collaboration between university and public-sector researchers and the private sector. Specifically, JST works to facilitate technology transfer of leading-edge research output from universities and public research institutions to the industrial sector.

For a general overview of JST and its role, please refer to the main JST website.

JST's Budget

In fiscal 2010 (April 1, 2010 ― March 31, 2011), JST's initial budget allocation for programs promoting technology transfer and innovation amounted to 25,201 million yen. This represents approximately 23% of JST's total expenditures.

JST Revenues and Expenditures in FY2012 (April 1, 2012 ― March 31, 2013)

(Units: Millions of yen)

JST Revenues and Expenditures in FY2012

For the convenience of overseas readers, budget amounts in Japanese yen have been converted to U.S. dollars at an exchange rate of $1 = 100 yen. The U.S. dollar amounts shown are for reference purposes only since the exchange rate is subject to fluctuation.

For further information on JST's budget, please refer to:


Within JST's Innovation Headquarters, Technology Transfer-related departments coordinate their activities with Department of Intellectual Property Management and departments concerned with basic research. Through this structure, JST provides a comprehensive framework for promoting and supporting the practical application and commercialization of the research output of universities and public research institutions.


To view JST's complete organization chart, please refer to:

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