Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
JST is an integrated organisation under MEXT that promote science and technology which will create new values and lead to the future, in order to advance the national welfare and prosperity.
- To help generate innovation based on science and technology, through the development of networks between academia and industry.
- To support development and activities of personnel who are to advance and deploy science and technology, while enhancing science communication between the public and S&T related professionals.
- To advance science and technology for sustainable development, while playing a role in Japan’s leadership in the S&T field in the face of global society.
The Japan Information Center of Science and Technology (JICST) was founded in 1957. The Research Development Corporation of Japan (JRDC) was founded in 1961. JICST disseminated science and technology information and JRDC promoted basic research, new technology development and research exchange. JICST and JRDC were merged into the Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST) in 1996. On October 1, 2003, it was reorganized into the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) by the transformation into independent administrative institutions.