President's Greeting

The National Institute for Environmental Studies is Japan's only research institute that undertakes a broad range of environmental research in an interdisciplinary and comprehensive manner. Since its inception in 1974, NIES has played a vital role in solving a variety of environmental problems.

April 2016 marks the beginning of our Forth Medium-and-Long-Term Plan. NIES established five problem-solving research programs for this plan's term, and will pursue them in an integrated manner that transcends individual fields. NIES has also established a Fukushima Branch, where it is running a Disaster Environment Research Program. Additionally, to produce scientific findings on environmental protection, NIES will carry out research projects that include consolidating the institute’s research foundation through basic research, data acquisition and analysis, preservation and provision of environmental samples, and other efforts. Research projects including satellite observations and the Japan Environment and Children's Study Programme Office are also being conducted. We intend to move steadily forward with efforts that include the provision of environmental information, including these research results, in an easy-to-understand manner.

NIES shall continue to conduct broad-based research that covers the environmental science field in its entirety (Synthesize), promote comprehensive research that seeks to cover everything from the basics to social implementation (Integrate), further advance and enhance research networks (Network), and carry out research of a high level that contributes to broadly understanding and solving environmental problems (Evolve), thereby appropriately disseminating our store of scientific knowledge. At NIES we shall keep these four keywords (Synthesize,Integrate,Evolve,and Network = NIES strategies) in mind as we pursue environmental research, provide for the maximization of Japan’s entire research and development results, endeavor to bridge the gap between the scientific community and society, and do our part for the advance of environmental policy in Japan and other countries.

NIES hopes to continue benefiting from your generous support and cooperation.

SUMI, Akimasa
President, National Institute for Environmental Studies