History of the Institute

Timeline NIES Events Major Environmental Events
Early 1970s   Worsening of photochemical smog
1971 July Establishment of the Environment Agency  
1971 November Establishment of NIES Founding Committee  
1971 to 1973   Court judgements on four major pollution cases
1972 June   UN Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm, Sweden
1973 March Final Report Presentment by NIES Founding Committee  
1974 March Establishment of NIES  
1944 May   Dr. Roland and Dr. Molina report having observed depletion of the ozone layer
1978 October Establishment of NIES Board of Councilors  
1985 April Vist of Emperor Showa to NIES  
1988 November   Establishment of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
1990 July Restructuring of NIES to include global environmental research Launch of research projects funded by Japan's Global Environment Research Fund
1990 October Establishment of the Center for Global Environmental Research  
1992 June   Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1993 November   Basic Environment Law promulgated in Japan
1997 December   Kyoto Conference on Global Warming (UNFCCC COP3) held
1998 June First NIES Open Symposium held  
2001 January1 Environment Agency becomes Ministry of the Environment.
Establishment of Waste Management Division at NIES
2001 April Establishment of NIES as an Incorporated Administrative Agency.
First five-year plan (2001-2005) commences
2006 April Second five-year plan (2006-2010) commences  
2010 August Visit of the Japanese Emperor and Empress to NIES  
2011 April Third five-year plan (2011-2015) commences  
2013 March Amendment of the third five-year plan (2011-2015)  
2015 April Establishment of NIES as a National Research and Development Agency.  
2016 April Fourth five-year plan (2016-2020) commences
Fukushima Branch established

NIES when first established
NIES at the time of establishment
Opening Ceremony of New NIES (May 2001)
Ceremony to mark the inauguration of NIES as an Incorporated Administrative Agency
Visit of the Japanese Emperor and Empress to NIES (Aug 2010)
Visit of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan