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Center for World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI Program Center)
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World Premier International Research Center (WPI) Initiative

WPI ACADEMY

Concept of WPI Academy

The World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI Program) was launched in 2007 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Over the past 10 years, the program has been highly successful in building top world-standard research centers with powerful research capacity and a high level of internationalization, centers that now boast wide global visibility.

In FY 2017, MEXT established the new WPI Academy to take the vanguard in internationalizing and further renovating Japan’s research environment, making it place that expands and accelerates the international circulation of the world’s best brains. The WPI centers that have achieved “world-premier status” will be the initial members of the WPI Academy. They may possibly be joined later by other Japanese research institutes that have amassed research results and created research environments of the very highest world standard. As it becomes operational, the WPI Academy will position Japan as a pole at the pinnacle of international researcher circulation.


Academy Director (AD), Academy Officers (AOs)

AD/AONamePosition, AffiliationAssigned center
AD Toshio Kuroki Special Advisor, Research Center for Science Systems, JSPS
AO Yoshihito Osada Senior Visiting Scientist, RIKEN Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR), Tohoku University
AO Toru Nakano Professor, Department of Pathology Faculty of Frontier Biosciences and Medical School Osaka University Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), Kyoto University
AO Takehiko Sasazuki University Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Kyushu University Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC), Osaka University
AO Gunzi Saito Professor emeritus, Kyoto University/ Guest fellow, Toyota Physical and Chemical Research Institute International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science

WPI Academy Members

Host institutionCenter nameCenter DirectorOutline of the Center
Tohoku University Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR) Motoko Kotani Establish a World-Leading Research Center for Materials Science
AIMR aims to contribute to society through actions as a world-leading research center for materials science and continuous challenges to research frontiers. To this end, the institute gathers excellent researchers in the fields of physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, and mathematics and provides world-class research environment.
The University of Tokyo Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) Hitoshi Murayama Cross-Disciplinary Research Center for Addressing the Origin and Evolution of the Universe
Establishing a top-level research center visible worldwide for the most urgent issues of basic science such as dark energy, dark matter, and unified theories with a close collaboration of mathematics, physics and astronomy.
Kyoto University Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) Susumu Kitagawa Creating a new field of integrated cell-material science in the mesoscopic domain
Our institute seeks to illuminate a chemical basis of cells, creating compounds to control processes in cells such as stem cells (materials for cell control) in addition to sparking cellular processes to create chemical materials (cell-inspired materials), to ultimately establish an integrated cell-material science.
Osaka University Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC) Shizuo Akira The pursue of fundamental immunology research and elucidation of immune diseases
IFReC has selected excellent researchers from Japan and overseas in cutting-edge research areas, and has promoted globally competitive fundamental research. IFReC aims to overcome immune-related diseases by clarifying the whole picture of the immune system.
National Institute for Materials Science International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) Takayoshi Sasaki
Materials Nanoarchitectonics – a new paradigm of materials creation –
MANA aims to develop new materials based on our own concept "nanoarchitectonics" through precise organization of well-designed nanomaterials at atomic/molecular scale. For such an interdisciplinary and pioneering challenge, international cooperation and training / fostering of next-generation leaders are essentially important to generate sustainable growth of related research in the future.