Dr. KUGO TeruhikoDr. KUGO Teruhiko

Director General
Nuclear Science Research Institute
Japan Atomic Energy Agency

The Nuclear Science Research Institute (NSRI) is one of the main research institutes of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). We are at the core of research and development of nuclear science and technology. NSRI was first established in 1957, as the Tokai Research Establishment of the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI). In 2005, at the time of the foundation of JAEA, we became NSRI.

Our mission is to advance the use of nuclear energy and radiation in research, and be a leader in the latest science and technology, by taking advantage of our unique research facilities, diverse organizations, and experts. The research facilities at our disposal include research reactors, accelerators, facilities for handling of radioisotopes and nuclear fuel materials, as well as supercomputer systems. Here, we perform research and development in the areas of advanced science, fundamental nuclear science and engineering, nuclear safety, materials science, computational science, nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security, backend technology, and many more. Based on these activities and experiences, we work toward the decommissioning of the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. NSRI also functions as a training center for experts, both Japanese and foreigners, and a base for collaboration with industries and universities through the communication of our research.

The Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC), jointly operated by JAEA and the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), is located at the NSRI site. Cutting edge research in the fields of materials and life sciences, particle and nuclear physics is conducted using various particle produced from this high-energy beam at J-PARC.

In April 2022, JAEA started its Fourth Medium- to Long-term Objective Period. In the Fourth Period, JAEA pursues research and development based on a vision for the future “JAEA2050+” formulated in 2019. NSRI acts as a leading center by making the most of our features, in order to produce innovations going beyond the borders of nuclear science and technology. Moving forward, our hope is to contribute to the future of our society.

We are striving to become a world-leading research institute, placing importance in coexisting with the community, and based on the premise of ensuring safety. We seek your support in this mission.

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