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National Institute for Materials Science | NIMS

History and Outstanding Features


Ever since Kotaro Honda, the so-called “father of steel”, was at his most active, Japan has been a global pioneer in top-level research on iron and steel research. The Science and Technology Agency (the equivalent to today’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), realizing that such research could help Japan to carve out an internationally leading position, established the National Research Institute for Metals (NRIM) in 1956, and the National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials (NIRIM) in 1966.
NRIM was founded with the objective of improving, through a comprehensive research-based approach, the quality and performance of metals used in all fields of industry. NIRIM, by contrast, was established in order to carry out specialist materials research focused on the creation of inorganic materials.
In 2001, these two institutes were merged to form the present day National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), a move designed to improve the overall level of materials-related science and technology research in Japan. The newly formed NIMS also became independent from direct government control, becoming an independent administration institution.


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