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National Institute for Environmental Studies

国立研究開発法人国立環境研究所, コクリツケンキュウカイハツホウジンコクリツカンキョウケンキュウショ
Representive : President, WATANABE Chiho
Establishment year: 1974
Address: 16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-8506 Japan
Telephone number: +81-29-850-2314
FAX number: +81-29-851-4732
Number of employees: 273
Organization/Research department name (13):
  • Planning Department
  • General Affairs Department
  • Environmental Information Department
  • Audit Section
  • Center for Global Environmental Research
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Subordinate facility name  (15):
  • Environmental Risk Research Laboratory
  • Climate Change Research Hall
  • Research Laboratory of Material Cycles and Waste Management
  • Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory
  • Atmospheric Pollutant Laboratory
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History (18):
  • 1971/07
    The Environmental Agency was established.
  • 1971/11
    The establishment preparatory committee for the National Pollution Institute was set up.
  • 1972/05
    The decision to locate the Institute in Tsukuba Science City was made.
  • 1973/03
    The report of the establishment preparatory committee for the National Pollution Institute was presented.
  • 1974/03
    The National Pollution Institute was founded. (Organization structure: head, vice head, research planning manager, Environmental Information Division and Measurement Technical Division)
Purpose of establishment:
The Institute was founded with the aim to obtain
and to disseminate scientific knowledge
about environmental conservation by investigations
and studies on environmental conservation.
Business overview:
The National Institute for Environmental Studies(NIES) has been
focusing on solving environmental issues since its establishment in
1974. NIES provides a scientific and technological infrastructure for
environmental administration with integrated and interdisciplinary
research on a wide range of issues. Our framework allows us to focus
comprehensively on environmental issues with the cooperation of
experts in diverse fields ranging from pure
sciences,engineering,agricultural sciences,medical
sciences,pharmacology,and fishery sciences,to law and economics.

Environmental issues have evolved from serious regional problems such
as pollution to long-term global scale issues such as climate change,
the creation of a recycling society,and the deterioration of
ecosystems, all of which have a basis in human activity. Since the
Kyoto Protocol came into force,the importance of scientific research
has become especially important in the efforts to mitigate climate
change. We are now required to come up with specific plans for the
second commitment period. Furthermore,problems such as environmental
risk,the establishment of a society with sustainable material
cycles,and the worsening of the environment in the Asian region
require a multifaceted approach including not only the natural

In April 2006,NIES embarked on its second five-year plan as a newly
established independent administrative institution. Environmental
problems are becoming increasingly complicated,and as an organization
that serves as a focal point of experts,we have a wide range of
knowledge that we can apply to our research. Along with our
contribution to domestic and international environmental policies,we
can act as a font of information that can be used to solve such
complex environmental problems.

As NIES continues to expand and enhance its activities,we ask for
your support and cooperation to help us reach our goals.
  • 2017: \ 16,090 (Million)
Branch Organization  (2):
  • Research Institue Material Cycles and Waste Management
  • Center Global Environmental Research

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