I have been appointed to serve as the Director General of the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) since April of this year. I am committed to my work and will try to do my best for the development of ASRC.

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is the only Center of Excellence (COE) for nuclear energy research and development in Japan, promoting basic and fundamental research, as well as research projects related to nuclear energy. It was inaugurated in 2005 by merging the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) and the Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute (JNC).

The Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) was established within JAERI in 1993 with the aims of solving the problems of nuclear research and development by going back to the origins of principles and phenomena, and of advancing research that leads the development of not only nuclear energy but also other fields through collaboration with basic sciences. Although there have been

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reorganizations such as the establishment of JAEA and the spin-off of National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology (QST) since then, I believe that ASRC’s founding principles have not changed still over the past 30 years.

At present, 7 research groups have been established in ASRC. 6 research groups in 2 fields, "Advanced Actinides Nuclear Science" and "Advanced Nuclear Materials Science", and 1 research group, "Advanced Theoretical Physics Research Group", which bridges the two fields. ASRC is advancing the exploration of unknown fields in nuclear science, aiming at discovering new principles and novel phenomena, and creating new materials and innovative technologies, in order to realize the new era nuclear science and technology set out in JAEA's future vision "JAEA2050+".

In the 21st century, in the face of urgent environmental issues such as global warming and depletion of resource and energy, the role of nuclear science is becoming increasingly important to deal with such crucial problems on a global level. ASRC will promote nuclear innovation through the cycle of basics and applications by enhancing research based on free and original ideas, encouraging cross-disciplinary research exchanges and collaborations in Japan and overseas. We will also contribute to human resource exchange and development in an open and competitive environment.

We ask for your continued support and encouragement in the years to come.

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