Project Research Institutes, as a program inaugurated in April 2000, is our attempt to address these concerns through a fresh approach to academic study. Drawing from the methodologies of diverse fields, the institutes allow researchers to catch up on the needs of society with unprecedented speed – and, in so doing, engage in scholarship that contributes to the welfare and progress of the whole world.
The Project Research Institutes conduct cross-disciplinary studies that cover a wide range of topics: from the development of cutting-edge technology to future social systems, to pioneering contributions in education and culture. The number of laboratories has increased drastically since the program’s inauguration four years ago, now totaling well over one hundred.
The Comprehensive Research Organization exists to guide and direct the laboratories. It coordinates the opening and closing of project laboratories and manages external funding under the steering committee. It also works to keep the laboratories fresh and vital, publicizes research achievements, and handles public relations.