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Chairman's Message

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Kazuo Furukawa
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

Japan has a unique technological capability

Following the two oil crises of the 1970s, the need for energy diversification increased. Against this backdrop, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) was established as a semi-governmental organization in 1980 to promote the development and introduction of new energy technologies. Research and development of industrial technology was later added, and today NEDO is active in a wide variety of areas as one of the largest public research and development management organizations in Japan.

 Since it was established in 1980, NEDO has been one of the largest public research and development management organizations in Japan and has worked with the government to promote economic and industrial policies. In this role, NEDO undertakes technology development and demonstration activities to carry out two basic missions, addressing energy and global environmental problems and enhancing industrial technology, by integrating the combined efforts of industry, academia, and government.
 Regarding our first mission of addressing energy and global environmental problems, NEDO has been supporting the energy and environmental fields for more than 30 years. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, the promotion of renewable energy and energy conservation has become extremely important. Going forward, NEDO will continue to support technology development for achieving even higher efficiency and lower cost, with a primary goal of developing new technologies and ensuring that project results are introduced to the market.
 NEDO’s second mission is to enhance the level of industrial technology, an extremely important undertaking considering the difficult conditions Japan is currently facing. In order to put new technologies to practical use and commercialize them for their introduction to society, now more than ever there is an increasing need for open innovation. NEDO will continue to play a key role as a catalyst for collaboration between industry, academia, and overnment by promoting exchanges of knowledge and ideas between private sector companies, iversities, and ublic research institutes in a coordinated manner. Furthermore, our new Technology Strategy Center was shed to formulate technology development strategies for carrying out our two missions by conducting research and studies. The center also plans and proposes projects based on our strategies. In accordance with such strategies, NEDO will stimulate and support business-driven innovations through strategic technology development with the aim to accelerate economic growth.
 In response to a recent increase in open and global innovation, NEDO has been actively promoting international demonstration projects in Europe, the United States, and Asian countries. The projects aim at establishment of world standard technology as well as market development by drawing on established research networks in collaboration with foreign governments and relevant organizations. Through these efforts, NEDO believes that Japan’s advanced energy, robotics, and other technologies can be disseminated worldwide so as to contribute to the resolution of global environmental and social issues.
 NEDO was redesignated as a national research and development agency on April 1, 2015, with the aim of maximizing its research and development achievements. NEDO will continue to strive to achieve results in a timely manner in order to fulfill our duty to contribute to the international community by coordinating the efforts of industry, academia, and government.

Last Updated : August 11, 2015