As the only public research institution in Japan specializing in the field of information and communication technology, the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT) promotes ICT R&D from foundation to implementation, while collaborating with universities, industry, local governments, and domestic and foreign research institutions to generate innovation by giving back to society through R&D results.
In order to flexibly respond to global social issues such as COVID-19, natural disasters, and global warming, it is essential to transform Japan into a sustainable and resilient society, and to create Society 5.0 to realize a people-centered society through the convergence of physical space and cyberspace.
According to the fifth medium- and long-term plan, launched in April 2021, NICT is promoting R&D with a focus on the "three accelerators", accelerating R&D, accelerating open innovation and co-creation initiatives, accelerating the implementation of R&D results, and realizing Society 5.0 at an early date based on the new ICT technology strategy.
As five priority areas for R&D, NICT will advance research and development in advanced electromagnetic wave technologies, innovative networks, cybersecurity, general communications, and cutting-edge science. In addition, in line with the government strategy, NICT will also actively promote R&D in four strategic research areas (beyond 5G, AI, quantum ICT, and cybersecurity), which are important cutting-edge technologies for next-generation ICT infrastructure and contribute to the early realization of Society 5.0.
In order to improve the quality of R&D and more effectively implement its results in society, it is necessary to establish a system of cooperation with domestic and foreign research institutions, companies, universities and governments. As a hub for ICT open innovation, NICT works closely with stakeholders to drive a wide range of initiatives, from basic R&D to support new business activities.
In order to achieve Society 5.0, NICT will strategically address many challenges to enrich the nation and society with an open mind.