National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

 
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) is a public research institution funded by the Japanese government to a large extent.  
The present AIST is a rather new research organization established in 2001. However, AIST and its predecessor organizations have been contributing to society through continuous advancement in technologies and support to Japanese industries since 1882.  
AIST has over 40 autonomous research units in various innovative research fields, and the units are located at ten research bases and several sites (smaller than research bases) of AIST all over Japan.
Website http://www.aist.go.jp/index_en.html