The National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) is a national research institution that was established in accordance with the National Government Organization Law under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to be engaged in the Japanese government’s science and technology policy-planning process.
It is expected to ascertain government needs to collaborate and cooperate with government agencies, including participation in the decision-making process.
Accordingly, NISTEP takes on the following three missions:
- To forecast future policy issues and investigate them through autonomous research
- To carry out research in response to requests from government agencies
- As a core institution in the field of science and technology research, to provide data that forms the basis of research and play a key cooperative and contributing role in activities with other institutions and researchers, in order to contribute to the expansion and accumulation of knowledge.