National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ)

Greetings from the Director

Dr. Takashi USUDA
Director General
National Metrology
Institute of Japan (NMIJ)

Measurement standards play an indispensible role to guarantee reliability for the act of measurement and its results as the infrastructures for daily life, industries, research and so forth. National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ) is the national metrology institute (NMI) in Japan and was established in 2001 as a part of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). Since then, we have been engaging in ensuring the international equivalence in the measurement standards and establishing their traceability for over 10 years. During this period, with cooperation and support of related organizations and users of measurement standards, we could accomplish the intellectual infrastructure development plan with the aim to provide measurement standards comparable to the ones in the West ahead of schedule.

A new corporate status as a National Research and Development Agency has been granted to AIST since FY 2015. The fourth five-year mid-and long targeted term of AIST has started concurrently. NMIJ was also restructured and now consists of four Research Institutes (Engineering Measurement, Physical Measurement, Material and Chemical Measurement, and Analytical Instrumentation Measurement), Center for Quality Management of Metrology, and Research Promotion Division of NMIJ.

With the measurement standards having been implemented to a certain level, we recognize that we are in the phase of strengthening our activities to disseminate it.
To achieve this, during the fourth mid-and long targeted term plan of AIST, NMIJ aims to: 1) provide measurement standards based on needs of users and urgency, 2) implement various aspects of legal metrology system steadily, 3) disseminate measurement standards, and 4) develop measurement technologies related to measurement standards. Of these, measurement standards will be provided according to a development plan to be revised every year in order to match needs survey and urgency. Moreover, we will apply new technologies to legal metrology, and will put more effort into dissemination of measurement standards by making the information more easily accessible to public. In terms of the development of measurement technologies, NMIJ will work harder as a bridge between seeds of technology and industrial applications, which is also a goal of AIST.

We are willing to strive more for meeting your expectation and hope for your continuous understanding, support and cooperation.

April, 2017