2016 tables: Institutions - physical sciences

The 2016 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Count 2015
1 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 223.53 614
2 Tohoku University, Japan 87.66 212
3 Kyoto University, Japan 79.59 253
4 RIKEN, Japan 69.77 259
5 National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan 63.32 180
6 Osaka University, Japan 49.07 196
7 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 42.58 187
8 National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan 39.41 99
9 Nagoya University, Japan 36.48 193
10 Kyushu University, Japan 22.57 120
11 Hokkaido University, Japan 21.93 50
12 High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Japan 19.95 160
13 University of Tsukuba, Japan 19.30 141
14 Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), Japan 16.55 33
15 Waseda University, Japan 16.51 113
16 Keio University, Japan 15.17 33
17 National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan 13.86 72
18 Hiroshima University (HU), Japan 13.48 67
19 Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Japan 11.71 46
20 Yamagata University, Japan 8.73 25
21 Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Japan 8.52 24
22 Okayama University, Japan 7.99 98
23 Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI), Japan 7.88 51
24 Osaka Prefecture University (OPU), Japan 7.53 16
25 Kobe University, Japan 6.48 95
26 Yokohama National University (YNU), Japan 5.69 7
27 Toshiba Corporation, Japan 5.50 10
28 The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Japan 5.15 43
29 Osaka City University (OCU), Japan 5.02 30
30 Hitachi, Ltd., Japan 5.01 20
31 Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan 4.74 11
32 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan 4.65 11
33 Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU), Japan 4.65 95
34 Toyota Group, Japan 4.64 11
35 Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech), Japan 4.53 7
36 The University of Electro-Communications (UEC), Japan 4.43 12
37 Niigata University, Japan 4.14 19
38 National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan 3.69 13
39 Chiba University, Japan 3.45 22
40 Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan 3.45 5
41 Shizuoka University, Japan 3.45 11
42 Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan 3.36 9
43 Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan 3.15 9
44 National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST), Japan 3.06 14
45 Mie University, Japan 2.90 5
46 University of Toyama, Japan 2.72 9
47 Ibaraki University, Japan 2.60 11
48 Mitsubishi Group, Japan 2.60 7
49 Saitama University, Japan 2.50 11
50 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan 2.45 21
51 Rikkyo University, Japan 2.34 12
52 Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan 2.27 7
53 Shinshu University (SU), Japan 2.23 77
54 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan 2.19 6
55 Kumamoto University, Japan 2.02 5
56 Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT), Japan 2.01 4
57 Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., Japan 1.95 3
58 Ehime University, Japan 1.94 11
59 Toyota Technological Institute (TTI), Japan 1.91 7
60 Panasonic Corporation, Japan 1.88 4
61 Saga University, Japan 1.86 4
62 Kaneka Corporation, Japan 1.83 3
63 Doshisha University, Japan 1.63 4
64 Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT), Japan 1.53 3
65 Canon Inc., Japan 1.50 2
66 University of Hyogo, Japan 1.47 5
67 Gunma University, Japan 1.47 6
68 Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Japan 1.41 8
69 Ritsumeikan University, Japan 1.37 49
70 Kobe Steel, Ltd., Japan 1.37 3
71 Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan 1.32 7
72 Meijo University, Japan 1.28 3
73 Nihon University, Japan 1.28 9
74 Kanazawa University (KU), Japan 1.27 7
75 Toyama Prefectural University, Japan 1.27 3
76 Kochi University of Technology, Japan 1.26 4
77 JEOL Ltd., Japan 1.18 4
78 TDK Corporation, Japan 1.17 2
78 Fujitsu Ltd., Japan 1.17 2
78 Juntendo University, Japan 1.17 4
79 Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (KISTEC), Japan 1.14 4
80 Teijin Ltd., Japan 1.09 3
81 Tohoku Institute of Technology, Japan 1.07 2
82 Japan Fine Ceramics Center (JFCC), Japan 1.04 10
83 National Defense Academy of Japan (NDA), Japan 1.03 2
84 Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL) Co., Ltd., Japan 1.00 1
84 Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology (TMCIT), Japan 1.00 1
84 Sony Corporation, Japan 1.00 1
84 Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine (KPUM), Japan 1.00 1
84 Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd., Japan 1.00 1
85 Utsunomiya University, Japan 0.98 3
86 Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT), Japan 0.96 3
87 Shimane University, Japan 0.95 3
88 Kochi University, Japan 0.88 3
89 Tokushima University, Japan 0.87 2
90 National Institute of Technology, Toyama College, Japan 0.80 1
91 Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT), Japan 0.78 3
92 Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL), Japan 0.76 3
93 Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Japan 0.76 2
94 Tokuyama Corporation, Japan 0.70 1
94 Tamura Corporation, Japan 0.70 2
95 Yokohama City University (YCU), Japan 0.67 1
95 Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan 0.67 1
95 Okayama Institute for Quantum Physics, Japan 0.67 1
96 Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS), Japan 0.66 4
97 Toho University, Japan 0.65 14
98 Toyota Physical and Chemical Research Institute, Japan 0.62 7
99 Kogakuin University, Japan 0.61 8
100 NEC Corporation, Japan 0.60 5

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