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2020 tables: Institutions - academic

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The 2020 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

2019 Institution Share 2018 Share 2019
1 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 447.76 429.97
2 Kyoto University, Japan 289.47 251.29
3 Osaka University, Japan 170.92 182.59
4 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 126.66 149.51
5 Tohoku University, Japan 166.52 142.55
6 Nagoya University, Japan 130.74 113.73
7 Hokkaido University, Japan 113.72 110.9
8 Kyushu University, Japan 87.7 99.61
9 University of Tsukuba, Japan 39.56 54.99
10 Keio University, Japan 55.97 43.71
11 Okayama University, Japan 29.82 41.25
12 Hiroshima University (HU), Japan 29.63 34.52
13 Kanazawa University (KU), Japan 33.41 32.08
14 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan 31.09 25.66
15 Waseda University, Japan 26.38 25.63
16 Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Japan 23.11 24.32
17 Kobe University, Japan 24.04 21.56
18 Chiba University, Japan 27.38 21.26
19 Kumamoto University, Japan 15.87 18.29
20 Osaka Prefecture University (OPU), Japan 10.66 18.16
21 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan 18.83 17.71
22 The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Japan 17.98 16.73
23 Shinshu University (SU), Japan 14.2 16.53
24 Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan 15.21 14.45
25 Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU), Japan 14.37 14.36
26 Gifu University, Japan 9.74 14.32
27 Ehime University, Japan 10.19 13.78
28 Osaka City University (OCU), Japan 8.14 13.37
29 Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan 6.03 12.8
30 Tokushima University, Japan 7.92 11.45
31 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Japan 16.42 10.63
32 Shizuoka University, Japan 14.29 10.6
33 Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech), Japan 16.84 10.24
34 Ritsumeikan University, Japan 7.89 10.1
35 Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan 7.52 10.02
36 Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences (TUPLS), Japan 5.58 9.77
37 Yamagata University, Japan 8.22 9.64
38 University of Toyama, Japan 9.47 9.36
39 Nagoya City University, Japan 5.78 8.83
40 The University of Electro-Communications (UEC), Japan 7.75 8.57
41 Yokohama National University (YNU), Japan 9.26 8.33
42 Niigata University, Japan 6.74 7.36
43 The Kitasato Institute, Japan 6.72 7.06
44 Kindai University, Japan 6.23 6.92
45 Saitama University, Japan 5.09 6.89
46 Meijo University, Japan 2.2 6.75
47 Gunma University, Japan 8.67 6.51
48 Kanagawa University, Japan 5.28 6.34
49 Yokohama City University (YCU), Japan 9.93 5.86
50 University of Yamanashi, Japan 8.54 5.84
51 University of Shizuoka, Japan 4.5 5.84
52 Nihon University, Japan 5.37 5.57
53 Gakushuin University, Japan 5.68 5.46
54 Rikkyo University, Japan 5.86 5.39
55 Chubu University, Japan 2.48 5.04
56 Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan 5.01 4.98
57 Chuo University, Japan 11.24 4.7
58 Juntendo University, Japan 3.45 4.4
59 Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT), Japan 7.35 4.38
60 University of Hyogo, Japan 10.99 4.37
61 Mie University, Japan 3.72 4.35
62 Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan 4.46 4.27
63 Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan 5.01 4.16
64 Kochi University, Japan 2.91 4.02
65 Nagasaki University, Japan 4.39 4.01
66 Hirosaki University, Japan 1.53 4
67 Ibaraki University, Japan 5.63 3.89
68 Toyota Technological Institute (TTI), Japan 1.84 3.88
69 Yamaguchi University, Japan 5.53 3.88
70 Toho University, Japan 6.16 3.82
71 Nara Women's University, Japan 5.54 3.81
72 Doshisha University, Japan 5.7 3.77
73 Shimane University, Japan 5.99 3.56
74 Gifu Pharmaceutical University (GPU), Japan 2.95 3.55
75 Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan 3.58 3.5
76 Sophia University, Japan 3.5 3.43
77 Meiji University, Japan 3.04 3.39
78 Ochanomizu University, Japan 2.79 3.14
79 University of the Ryukyus, Japan 6.93 3.05
80 Tokai University, Japan 5.6 2.83
81 Toin University of Yokohama, Japan 0.4 2.6
82 Kochi University of Technology, Japan 3.93 2.57
83 Fujita Health University, Japan 1.1 2.55
84 Saitama Medical University (SMU), Japan 2.01 2.51
85 Fukuoka University, Japan 2.23 2.46
86 Meiji Pharmaceutical University, Japan 0.71 2.46
87 Saga University, Japan 2.29 2.43
88 Iwate University, Japan 1.48 2.4
89 Tottori University, Japan 2.59 2.39
90 Shiga University of Medical Science (SUMS), Japan 0.77 2.35
91 Showa Pharmaceutical University, Japan 0.07 2.26
92 Kansai University, Japan 3.81 2.24
93 Fukushima Medical University (FMU), Japan 1.48 2.2
94 Ryukoku University, Japan 0.28 2.12
95 Akita University, Japan 2.51 2.06
96 Konan University, Japan 6.2 2.05
97 The Jikei University School of Medicine, Japan 0.98 2.01
98 Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan 1.01 1.92
99 Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT), Japan 0.86 1.88
100 Kagoshima University, Japan 2.69 1.88
101 University of Fukui, Japan 6.43 1.82
102 Health Sciences University of Hokkaido, Japan 2.4 1.75
103 Aichi Institute of Technology (AIT), Japan 0.83 1.71
104 Akita Prefectural University, Japan 0.09 1.66
105 University of Kitakyushu, Japan 0.49 1.63
106 Tokushima Bunri University, Japan 1.73 1.6
107 Teikyo University, Japan 0.62 1.54
108 Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan 1.67 1.51
109 University of Miyazaki, Japan 4.01 1.51
110 Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine (KPUM), Japan 2 1.5
111 Seikei Gakuen, Japan 0.58 1.46
112 Kagawa University, Japan 0.9 1.44
113 Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT), Japan 0.06 1.36
114 Iwate Medical University, Japan 0.3 1.32
115 Kanazawa Medical University, Japan 0.88 1.3
116 Tamagawa University, Japan 1.45 1.25
117 Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan 1.92 1.24
118 Tokyo Women's Medical University (TWMU), Japan 1.01 1.22
119 Tokyo Gakugei University (TGU), Japan 0.41 1.22
120 Toyo University, Japan 0.66 1.21
121 Nippon Medical School, Japan 0.87 1.21
122 Utsunomiya University, Japan 0.36 1.2
123 Osaka Medical College, Japan 0.9 1.15
124 Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University (TMPU), Japan 1.07 1.15
125 Tokyo Medical University, Japan 1.53 1.13
126 Chitose Institute of Science and Technology, Japan 0.25 1.08
127 Kansai Medical University (KMU), Japan 1.26 1.05
128 National Defense Academy of Japan (NDA), Japan 0.9 1.02
129 The University of Shiga Prefecture, Japan 0.3 1.02
130 Hiroshima International University, Japan 1
130 Fukuoka Dental College, Japan 1.12 1
131 Kogakuin University, Japan 1.28 0.97
132 Aichi Medical University, Japan 1.31 0.97
133 Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, Japan 3.05 0.93
134 Jichi Medical University, Japan 1.96 0.92
135 Osaka Ohtani University, Japan 0.33 0.9
136 National Institute of Technology, Nara College, Japan 0.86
136 Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT), Japan 4.05 0.86
137 Fukushima University, Japan 1.9 0.85
138 International Christian University (ICU), Japan 0.56 0.82
139 Soka University, Japan 0.17 0.8
140 Sapporo Medical University, Japan 0.33 0.79
141 University of Occupational and Environmental Health (UOEH), Japan 0.05 0.79
142 Oita University, Japan 1.87 0.78
143 Musashino University, Japan 0.53 0.77
144 Japan Women's University, Japan 0.7 0.77
145 National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College, Japan 0.09 0.75
145 National Institute of Technology, Kumamoto College, Japan 0.75
146 Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT), Japan 0.6 0.7
147 St. Marianna University School of Medicine, Japan 1.16 0.65
148 National Institute of Technology, Numazu College, Japan 0.62
149 Daido University, Japan 0.59
150 Kitami Institute of Technology, Japan 0.25 0.56
151 Kurume University, Japan 0.68 0.55
152 Tokyo City University, Japan 0.03 0.54
153 Wakayama University, Japan 0.2 0.54
154 Fukui Prefectural University, Japan 0.54
155 Kyorin University, Japan 0.3 0.53
156 Showa University, Japan 1.03 0.52
157 National Institute of Technology, Kurume College, Japan 0.5
157 Aomori University, Japan 0.5
157 Meiji Gakuin University, Japan 1.14 0.5
158 Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Japan 0.08 0.49
159 Tsurumi University, Japan 0.09 0.48
160 Hyogo College of Medicine, Japan 0.63 0.46
161 Kawasaki Medical University, Japan 0.11 0.46
162 Josai University Educational Corporation, Japan 0.44
162 Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan 0.8 0.44
163 Kobe Pharmaceutical University, Japan 1.28 0.41
164 Hokkaido Information University, Japan 0.41
165 National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan 0.4
166 Azabu University, Japan 0.6 0.4
167 Hosei University, Japan 1.02 0.4
168 Ishikawa Prefectural University, Japan 0.31 0.39
169 Wakayama Medical University, Japan 0.12 0.38
170 Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Japan 0.16 0.38
171 National Institute of Technology, Suzuka College, Japan 0.17 0.37
172 Okayama University of Science, Japan 1.05 0.36
173 National Institute of Technology, Toyama College, Japan 0.31
174 Kumamoto Sanctuary (KS), Kyoto University, Japan 0.3
175 Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences (NUAS), Japan 0.29
176 Nara Medical University, Japan 0.29
177 Kobe Gakuin University, Japan 0.14 0.28
178 Hoshi University, Japan 1.66 0.26
179 Rissho University, Japan 0.1 0.25
179 Himeji Dokkyo University, Japan 0.13 0.25
179 National Institute of Technology, Kagawa College, Japan 0.25
179 Japan Coast Guard Academy (JCGA), Japan 0.25
179 Kyoritsu Women's University, Japan 0.25
179 Sapporo University of Health Sciences, Japan 0.25
179 Nippon Institute of Technology (NIT), Japan 0.25
179 Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan 0.08 0.25
179 Hokkai-Gakuen University, Japan 0.7 0.25
179 National Institute of Technology, Gifu College, Japan 0.5 0.25
180 The Open University of Japan, Japan 0.45 0.23
181 Osaka University of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Japan 0.29 0.22
182 Dokkyo Medical University, Japan 0.22
183 Fukui University of Technology, Japan 0.22
184 Asahikawa Medical University, Japan 0.15 0.21
185 Meikai University, Japan 0.21
186 National Institute of Technology Oyama College, Japan 0.2
186 Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts, Japan 0.06 0.2
186 Kanto Gakuin University, Japan 0.07 0.2
186 Toyama Prefectural University, Japan 0.36 0.2
186 Teikyo Heisei University, Japan 0.86 0.2
187 The University of Aizu, Japan 1.2 0.19
188 National Defense Medical College, Japan 0.48 0.18
189 Matsumoto Dental University (MDU), Japan 0.38 0.18
190 Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences (NUPALS), Japan 0.33 0.17
190 Saitama Institute of Technology, Japan 0.17
190 Institute for Global Change Adaptation Science (ICAS), Ibaraki University, Japan 0.17
190 National Institute of Technology, Akashi College, Japan 0.17
190 Kyushu Dental University (KDU), Japan 0.1 0.17
191 Tokyo University of Technology (TUT), Japan 0.13 0.16
192 Miyagi University of Education, Japan 0.14 0.15
193 Nagasaki International University, Japan 0.15
194 The Nippon Dental University, Japan 0.15 0.15
195 Aichi University of Education, Japan 1.77 0.15
196 University of the Sacred Heart, Japan 0.14
196 National Institute of Technology, Nagaoka College, Japan 0.16 0.14
197 Fukuoka Institute of Technology (FIT), Japan 0.01 0.13
198 Osaka Sangyo University, Japan 0.29 0.13
198 Tokyo Kasei University, Japan 0.39 0.13
198 Tohoku Institute of Technology, Japan 0.13
198 Yokohama University of Pharmacy, Japan 0.11 0.13
198 Prefectural University of Kumamoto (PUK), Japan 0.25 0.13
199 National Institute of Technology, Yonago College, Japan 0.12
200 St. Luke's International University, Japan 0.12
201 Higashi Chikushi Junior College, Japan 0.11
201 Nihon Pharmaceutical University, Japan 0.11
201 Beppu University, Japan 0.11
201 Kobe City College of Technology, Japan 0.17 0.11
202 Hokkaido University of Education, Japan 0.72 0.11
203 Sanyo-Onoda City University, Japan 0.1
203 Mukogawa Women's University, Japan 0.1
203 Tsukuba International University, Japan 0.1
204 Nagasaki Institute of Applied Science, Japan 0.07 0.09
205 Tokyo Seiei College (TSC), Japan 0.07 0.08
205 Otsuma Women's University, Japan 0.08
206 Aichi Shukutoku University, Japan 0.07
206 Division of Cell Signaling, NIPS NINS, Japan 0.07
207 Hiroshima Institute of Technology, Japan 0.02 0.07
208 International University of Health and Welfare, Japan 0.08 0.07
209 Gifu High School, Japan 0.07
209 Department of Applied Developmental Biology, Central Institute for Experimental Animals, Japan 0.07
209 Ichinomiya High School, Japan 0.07
209 Aichi Gakuin University (AGU), Japan 0.22 0.07
209 Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University (NVLU), Japan 0.31 0.07
210 Kansai University of Health Sciences, Japan 0.15 0.06
210 Health Science University, Japan 0.06
210 National Institute of Technology, Okinawa College (NIT, Okinawa College), Japan 0.06
210 Gunma Paz University, Japan 0.06
211 Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences (IPU), Japan 0.04 0.05
212 Osaka Dental University, Japan 0.04 0.05
212 Kurume Institute of Technology, Japan 0.08 0.05
213 Faculty of Core Research, Ochanomizu University, Japan 0.05
214 Meisei Gakuen, Japan 0.32 0.04
215 National Institute of Technology, Kagoshima College, Japan 0.2 0.04
216 Kyoto University of Education, Japan 0.02 0.04
217 Gifu Kyoritsu University, Japan 0.03
217 National Fisheries University, Japan 0.03
217 National Institute of Technology, Wakayama College, Japan 0.03
218 Jobu University, Japan 0.03
218 Setsunan University, Japan 0.41 0.03
219 The United Nations University, Japan 0.1 0.03
219 Tenshi College, Japan 0.03
219 Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan 0.13 0.03
220 Hiroshima City University (HCU), Japan 0.14 0.02
221 Seisa University, Japan 0.02
221 Onomichi City University, Japan 0.02
222 Kyushu University of Health and Welfare, Japan 0.02
223 Ashikaga University, Japan 0.02
224 Aichi Toho University, Japan 0.02
225 National Institute of Technology, Ibaraki College, Japan 0.24 0.01
226 Sakushin Gakuin University, Japan 0.01 0.01
226 Shonan Institute of Technology, Japan 0.01 0.01
226 Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology (TMCIT), Japan 0.01 0.01
227 Hitotsubashi University, Japan 0.01
228 Shizuoka University of Welfare, Japan 0.01 0.01

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