Kanazawa University (KU)


Established nearly seven decades ago but with roots stretching back over a century and a half, Kanazawa University has a proud tradition of contributing to the development of Japan and the world. Only two and a half hours by bullet train from Tokyo, the university has become the leading university on the Sea of Japan coast, with more than 10,000 students enrolled in various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Embracing globalization

Kanazawa University is strongly committed to implementing global standards for education, training and research. Realizing the importance of establishing networks and collaboration in these areas, the university has recently developed new goals to help it to address the challenges of the future. In particular, it will further its contribution to society by promoting international and interdisciplinary education and research through establishing the Kanazawa University Model for Globalization, which will consolidate Kanazawa University’s place at the centre of higher education and research in East Asia.

Strengthening priority research

Kanazawa University is cultivating the full spectrum of research — from fundamental investigations to technology-related studies. In particular, Kanazawa University’s five priority research areas are nanoscience research using innovative atomic force microscopy techniques; nutrition-related diseases; cancer progression; cultural-resource studies; and innovative material sciences based on supermolecules.

Promoting interdisciplinarity

Kanazawa University is adopting a collaborative and network-based approach to foster outstanding researchers who work internationally and across disciplines to engage in new challenges that require breaking conventional molds. To this end, the university established the Institute for Frontier Science Initiative (InFiniti) in 2015 to further promote interdisciplinary research and foster global scientists. The 16 research units in the initiative are primarily led by young principal investigators in conjunction with unit leaders.

Encouraging brain circulation

With its goal of being “a research university dedicated to education, while opening its doors to local and global society,” Kanazawa University seeks to be a hub for top-class education and research in East Asia. It aims to provide a world-class international research environment that attracts excellent young researchers who are inspired to tackle new challenges.

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1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kanazawa University (KU) published between 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

57 22.45 22

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Life Sciences 26 6.15 6.15
Chemistry 22 12.63 12.63
Physical Sciences 13 4.54 4.09
Earth & Environmental Sciences 2 0.55 0.55

Highlight of the month

And… cut! Gene-editing tool recorded in action



Real-time imaging of the popular gene-editing tool, CRISPR-Cas9, has revealed how molecules combine forces to cut DNA.

CRISPR-Cas9 uses an RNA molecule to guide the Cas9 protein to a specific section of DNA for Cas9 to cut so that genes can be added or removed. As imaging techniques can tamper with the target molecules this process has never before been observed in action. A team led by researchers from Kanazawa University used atomic force microscopy to record the molecules doing their job. The footage showed that Cas9 is usually a flexible, shape-shifting protein, but with the guide RNA attached, forms a fixed and stable structure. These newly built ‘molecular scissors’ head to their target on the DNA and change shape again to make the final cut.

This work confirms scientists’ theory of how CRISPR-Cas9 works and highlights the potential of atomic force microscopy in molecular imaging.

Supported content

  1. Nature Communications 8, 1430 (2017). doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-01466-8

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 60.56% Domestic
  • 39.44% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (81 total)

  • Kanazawa University (KU), Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. University of Tsukuba, Japan (3.40)
  2. Hokkaido University (Hokudai), Japan (2.97)
  3. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (2.76)
  4. Kyoto University, Japan (2.62)
  5. Doshisha University, Japan (2.48)
  6. Kyushu University, Japan (2.10)
  7. Nagoya University, Japan (1.91)
  8. Tohoku University, Japan (1.80)
  9. Osaka University, Japan (1.25)
  10. RIKEN, Japan (1.15)

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

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