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 and Nano Life Science Institute (NanoLSI)

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 supramolecules. As one of the outcomes, Kanazawa University established Nano Life Science Institute (NanoLSI) which was selected as a World Premier International (WPI) research center by the Japanese government in 2017. NanoLSI challenges to understand nanoscale mechanisms of life phenomena by exploring “uncharted nano-realms.”

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 July 2020 - 30 June 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kanazawa University (KU) published between 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC 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.

Count Share
98 35.10

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 42 20.02
1 0.05
4 1.75
7 2.84
5 3.21
3 0.67
1 0.20
3 1.39
2 2
2 1.13
1 0.05
3 1.30
1 0.28
4 3.04
1 0.67
1 0.05
3 1.41
Earth & Environmental Sciences 12 2.49
Life Sciences 36 9.03
Physical Sciences 18 6.12

Highlight of the month

Protein factories of the cell have bendy, tentacle-like arms

© theasis/E+/Getty Images

© theasis/E+/Getty Images

Ribosomes — the protein factories of the cell — use an octopus-like appendage to recruit the molecules they need to make proteins.

The ribosome is one of the best-characterized protein complexes in biology, but researchers have mostly taken static snapshots of the structure.

To obtain a dynamic picture of the ribosome’s changing molecular assembly, a team led by Kanazawa University researchers turned to high-speed atomic force microscopy — an imaging technique capable of visualizing sub-cellular structures at high spatial and temporal resolution.

The team focused on one component of the ribosome called the P-stalk, a flexible, six-part structure with tentacle-like arms that helps recruit molecules needed for protein production.

The movies revealed how the P-stalk latches onto two so-called elongation factors — one involved in bringing protein building blocks to the ribosome, the other in moving protein synthesis along. In this way, the bendy P-stalk maintains a concentrated, localized pool of these factors for efficient ribosome function.

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  1. PNAS 117, 32386–32394 (2020). doi: 10.1073/pnas.2018975117

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1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 60.8% Domestic
  • 39.2% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (104 total)

  • Kanazawa University (KU), Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. Kyoto University, Japan (8.17)
  2. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (5.18)
  3. Tohoku University, Japan (5.08)
  4. Nagoya University, Japan (4.93)
  5. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan (3.45)
  6. University of Tsukuba, Japan (2.62)
  7. RIKEN, Japan (2.60)
  8. Hokkaido University, Japan (2.02)
  9. National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan (1.66)
  10. Keio University, Japan (1.46)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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