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Snapshot: The University of Tokyo – Asia’s star in the reputation ranks

23 July 2019

Bec Crew

The top-ranked university outside the US and UK for reputation.

Why can't British universities be more like New York University?

10 July 2019

David Payne

Former minister reveals thwarted hopes and the limits of political interference.

The top 10 countries that dominate natural sciences research

1 July 2019

Nature Index

The United States reigns as the colossus but China is taking up ever more space, squeezing out European stalwarts.


The top 10 research institutions for 2018

20 June 2019

Nature Index

These institutions were the largest contributors to papers published in the past year in the 82 leading journals tracked by the Nature Index.

The top 10 institutions for physical sciences in 2018

20 June 2019

Nature Index

These institutions were the largest contributors to physical-science papers for 2018 published in the 82 leading journals tracked by the Nature Index.

The top 10 academic institutions in 2018

20 June 2019

Nature Index

Among the world’s academic institutions, these were the largest contributors to articles tracked by the Nature Index.

Japan faces down disaster

24 April 2018

Tim Hornyak

An institute’s work on warning and mitigation systems for catastrophic events is a national priority.

Pillars of a smart society: From blockchain to surgical robots

18 April 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Across the scientific fields, Japanese researchers are bringing together the virtual and real worlds.

Japan bets on science diplomacy

16 April 2018

Daniel Hurst

International collaborations are rising, but not enough to put Japan on the global researcher circuit.

Japan shakes up research funding system

1 August 2017

Tim Hornyak

An overhaul of Japan’s competitive grants programme could revive the country’s international science standing.

How Todai is encouraging research spinoffs

11 April 2017

Ian Munroe

It was the first Japanese university to establish a venture capital firm.

The rise and rise of a biology superstar

30 March 2017

Tim Hornyak

Nobel laureate Yoshinori Ohsumi’s persistent study of baker’s yeast spawned an exciting new field, and proves the value of supporting scientists in pursuit of their passion.

New data reveals universities in Tokyo are highly connected

17 November 2016

Tim Hornyak

The Japanese capital is a hub of local research collaborations.

Ten institutions that dominated science in 2015

20 April 2016

Sarah O'Meara

The top 10 institutions in the Nature Index are the largest contributors to papers published in 68 leading journals in 2015