R&D Projects

Program Directors(PD),Project Managers(PM), R&D Projects are as follows.

Moonshot Goal #1
Realization of a society in which human beings can be free from limitations of body, brain, space, and time by 2050.

PD: HAGITA Norihiro (Chair and Professor, Osaka University of Arts)

PM R&D Project
ISHIGURO Hiroshi
Osaka University
Realization of a Human-Avatar Symbiotic Society where Everyone can Experience a Diverse Range of Human Activities
KANAI Ryota
Araya, Inc.
Freedom from Bodily Limitations by Expanding Physical and Perceptional Capabilities
MINAMIZAWA Kouta
Keio University
Development of Cybernetic Avatars to Create Shared-Experience with Harmonious Physical and Social Characteristics

Moonshot Goal #2
Realization of ultra-early disease prediction and intervention by 2050.

PD: SOBUE Gen (Chairperson, Aichi Medical University)

PM R&D Project
AIHARA Kazuyuki
The University of Tokyo
Comprehensive Mathematical Understanding of the Complex Control System between Organs and Challenge for Ultra-Early Precision Medicine
OHNO Shigeo
Yokohama City University
Challenge toward the Control of Intractable Cancer through Understanding of Molecular, Cellular, and Interorgan Networks
KATAGIRI Hideki
Tohoku University
Challenge for Eradication of Diabetes and Comorbidities through Understanding and Manipulating Homeostatic Systems
TAKAHASHI Ryosuke
Kyoto University
Towards Overcoming Disorders Linked to Dementia based on a Comprehensive Understanding of Organ Connectivity
MATSUURA Yoshiharu
Osaka University
Understanding and Control of Virus-Human Interaction Networks

Moonshot Goal #3
Realization of AI robots that autonomously learn, adapt to their environment, evolve in intelligence and act alongside human beings, by 2050.

PD: FUKUDA Toshio (Professor, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Meijo University / IEEE President and CEO(2020))

PM R&D Project
SUGANO Shigeki
Waseda University
Smart Robot that is Close to One Person for a Lifetime
NAGATANI Keiji
The University of Tokyo
Innovation in Construction of Infrastructure with Cooperative AI and Multi-Robots Adapting to Various Environments
HARADA Kanako
The University of Tokyo
Co-evolution of Human and AI-Robots to Expand Science Frontiers
HIRATA Yasuhisa
Tohoku University
A New Lifestyle Alongside AI-enabled Robots to Create Together a Diverse and Inclusive Society that Leaves No One Behind

Moonshot Goal #4
Realization of sustainable resource circulation to recover the global environment by 2050.

PD: YAMAJI Kenji (Vice President, Director-General of the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE))

(1) Development of technologies to recover greenhouse gases ("GHGs") and convert them into valuable materials

PM R&D Project
KATO Souichiro
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Development of a bioprocess that uses electrical energy to fix atmospheric CO2
KODAMA Akio
Kanazawa University
Development of highly efficient direct air capture (DAC) and carbon recycling technologies
SUGIYAMA Masakazu
The University of Tokyo
Integrated Electrochemical Systems for Scalable CO2 Conversion to Chemical Feedstocks
NOGUCHI Takafumi
The University of Tokyo
C4S* Research and Development Project
* C4S: Calcium Carbonate Circulation System for Construction
NORINAGA Koyo
Nagoya University
Research and development toward saving energy for direct air capture with available cold energy
FUKUSHIMA Yasuhiro
Tohoku University
Development of Combined Carbon Capture and Conversion (quad-C) modules targeting low carbon dioxide concentration gases for balancing the global carbon budget
FUJIKAWA Shigenori
Kyushu University
Development of Global CO2 Recycling Technology towards "Beyond-Zero" Emission
MINAMISAWA Kiwamu
Tohoku University
Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural lands by optimizing nitrogen and carbon cycles

(2) Development of technologies to recover nitrogen compounds and convert them into harmless or useful materials

PM R&D Project
KAWAMOTO Tohru
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Innovative circular technologies for harmful nitrogen compounds
WAKIHARA Toru
The University of Tokyo
Development of recovery and removal techniques of dilute reactive nitrogen to realize nitrogen circulating society

(3) Development of marine biodegradable plastics which can control the timing and speed of their degradability

PM R&D Project
ITO Kohzo
The University of Tokyo
Development of Multi-lock Biopolymers Degradable in Ocean from Non-food Biomasses
KASUYA Ken-ichi
Gunma University
Research and development of marine biodegradable plastics with degradation initiation switch function
KANEKO Tatsuo
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Development of photoswitching ocean-degradable plastics with edibility

Moonshot Goal #5
Creation of the industry that enables sustainable global food supply by exploiting unused biological resources by 2050.

PD: CHIBA Kazuhiro (President, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology)

(1) Food production systems that achieve expansion of food supply andconservation of the global environment

PM R&D Project
OHSAWA Ryo
University of Tsukuba
Achieving zero food risk by improving crop resilience using cyber-physical systems
KOBAYASHI Yasuo
Hokkaido University
Realization of a new livestock production system for 80 % reduction of methane emission by complete control of the cattle rumen microbiome
SHIMIZU Tatsuya
Tokyo Women's Medical University
Bio-economical food production system based on circular cell culture using algae, plant and animal cells
TAKEYAMA Haruko
Waseda University
Building a platform for sustainable farming by environmental control based on the microbe atlas of the soil
HINOMOTO Norihide
Kyoto University
Realization of zero pest damage agriculture by making full use of advanced physical methods and unused biological functions
MATSUURA Kenji
Kyoto University
Termites' destructive wood-decomposition ability to convert unused wood into feed and food

(2) Food consumption system aiming at zero food loss and waste

PM R&D Project
KANEMOTO Keiichiro
Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Development of a method for identifying food loss and waste on a global scale
TAKAHASHI Shin-Ichiro
The University of Tokyo
Creation of next-generation food supply industrial chains based on natural capitalism society
NAKAJIMA Mitsutoshi
University of Tsukuba
Development of innovative food solutions that simultaneously reduce food loss and improve QoL
YURA Kei
Ochanomizu University
Development of a circulatory food production system supported by crickets to solve global food problems and to prepare for human expanding to space

Moonshot Goal #6
Realization of a fault-tolerant universal quantum computer that will revolutionize economy, industry, and security by 2050.

PD: KITAGAWA Masahiro (Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University)

PM R&D Project
KOASHI Masato
The University of Tokyo
Research and Development of Theory and Software for Fault-tolerant Quantum Computers
KOSAKA Hideo
Yokohama National University
Development of Quantum Interfaces for Building Quantum Computer Networks
TAKAHASHI Hiroki
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
Fault-tolerant Quantum Computing with Photonically Interconnected Ion Traps
FURUSAWA Akira
The University of Tokyo
Development of Large-scale Fault-tolerant Universal Optical Quantum Computers
MIZUNO Hiroyuki
Hitachi, Ltd.
Silicon Massively Parallel NISQ Computer
YAMAMOTO Takashi
Osaka University
Quantum Cyberspace with Networked Quantum Computer
YAMAMOTO Tsuyoshi
NEC Corporation
Development of Integration Technologies for Superconducting Quantum Circuits

Moonshot Goal #7
Realization of sustainable care systems to overcome major diseases by 2040, for enjoying one’s life with relief and release from health concerns until 100 years old Realization of a fault-tolerant universal quantum computer that will revolutionize economy, industry, and security by 2050.

PD: HIRANO Toshio (President, National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST))

PM R&D Project
ABE Takaaki
Tohoku University
Mitochondrial Medicine
KURITA Masakazu
The University of Tokyo
Development of method for complex tissue regeneration via tissue embryonization
NAKANISHI Makoto
The University of Tokyo
Realization of innovative medical systems that extend healthy lifespan to 100 years old by eliminating tissue inflammation-inducing cells
MURAKAMI Masaaki
Hokkaido University
Quantum technology and neuromodulation medicine for new therapeutic strategies to suppress microinflammations
YANAGISAWA Masashi
University of Tsukuba
Development of new-generation medical care systems through customizing sleep and hibernation