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, Art Science Department, Osaka University of Arts)

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ISHIGURO Hiroshi
Osaka University
The Realization of an Avatar-Symbiotic Society where Everyone can Perform Active Roles without Constraint Transfer page
KANAI Ryota
Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR)
Liberation from Biological Limitations via Physical, Cognitive and Perceptual Augmentation Transfer page
MINAMIZAWA Kouta
Keio University
Cybernetic Avatar Technology and Social System Design for Harmonious Co-experience and Collective Ability Transfer page
ARAI Fumihito
The University of Tokyo
Structuring Spatiotemporal Environmental Information in the Body Using In-body Cybernetic Avatars. -
SHIMPO Fumio
Keio University
Realization of a Society that can Use Cybernetic Avatars Safely and Securely Transfer page
MATSUMURA Takeshi
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
Reliability-ensuring Cybernetic Avatar Infrastructure Allowing Interactive Teleoperation Transfer page
YAMANISHI Yoko
Kyushu University
Realization of a Society Watched over by Remote Control of Intracellular Cybernetic Avatar Transfer page

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

PD: SOBUE Gen (Chairperson, Aichi Medical University)

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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
Juntendo 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 Transfer page
TAKAHASHI Ryosuke
Kyoto University
Towards Overcoming Disorders Linked to Dementia based on a Comprehensive Understanding of Multiorgan Network -
MATSUURA Yoshiharu
Osaka University
Understanding and Control of Virus-Human Interaction Networks -

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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 (Visiting Professor, Institute of Innovation for Future Society, Nagoya University)

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SUGANO Shigeki
Waseda University
Smart Robot that is Close to One Person for a Lifetime Transfer page
NAGATANI Keiji
The University of Tokyo
Innovation in Construction of Infrastructure with Cooperative AI and Multi-Robots Adapting to Various Environments Transfer page
HARADA Kanako
The University of Tokyo
Co-evolution of Human and AI-Robots to Expand Science Frontiers Transfer page
HIRATA Yasuhisa
Tohoku University
Adaptable AI-enabled Robots to Create a Vibrant Society Transfer page
USHIKU Yoshitaka
OMRON SINIC X Corporation
AI & Robots that Harmonize with Humans to Create Knowledge and Cross Its Borders/td> -
KUNII Yasuharu
Chuo University
Intelligent Multi Agents for Exploration and Settlement in Unknown and Unexplored Areas Transfer page
SHIMODA Shingo
Nagoya University
Awareness AI Robot System for Leading Proactive Behavior Improvement -
YOSHIDA Kazuya
Tohoku University
Self-evolving AI Robot System for Lunar Exploration and Human Outpost Construction -

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

PD: YAMAJI Kenji (President 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

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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 Transfer page
NOGUCHI Takafumi
The University of Tokyo
C4S* Research and Development Project
* C4S: Calcium Carbonate Circulation System for Construction
Transfer page
NORINAGA Koyo
Nagoya University
Research and development toward saving energy for direct air capture with available cold energy Transfer page
FUKUSHIMA Yasuhiro
Tohoku University
Development of Combined Carbon Capture and Conversion (quad-C) Systems for the Utilization of Atmospheric CO2 Transfer page
FUJIKAWA Shigenori
Kyushu University
Development of Global CO2 Recycling Technology towards "Beyond-Zero" Emission Transfer page
UEDA Mitsuyoshi
Kyoto University
Redesign of macroalgae for highly efficient CO2 fixation by functional modifications and their product generation -
MITSUDA Nobutaka
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Development of next-generation CO2-fixing plant through the gene optimization, distant hybrid, and microbial symbiosis -
YANO Masahiro
National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)
Agrobiotechnological Direct Air Capture towards Carbon Circulation Society Transfer page
NAKAGAKI Takao
Waseda University
Advanced enhanced rock weathering (A-ERW) technology actively combined with site characteristics -
MORIMOTO Shinichirou
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Feasibility study of enhanced mineralization based on LCA/TEA platform -
MINAMISAWA Kiwamu
Tohoku University
Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural lands by optimizing nitrogen and carbon cycles Transfer page

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

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KAWAMOTO Tohru
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Innovative circular technologies for harmful nitrogen compounds Transfer page
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

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ITO Kohzo
The University of Tokyo
Development of Multi-lock Biopolymers Degradable in Ocean from Non-food Biomasses Transfer page
KASUYA Ken-ichi
Gunma University
Research and development of marine biodegradable plastics with degradation initiation switch function -
NAKAYAMA Atsuyoshi
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Development of photoswitching ocean-degradable plastics with edibility -

Moonshot Goal 4 page

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 Achieving Both Food Supply Expansion and Global Environment Conservation

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FUJIWARA Toru
The University of Tokyo
Achieving zero food risks by improving crop robustness using cyber-physical systems Transfer page
TAKEYAMA Haruko
Waseda University
Building a platform for sustainable farming by environmental control based on the microbe atlas of the soil Transfer page
SHIMIZU Tatsuya
Tokyo Women's Medical University
Bio-economical food production system using circular cell culture of algae and animal cells -
HINOMOTO Norihide
Kyoto University
Realization of zero pest damage agriculture by making full use of advanced physical methods and unused biological functions Transfer page
KOIKE Satoshi
Hokkaido University
Realization of a new livestock production system to reduce methane by 80 % through complete control of the bovine rumen microbiome Transfer page

(2) Food Consumption Systems Realizing Zero Food-loss and Waste

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YURA Kei
Ochanomizu University
Insect-Based Sustainable Food Production Systems toward Global Food Security and Human Space Exploration Project Transfer page
TAKAHASHI Shin-Ichiro
The University of Tokyo
Creation of Next-Generation Food Supply Industrial Chains for a Natural Capitalism Society -

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

PD: KITAGAWA Masahiro (Director, Center for Quantum Information and Quantum Biology, Osaka University)

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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 Transfer page
TAKAHASHI Hiroki
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
Fault-tolerant Quantum Computing with Photonically Interconnected Ion Traps Transfer page
FURUSAWA Akira
The University of Tokyo
Development of Large-scale Fault-tolerant Universal Optical Quantum Computers Transfer page
MIZUNO Hiroyuki
Hitachi, Ltd.
Large-scale Silicon Quantum Computer Transfer page
YAMAMOTO Takashi
Osaka University
Quantum Cyberspace with Networked Quantum Computer Transfer page
YAMAMOTO Tsuyoshi
NEC Corporation
Development of Integration Technologies for Superconducting Quantum Circuits Transfer page
AOKI Takao
Waseda University
Large-scale quantum hardware based on nanofiber cavity QED -
OHMORI Kenji
National Institutes of Natural Sciences
Large-scale and high-coherence fault-tolerant quantum computer with dynamical atom arrays Transfer page
KOBAYASHI Kazutoshi
Kyoto Institute of Technology
Development of a Scalable, Highly Integrated Quantum Error Correction System Transfer page
TARUCHA Seigo
RIKEN
Development of scalable Silicon quantum computer technology -
NAGAYAMA Shota
Keio University
Scalable and Robust Integrated Quantum Communication System -

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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.

PD: HIRANO Toshio (Professor Emeritus, Osaka University, President, Osaka International Cancer Treatment Foundation)

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ABE Takaaki
Tohoku University
Mitochondrial Medicine Transfer page
KURITA Masakazu
The University of Tokyo
Development of method for complex tissue regeneration via tissue embryonization -
NAKANISHI Makoto
The University of Tokyo
Extending healthy lifespan by eliminating senescent cells -
MURAKAMI Masaaki
Hokkaido University
Regulating microinflammation: Preventing disease through quantum and neuromodulation technologies -
YANAGISAWA Masashi
University of Tsukuba
Deciphering and Engineering Sleep and Hibernation -- The Future of Medical Care Transfer page
NANGAKU Masaomi
The University of Tokyo
Bring hospital into home toward controlling inflammation at home Transfer page
HONDA Kenya
Keio University
Understanding and harnessing the role of the gut microbiome in healthy longevity Transfer page
KOSEKI Haruhiko
RIKEN
A world of zero cancer risk created by rejuvenation using cell lineage conversion Transfer page
NISHIKAWA Hiroyoshi
Nagoya University
Actualization of a cancer-free society through regulation of chronic inflammation Transfer page

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Moonshot Goal 8
Realization of a society safe from the threat of extreme winds and rains by controlling and modifying the weather by 2050.

PD: MIYOSHI Takemasa (Team Leader , Center for Computational Science, Data Assimilation Research Team, RIKEN)

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SAWADA Yohei
The University of Tokyo
Control Theory of Weather-Society Coupling Systems for Supporting Social Decision-Making Transfer page
FUDEYASU Hironori
Yokohama National University
Typhoon Control Research Aiming for a Safe and Prosperous Society -
YAMAGUCHI Kosei
Kyoto University
Heavy Rainfall Control for Living Together with Isolated-Convective Rainstorms and Line-Shaped Rainbands -
KOTSUKI Shunji
Chiba University
Artificial generation of upstream maritime heavy rains to govern intense-rain-induced disasters over land -
TAKAGAKI Naohisa
University of Hyogo
Estimation and Control of Air-Sea Momentum and Heat Fluxes of Typhoons -
NISHIZAWA Seiya
RIKEN
Development of an Atmospheric Simulation Model for Estimating the Probability of Local Atmospheric Phenomena Transfer page
NONOMURA Taku
Tohoku University
Actuator Position Optimization for Large-Degree-of-Freedom Fields Transfer page
MORI Shuichi
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Development of Unmanned Marine Observation Vehicles Essential for Forecasting and Monitoring of Typhoon Artificial Control Transfer page

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Moonshot Goal 9
Realization of a mentally healthy and dynamic society by increasing peace of mind and vitality by 2050.

PD:KUMAGAI Seiji (Associate Professor, Institute for the Future of Human Society, Kyoto University)

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IMAMIZU Hiroshi
Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR)
Integration of Asian humanities and brain informatics to enhance peace and compassion of the mind Transfer page
TSUTSUI Ken-Ichiro
Tohoku University
Development of "Jizai Hon-yaku-ki (At-will Translator)" connecting various minds based on brain and body functions -
HASIDA Koiti
RIKEN
Freedom of Mind and Value Co-Creation through Decentralized Data Management -
MATSUMOTO Kenji
Tamagawa University
Maximizing well-being and agency on the basis of interpersonal comparison of brain indicators Transfer page
YAMADA Makiko
National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology
Realization of a society where people can live a forward-looking life in the face of adversity Transfer page
KIKUCHI Mitsuru
Kanazawa University
Protecting children's intellectual curiosity and individuality to realize a dynamic society -
KIDA Satoshi
The University of Tokyo
Understanding the cognitively regulatory basis of food value that controls feeding behaviors -
TAKUMI Toru
Kobe University
Brain science towards visualization and manipulation of the mind -
NAKAMURA Toru
Osaka University
Construction of an AIoT-based universal emotional state space and evaluation of well-being/ill-being states -
HOSODA Chihiro
Tohoku university
Child care commons:Proposing social infrastructure allowing others to substitute parental roles -
MIYAZAKI Katsuhiko
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
Elucidation of the mechanism of serotonin over optimism and pessimism -
SHINODA Hiroyuki
Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
A haptic partner that supports children's minds -
HISHIMOTO Akitoyo
Professor, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine
Realization of a society where child abuse and suicide are zero -

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Moostshot Goal 10
Realization of a dynamic society in harmony with the global environment and free from resource constraints, through diverse applications of fusion energy, by 2050

PD:YOSHIDA Zensho (Director General, National Institute for Fusion Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences)

PM: Now calling for Proposals for Project Managers(Application period: March 29, 2024 - June 4, 2024 at 12:00 noon, Japan Standard Time)

Moonshot Goal 10 page