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NICT building in Koganei, Tokyo
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
Jōhō Tsūshin Kenkyū Kikō
Agency overview
FormedOctober 1896
JurisdictionGovernment of Japan
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan
Agency executive
  • President, Masao Sakauchi
Parent agencyMinistry of Internal Affairs and Communications

The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (情報通信研究機構, Jōhō Tsūshin Kenkyū Kikō, NICT) is Japan's primary national research institute for information and communications. It is located at 4-2-1 Nukui-Kitamachi, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8795, Japan.

NICT was established as an Independent Administrative Institution in 2004 when Japan's Communications Research Laboratory (established 1896) merged with the Telecommunications Advancement Organization. Today NICT's mission is to carry out research and development in the field of information and communications technology.[1] It has a range of responsibilities including generating and disseminating Japan's national frequency and time standards; conducting type approval tests of radio equipment for the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) and marine radar based on Japan's Radio Law; and providing regular observations of the ionosphere and space weather. It also operates the JJY, a low frequency time signal.

In late August 2015, it was announced that a terahertz radiation scanner developed by the institute would be one of the instruments carried by the ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, currently due for launch in 2022.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Fujitsu Laboratories, NICT and Kyushu University Achieve World Record Cryptanalysis of Next-Generation Cryptography". Fujitsu Laboratories. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Japan tech to explore Jupiter moon". The Yomiuri Shimbun. Japan. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.

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