RIKEN

RIKEN is a large natural sciences research institute in Japan. Founded in 1917, it now has approximately 3000 scientists on seven campuses across Japan, the main one in Wako, just outside Tokyo. RIKEN is an Independent Administrative Institution whose formal name is Rikagaku Kenkyusho. RIKEN conducts research in many areas of science, including physics, chemistry, biology, medical science, engineering and computational science, and ranging from basic research to practical applications. It is almost entirely funded by the Japanese government, and its annual budget is approximately 88 billion yen (US$760 million).

Address
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan
E-mail
koho@riken.jp
Fax
+81-(0)48-462-4715
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Feb 18, 2014
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Amplifying communication between neurons

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Jan 17, 2014
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Jan 10, 2014
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Fighting asthma drug resistance

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Jan 10, 2014
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