Last Updated: April 18, 2022

NAKAO Shinsuke, Director General, Geological Survey of Japan The origin of the Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ) dates back to 1882. GSJ boasts the longest history in the seven research institutes of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and has developed its ability and skills in geoscience inheriting the aspiration and achievement of the predecessor organization.

 We devote ourselves to geoscientific research to contribute to the development of our country with our missions in mind: to enhance the quality and quantity of our fundamental geoinformation; to conduct field surveys aiming at natural resources, environmental protection and disaster mitigation; and to deliver the outcomes. We also tackle global issues with other geoscience research institutes abroad, coordinating and collaborating in different forms.

 Our objective to contribute to resource ensuring safety, environmental conservation and utilization, and disaster mitigation and prevention aims to resolve issues and problems in our society, which is in line with the mission of the Fifth Medium- and Long-Term Plan of AIST, the national research entity dedicated to existing for our society.

 Although there are no prospects for an end to the recurring outbreaks of new coronaviruses around the world, the situation remains uncertain. GSJ keeps working on our task and delivers high quality research results and geoinformation to society to contribute to solving social issues both in and out of Japan.

NAKAO Shinsuke
Director General, Geological Survey of Japan
Executive Officer, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology