Last Updated : October 8, 2019
Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ), AIST is a public organization to carry out various geological surveys and researches. GSJ has consistently provided geological information, which is essential to build a safe and sustainable society, since its establishment in 1882.
Vision and Mission
Assess the Geology (Quality of Earth) by using our world’s-best geological survey and analytical techniques, and help to solve the social problems relating to stable supply of resources and energy, environmental conservation, and mitigation of natural disasters from a global perspective. As a national institute of geological survey, promote cooperation with domestic and overseas earth scientific organization.
Gather, compile, and provide geological information, and develop its technologies to overcome various difficulties in global environmental protection, exploration of minerals and energy resources, and natural disaster mitigation. Disseminate the outcomes of its research activities and coordinate international cooperation with geoscience institutions and organizations all over the world.
Organization of GSJ
GSJ consists of three research units of the Research Institute of Earthquake and Volcano Geology, the Research Institute for Geo-Resources and Environment, and the Research Institute of Geology and Geoinformation, along with two teams on geothermal energy at the Renewable Energy Research Center, the Geoinformation Service Center including the Geological Museum, and Research Promotion Division.
Research Promotion Division
|Assistant Director General||Masahiko Makino|
|Deputy Director General / Director, Research Promotion Division||Shinsuke Nakao|
|Director, Research Planning Office, Research Promotion Division||Kazutoshi Imanishi|
|Director, Research Institute of Earthquake and Volcano Geology||Jun'ichi Itoh|
|Director, Research Institute for Geo-Resources and Environment||Yuji Mitsuhata|
|Director, Research Institute of Geology and Geoinformation||Yuichiro Tanaka|
|Principal Research Manager, Renewable Energy Research Center||Hiroshi Asanuma|
|Director, Geoinformation Service Center||Takayuki Sawaki|
|1882||The Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ) was established under the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce with the goals to make geological maps of the country, undertaking researches related to soils for agriculture and exploration of mineral resources.|
|1925||GSJ was affiliated with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.|
|1946||Moved to Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture. Four local branches were established.|
|1948||GSJ was transferred to the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology (former AIST) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Hokkaido branch was established.
|1949||GSJ was affiliated with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.|
|1952||GSJ was transferred to the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology.|
|1967||GSJ was reorganized into a headquarterand six branches.|
|1979||GSJ and eight other institutions of AIST in Tokyo moved to Tsukuba Science City, Ibaraki Prefecture.|
|1980||The Geological Museum opened to the public.|
|1988||GSJ was reorganized into Tsukuba Headquarter and four local branches.|
|1992||Chugoku-Shikoku Center (branch) closed.|
|1995||Kyushyu Center closed. Kinki-Chyubu Center (branch) was reorganized as Osaka Center (branch).|
|2001||AIST was extensively restructured in April 2001 as an independent administrative agency integrating fifteen research institutes of the former Agency of Industrial Science and Technology. In accordance with the organizational restruction of AIST, the new GSJ included three Research Institutes, two Research Centers, and five relevant units.|
|2004||The Institute for Marine Resources and Environment and the Institute of Geoscience were merged into the Institute of Geology and Geoinformation (May). The Geoinformation Division and the International Geoscience Cooperation Office were merged into the Geoinformation Center (August).|
|2007||The Research Center for Deep Geological Environment transitioned to the Research Core for Deep Geological Environment (April).|
|2009||The Active Fault Research Center and seismic research groups in the Institute of Geoscience were merged into the Active Fault and Earthquake Research Center (April).|
|2014||The Active Fault and Earthquake Research Center and the Collaborative Research Team for Eco-technology of Seto Inland Sea stopped their activities in March, followed by the establishment of the Institute of Earthquake and Volcano Geology that consists of the former Research Center and the Geodynamics Research Group and volcanic research groups of the Institute of Geology and Geoinformation (April).|
|The Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, AIST (FREA) was established (April). GSJ has sent researchers to the Geothermal Energy Team and the Shallow Geothermal and Hydrogeology Team.|