Japan has over 500 universities and colleges, 20% of which are publicly owned and 80% that are private.
KI has formal agreements with Tokyo Women's Medical University, National Institute of Radiological Science, Keio University and RIKEN.
The Imperial universities such as Tokyo University, Osaka University and Kyoto University have an outstanding role in Japan. Excellent research can also be found at several smaller universities.
The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) has an excellent track record in basic research. Several new RIKEN Life Science Centers have been built during the last decade, e.g. Brain Science Institute, Genomic Sciences Center, Center for Developmental Biology, and Research Center for Allergy and Immunology.
The National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) is a newly established organization that includes five large research institutes.
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) has their Scandinavian office at KI.