Program for Advanced Research Equipment Platforms

This project aims to contribute to the sustainable maintenance and development of Japan’s research and development infrastructure by building a network that includes the maintenance and operation of Japan’s most advanced research facilities and equipment, and by forming a nationwide platform with an advanced utilization support system for all researchers. The following four platforms have been adopted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

NMR Platform

Microscopic imaging solution platform

Power LASER DX Platform

MRI Platform

Microscopic Imaging Solution Platform

The ‘Microscopic Imaging Solution Platform’ is one of the platforms of ‘Program for Advanced Research Equipment Platforms’. Participating organizations are Hokkaido University, Hamamatsu University of Medicine, Hiroshima University, Hitachi Ltd, Japan Fine Ceramics Center, Kyushu University and Nagoya University.

We provide multifaceted imaging solutions for substances, from the structure to function (distribution of elements, isotopes, electromagnetic field, etc.) in a wide range of fields, from fundamental physics to materials science, life science, environment science, energy science and space science by sharing the world’s only and most advanced high-resolution and high-sensitivity imaging equipments. We also develop human resources to promote the creation of new innovations through the fusion of various advanced analytical technologies. This platform aims to build an organization that can continue to operate sustainably as a virtual research institute.


We support your use of our shared facilities with our one-stop service.

Our advanced imaging equipments are available for ‘contracted analysis’ and/or ‘hourly rental’. The one-stop window will accept your application.

Project Organizations

Participating Organizations

  1. Isotope Imaging Laboratory, CRIS, Hokkaido University
  2. International Mass Imaging Center, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
  3. Natural Science Center for Basic Research and Development, Hiroshima University
  4. Hitachi,Ltd. Research & Development Group
  5. Nanostructures Research Laboratory, Japan Fine Ceramics Center
  6. The Ultramicroscopy Research Center, Kyushu University
  7. High Voltage Electron Microscope Laboratory, Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability, Nagoya University

Cooperative Organizations

  1. Okayama Medical Innovation Center, Okayama University
  2. Electrostatic Accelerator Operation Section, National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology
  • AMETEK Inc.
  • Nitto Analytical Techno-Center Co., Ltd.
  • SHIMADZU Corporation
  • Bruker Japan K.K.
  • Nihon Waters K.K.
  • Preppers Corporation
  • Yokogawa Electric Corporation
  • Center for Emergent Matter Science, RIKEN
  • Hitachi High-Tech Corporation