Kanazawa University (KU) Japan


Established nearly seven decades ago but with roots stretching back over a century and a half, Kanazawa University has a proud tradition of contributing to the development of Japan and the world. Only two and a half hours by bullet train from Tokyo, the university has become the leading university on the Sea of Japan coast, with more than 10,000 students enrolled in various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Embracing globalization

Kanazawa University is strongly committed to implementing global standards for education, training and research. Realizing the importance of establishing networks and collaboration in these areas, the university has recently developed new goals to help it to address the challenges of the future. In particular, it will further its contribution to society by promoting international and interdisciplinary education and research through establishing the Kanazawa University Model for Globalization, which will consolidate Kanazawa University’s place at the centre of higher education and research in East Asia.

Strengthening priority research and Nano Life Science Institute (NanoLSI)

Kanazawa University is cultivating the full spectrum of research — from fundamental investigations to technology-related studies. In particular, Kanazawa University’s five priority research areas are nanoscience research using innovative atomic force microscopy techniques; nutrition-related diseases; cancer progression; cultural-resource studies; and innovative material sciences based on supramolecules. As one of the outcomes, Kanazawa University established Nano Life Science Institute (NanoLSI) which was selected as a World Premier International (WPI) research center by the Japanese government in 2017. NanoLSI challenges to understand nanoscale mechanisms of life phenomena by exploring “uncharted nano-realms.”

Promoting interdisciplinarity

Kanazawa University is adopting a collaborative and network-based approach to foster outstanding researchers who work internationally and across disciplines to engage in new challenges that require breaking conventional molds. To this end, the university established the Institute for Frontier Science Initiative (InFiniti) in 2015 to further promote interdisciplinary research and foster global scientists. The 16 research units in the initiative are primarily led by young principal investigators in conjunction with unit leaders.

Encouraging brain circulation

With its goal of being “a research university dedicated to education, while opening its doors to local and global society,” Kanazawa University seeks to be a hub for top-class education and research in East Asia. It aims to provide a world-class international research environment that attracts excellent young researchers who are inspired to tackle new challenges.

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Date range: 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Kanazawa University (KU) published between 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the Share for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Article Count and Share for Kanazawa University (KU)
Count Share
99 31.81

Outputs by subject (Share)

Outputs by subject
Subject Count Share
35 18.34
34 4.63
20 6.14
19 3.60

Share output for the past 5 years

Share per year
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
28.96 27.42 33.55 32.75 35.63

Compare Kanazawa University (KU) with other institutions

Highlight of the month

Goose bones point to a long history of domestication

© Stefanie Senholdt/Moment/Getty Images

Ancient goose bones from in a village in China strongly suggest that geese were domesticated 7,000 years ago, which could make geese the first poultry species to be domesticated.

Today, poultry is farmed around the world, with chicken accounting for 93% of the world’s poultry population. But there has been considerable debate about when poultry were first domesticated. While some studies have suggested chicken were domesticated as far back as the ninth millennium BCE, the evidence has been contested.

Now, a team led by researchers from Kanazawa University in Japan has subjected goose bones from a stone-age village in the Yangtze River valley to rigorous analysis. Their results all point to the bones coming from domesticated birds.

The goose population appears to have been maintained for several generations with breeding with other populations.

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  1. PNAS 119, e2117064119 (2022). doi: 10.1073/pnas.2117064119

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Date range: 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 40.39% Domestic
  • 59.61% International

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Top 10 domestic collaborators with Kanazawa University (KU) by Share (100 total)

  1. Kanazawa University (KU) and Nagoya University (8.03)
    Kanazawa University (KU)3.69
    Nagoya University4.34
  2. Kanazawa University (KU) and The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) (6.70)
    Kanazawa University (KU)2.75
    The University of Tokyo (UTokyo)3.94
  3. Kanazawa University (KU) and Kyoto University (5.76)
    Kanazawa University (KU)3.04
    Kyoto University2.72
  4. Kanazawa University (KU) and Osaka University (2.94)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.87
    Osaka University2.07
  5. Kanazawa University (KU) and Hokkaido University (2.66)
    Kanazawa University (KU)1.11
    Hokkaido University1.55
  6. Kanazawa University (KU) and University of Tsukuba (2.15)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.99
    University of Tsukuba1.17
  7. Kanazawa University (KU) and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) (2.06)
    Kanazawa University (KU)1.58
    National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)0.47
  8. Kanazawa University (KU) and Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) (1.60)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.36
    Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech)1.24
  9. Kanazawa University (KU) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) (1.37)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.51
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)0.86
  10. Kanazawa University (KU) and Tohoku University (1.34)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.51
    Tohoku University0.83

Top 10 international collaborators with Kanazawa University (KU) by Share (203 total)

  1. Kanazawa University (KU) and Aalto University (4.68)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.91
    Aalto University3.76
  2. Kanazawa University (KU) and City University of Hong Kong (CityU) (2.75)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.68
    City University of Hong Kong (CityU)2.07
  3. Kanazawa University (KU) and The University of British Columbia (UBC) (1.50)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.15
    The University of British Columbia (UBC)1.35
  4. Kanazawa University (KU) and Fudan University (1.48)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.11
    Fudan University1.37
  5. Kanazawa University (KU) and Max Planck Society (1.32)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.37
    Max Planck Society0.95
  6. Kanazawa University (KU) and Radboud University Nijmegen (RU) (1.00)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.60
    Radboud University Nijmegen (RU)0.40
  7. Kanazawa University (KU) and University of Macau (UM) (1.00)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.27
    University of Macau (UM)0.73
  8. Kanazawa University (KU) and University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) (1.00)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.20
    University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)0.80
  9. Kanazawa University (KU) and University of Groningen (RUG) (1.00)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.33
    University of Groningen (RUG)0.67
  10. Kanazawa University (KU) and Northwestern University (NU) (1.00)
    Kanazawa University (KU)0.02
    Northwestern University (NU)0.98


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