RIKEN is a leading institution of comprehensive ressearch in science and technology (excluding the humanities and social sciences). It bears resemblance to the Max-Planck-Institutes in Germany. [img|227|RIKEN locations] Originally limited to its present headquarters in Wako, Saitama prefecture [link|470|Saitama prefecture map], RIKEN now has branches in several locations in Japan. With a staff of 5000 and a FY2010 budget of 96 billion Yen (~850 million €), RIKEN carries out high level experimental and research work in a wide range of fields, including physics, chemistry, medical science, biology, and engineering, covering the entire range from basic research to practical application. [file|19|RIKEN Brochure 2010]. President of RIKEN is Nobel laureate Professor Ryoji NOYORI.
RIKEN was first organized in 1917 as a private research foundation, and reorganized in 2003 as an independent administrative institution under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. It has representative offices in Singapore and Beijing.
The locations of RIKEN institutes and centers are as follows:
1. [b]Wako City, Saitama[/b]:
[img|234|RIKEN Wako Campus]
– [b]headquarters[/b]
– [b]RIKEN Next-Generation Supercomputer R&D Center[/b]
– [b]XFEL Project Head Office[/b]
– [b]Wako Institute[/b] with [b]Advanced Science Institute[/b], [b]Brain Science Institute[/b] and [b]Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science[/b]
2. [b]Tsukuba Institute[/b] with the BioResource Center
3. [b]Harima Institute[/b] with RIKEN SPring-8 Center
4. [b]Yokohama Institute[/b], [b]see[/b] [link|494|RIKEN Yokohama Institute], with Plant Science Center, Center for Genomic Medicine, Research Center for Allergy and Immunology, Omics Science Center, Systems and Structural Biology Center, Bioinformatics And Systems Engineering division, Center of Research Network for Infectious Diseases
5. [b]Kobe Institute[/b], [b]see[/b] [link|503|RIKEN Kobe Institute]with Center for Developmental Biology, Center for Molecular Imaging Science, Planning Office for the Center for Computational and Quantitative Life Science
6. [b]RIKEN Research Cluster for Innovation[/b] with RIKEN Innovation Center, RIKEN Program for Drug Discovery and Medical Technology Platforms, RIKEN Biomass Engineering Program and Computational Science Research Program
7. [b]RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science[/b]