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Leading the development of new materials under the new paradigm of nanoarchitectonics — MANA

The International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) is a research center established in 2007 in the framework of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI), which is sponsored by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
The aim of the WPI is to create top world-level research centers which are sufficiently attractive to outstanding researchers from around the world. MANA encourages proactive science and nanotechnology research with a team of excellent researchers.
MANA has been called one of Japan's best research institutes not only for its research output but also for its efforts to internationalize and establish effective programs for training young researchers.

MANA’s Vision

Toward a better global future:
Pioneering a new paradigm in materials development
on the basis of “Nanoarchitectonics”

MANA’s Mission

  • Develop groundbreaking new materials and realize
    "The New Paradigm of Nanotechnology"
  • Construct a worldwide network to accelerate
    "Global Circulation for World Top-Level Researchers"
  • Provide a creative environment to foster
    "Young Scientists who Challenge Innovative Research"



More than half of MANA researchers are non-Japanese.

World Premier International Research Center Initiative


A government program to create "globally visible research centers".

Satellites Network


Satellites: The forward operating bases and information hubs in MANA's global network.

Foreign Partner Institutions


Foreign universities and research institutions that have signed MOUs with MANA.

Training of Young Scientists


One of the world's best training systems for young scientists.

Research Facilities


MANA is fully equipped with cutting-edge equipment, including one of the world's most advanced magnetic wave devices.

Support for Researchers


MANA develops an environment in which researchers can focus on their research.

Research Building


MANA's forward-looking attempt at developing a zero-energy building.