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The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) is one of the largest public research institutes in Japan. The present AIST is a rather new research organization established in 2001, but its predecessor organizations have been contributing to society through continuous advancement in technologies and support to Japanese industries since 1882.

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Kumamoto, Japan
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POINT (130.8694 32.8356)
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