History of the MRI Group


Introduction and establishment of think tank functions in Japan

  • MRI was founded in commemoration of the centenary of the Mitsubishi Group (1970)
  • MRI begins offering policy recommendations based on global perspectives (joint research with Japanese, US, and European think tanks)
  • Launch of permanent multi-client macroeconomic project
  • Development of global supply-demand models for food and ships
  • Introduction and use of largescale linear structural analysis program (NASTRAN) developed by U.S. National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Diamond Computer Service (now Mitsubishi Research Institute DCS) was established 


Involvement in critical projects leading to domestic and foreign development

  • Planning study for design of operation management system for the Suez Canal
  • Projects related to airport improvement, new Shinkansen lines, and domestic infrastructure improvement
  • Research and development of artificial intelligence and expert systems
  • Participation in advocacy for the establishment of Global Infrastructure Fund (GIF)
  • Introduction of CRAY-1 (supercomputer)


Expansion of policy formulation support activities

  • Study of promotion of intelligent transportation systems (ITS)
  • Study and research of global warming countermeasure policy
  • Formulation of new energy and energy conservation vision
  • Earthquake damage estimate study
  • Development support for systems that use GPS data
  • Established Research Laboratory for Advanced Science and Technology to carry out experimental research
  • Established Global Environmental Research Center and Safety Engineering Research Center


Fully entered IT solutions business for co-creation of future society

  • Mitsubishi Research Institute DCS converted into Group company (2005)
  • Listing on second section of Tokyo Stock Exchange (2009)
  • Fully entered IT solution business
  • Support for design of new social systems through investigations of regulatory relaxation and private business opportunities
  • Research and development regarding next-generation internet protocol (IPv6)
  • Human genome analysis research, etc., advanced scientific research and promoting industrial applications
  • CO2 emission rights trading verification experiment
  • Establishment of a committee to make recommendations on the society of the future
  • Establishment of the Business Solutions Division 


Conceptualization and implementation as a "Think & Act" Tank

  • Listing on first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange (2010)
  • Support for earthquake restoration projects (decontamination, reactor decommissioning, area reconstruction, Fukushima Innovation Coast Framework)
  • Investing in mega-solar power generation projects
  • POC (Proof of Concept) of "AI staff", general inquiry response services by AI engine, conducted in conjunction with local government
  • Financial institution market international operation support solution project
  • Study using Market Intelligence and Forecast system based on a 2000-question survey of 30,000 people
  • Launch of Platinum Society Research Association with the aim of finding solutions to societal issues
  • Launch of Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future for resolving societal issues through business activities