Mitsubishi Research Institute and KACST Join Forces


Japanese version: 3 October 2023

Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.

Kyoto (October 1, 2023)—Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. (MRI) and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) signed a memorandum of understanding to promote joint research, development, and innovation between Saudi Arabia and Japan. KACST is the Saudi government scientific institution in charge of promoting science and technology, and MRI shares the same goals in Japan.
From left: MRI Chairman of the Institute Dr. Hiroshi Komiyama, KACST President Dr. Munir M. Eldesouki, MRI President and Representative Director Kenji Yabuta
MRI and KACST signed at a ceremony held during the 20th STS Forum Annual Meeting in Kyoto. The pair aims to explore ways for KACST to collaborate with Japanese companies, universities, and research institutions.

“We are excited to help KACST consider ways to combine the strengths of both Saudi Arabia and Japan, and we will encourage Japanese startups to take part in The Garage” said MRI President Kenji Yabuta. “Also, we are able to contribute through our project management services to make sure promising joint R&D projects get up and running effectively.”

The Garage is a deep tech incubation facility run by KACST in Riyadh.

“We are looking to encourage KACST to hold the STS Forum Middle East Regional Forum in the next few years,” added Yabuta.

The STS Forum is an international platform based in Japan that combines academia, industry, and government to guide the progress of science and technology.

Through the memorandum, both parties aim to contribute to the development of science and technology in Saudi Arabia by promoting R&D collaboration between both counties.

About the Mitsubishi Research Institute:

The Mitsubishi Research Institute is one of Japan’s foremost think tanks. For over 50 years, it has provided the public and private sectors with research and consulting services in fields spanning the environment, energy, healthcare, and digital transformation. This is accompanied by policy recommendations and the real-world application of solutions. Mitsubishi Research Institute will continue to envision the future, resolve societal issues, and lead change to build a sustainable and prosperous world. For more information, please visit:

About the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology:

KACST is a government organization responsible for the promotion of scientific research and technological developments in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. KACST also supports the National Research, Development and Innovation Strategy, implements R&D projects in 16 vital sectors, and promotes incubation of startups. The organization was established in 1977 and renamed to the KACST in 1985. For more information, please visit:

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