Institute for Future Engineering (commonly referred to as ‘IFENG’), has been serving public and private organizations in Japan and abroad for nearly forty years, focusing on the fields of science, technology and innovation-related research.
While the notion of creating an independent think tank catering to the scientific and technical needs of government and industry was unheard of at the time, IFENG’s establishment reflected a strong consensus among Japanese government and business leaders in the late 1960s, and gained the approval of the Prime Minister of Japan.
Today, IFENG researchers continue to use a multi-disciplinary approach to discern and analyze emerging socio-economic conditions, complemented by current and timely investigations of government policy and managerial trends in various fields, including high-tech development and social innovations. In this way, IFENG is able to provide expert policy inputs and opinion, serving public policy makers, corporate strategic planners, and general citizens alike. In order to fulfill this mission, IFENG maintains an unwavering commitment to:
•Knowledge and value creation for clients in both the public and private sectors.
•A global, interdisciplinary perspective based on facts, not arbitrary geopolitical, territorial, or organizational boundaries.
IFENG has been known as IFTECH, Institute for Future Technology, in English, since its establishment as a non-profit think tank in 1971, but IFTECH was renamed to accord with the original Japanese name since 1971 in 2011, and besides this legal entity took the place of “Public Interest Corporation” based on the Act on Authorization of Public Interest Incorporated Associations and Public Interest Incorporated Foundation due to the change of law system on April 1st, 2013.
IFENG has been ranked seventh (2010), eighth (2012, 2013), sixth (2014) and 5th (2015) in the science and technology sector among world’s think tanks in the Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) published by University of Pennsylvania.