Science and Technology Research Facilities
Radioisotope Research Center (Minami-Osawa)
This facility is used for research using radioactive isotopes (RI) and radiation at the Minami-Osawa campus. Radiation protection employs various types of monitoring systems and radioactivity control systems so that users can handle material that is safe and is for the intended purpose. At present, approximately 400 teaching staff and students are registered as radiation workers.
Manufacturing Facilities (Minami-Osawa)
This facility supports state-of-the-art research, by developing prototypes for new research equipment and by processing data. Through the hands-on training in various types of machine tools, students are also able to improve their basic skills in manufacturing.
Science and Technology Experimental Facilities (Minami-Osawa)
This facility is for conducting research in the latest fields of study. It is equipped with a variety of equipment to support advanced experiments. It conducts experiments related to precise analysis and electron microscopes, high density energy primarily involving lasers, and in engineering works and landforms.
Wastewater Treatment Plant (Minami-Osawa)
This facility is engaged in environmental preservation, including the treatment of wastewater, such as processing experimental wastewater and reusing it as gray water.
Physical Education Research Center (Minami-Osawa)
This center is engaged in health promotion science that consists of human adaptation, motor behavior, and nutrition/food sciences. The center provides graduate programs for master's (health science) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees and an undergraduate program (physical education).
Wind Tunnel Facilities (Hino)
The Center is equipped with various types of wind tunnels, from a large circuit wind tunnel in which various types of aerodynamic tests are possible, to a supersonic wind tunnel which can create flows faster than the speed of sound.
High Energy Experimental Facilities (Arakawa)
This Laboratory conducts research and education on such topics as radiotherapy technology using the latest linear accelerator which was installed in May 2006.
The Makino Herbarium
The Makino Herbarium was founded in 1958, based on the approximately 400,000 plant specimens kept in the private house of the late Dr. Tomitaro Makino (1862-1957), the so-called father of Japanese botany. Dr. Makino utilized his specimens as the basic materials for botanical research. He described as many as 2,500 new plant species in Japan, and thus his collection contains many "type specimens", which formed the basis of his original description of these new species of Japanese wild plants. Such valuable specimens were donated to Tokyo Metropolitan University by his bereaved family, and became the basis for the Makino Herbarium. Now, the Makino Herbarium also houses many specimens obtained from foreign herbaria through the exchange of duplicate specimens from the collection of Dr. Makino, as well as those collected by the staffs of the herbarium from the Bonin Islands, the Himalaya region, China, South America and other areas. At present, the Makino Herbarium possesses about 500,000 plant specimens. It is managed by the staff of the laboratory of Systematic Botany, Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science and Engineering. Staff at the Makino Herbarium investigate modern plant taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography using modern facilities such as the electron microscope and DNA sequencer in addition to the classical taxonomical methods.
Ogasawara Field Research Station
The Ogasawara Field Research Station was established in 1971, three years after jurisdiction of the Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands reverted from the US Navy to Japan. Since then numerous researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have conducted studies on the unique nature and culture of these oceanic islands. These studies are conducted systematically by the Ogasawara Research Committee. The station was rebuilt in 1992 and has served effectively as a base for research and education. Research activities based at the station are introduced in the periodical publications of Ogasawara Research (with articles either in English or in Japanese with English summaries) and The Annual Report of Ogasawara Studyies (in Japanese). Such studies contribute to the formation of policies regarding nature conservation and management by the Ministry of the Environment, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Ogasawara Village, particularly in regard to the registration of Ogasawara as a World Nature Heritage.
Computer Center and Information Processing Facilities
Tokyo Metropolitan University's campuses boast Gigabit Ethernet backbone networks, and they are also connected via an intercampus network. Various services (email, WWW, etc.) are provided through this network environment.
The Computer Center has an IBM System p5 590 (32CPUs) and a research system comprised of 16 IBM BladeCenterHS21s, and they are used for high performance computing in various research fields. The Computer Center also houses various administrative systems, including those for academic affairs, personnel and accounting.
Each of the campuses has computer classrooms and UNIX classrooms, where basic education and professional education classes are taught. Students can also use these classrooms for their own private study when classes are not in progress, thereby increasing their own computer literacy.