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History of NIFS
November 1980
The Science Council of the Ministry of Education proposed the “Long Range Plan for Fusion Plasma Research in Universities"
March 1988
The structure of the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) and the new project of the Large Helical Device (LHD) outlined
April 1988
Preparation committee and preparation office for NIFS established
May 1989
NIFS established
April 1993
The Department of Fusion Science established at the School of Mathematical and Physical Science, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies
August 1996
The LHD building completed
July 1997
Headquarters of NIFS moved from Nagoya to Toki City, in Gifu Prefecture
December 1997
Completion of LHD
April 1998
LHD experiments initiated
April 2004
Inter-University Research Institute Corporation National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) established; NIFS becomes one of the research institutes which constitute NINS; The National University Corporation Graduate University of Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI) established; The Department of Fusion Science established in the School of Physical Science, The Graduate University of Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI)
April 2010
NIFS research sections reorganized and the Department of Helical Plasma Research established