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National Institute for Educational Policy Research
Representative Kumiko Iwasaki  
Role/Job title    
Country that organisation based in Japan  

NIER started out as the National Institute for Educational Research in June 1949 and conducted basic and practical research surveys concerning education.

In January 2001, following the central government restructuring, the institute was restructured and reorganized to become a comprehensive policy research body with a new name the "National Institute for Educational Policy Research". The purpose of the changes was to strengthen the role and characteristics of the institute as a research organization which contributes to the promotion and formulation of educational policy plans. The Curriculum Research Center and the Guidance and Counseling Research Center were established to work together with the governmment to carry out more specialized research surveys, as well as to enhance the support and recommendation functions of the institute.

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