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Rules for Use of Supercomputers for Foreign Nationals and Japanese Nationals Residing Overseas

Non-residents, including international students (those living in Japan for not more than six months, see Figure below), must obtain approval to use supercomputers from the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), according to the following Laws:

According to the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (Foreign Exchange Laws), approval of METI is not required to make technology publicly available through presentations at conferences and contributions of research papers to journals; however, you may be asked to obtain its approval for the following acts of:

  • Releasing measuring devices and samples overseas via cargo transport
  • Providing technology through overseas business trips
  • Providing technology associated with the acceptance of foreign researchers and international students
  • Transferring technology through international collaborative research

Note that legal penalties may be imposed under the Foreign Exchange Laws if you negligently exported or provided METI specifying goods or technology without approval of METI.

Providing supercomputer technology (including allowing to browse the manuals available for supercomputer users only) is deemed to be provision of technology subject to government regulations. For foreign nationals and Japanese nationals residing overseas, please consult with your department to make sure whether you apply to be non-residents or you need to follow further application procedures requiring for non-residents according to the laws.


Foreign/Japanese Nationals Residing Overseas

Source: Reproduced from the Guidance for the Control of Sensitive Technologies for Academic Institutions February 2010 posted on Security Export Control of Kyoto University

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