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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 less than six months, see Figure below) or persons who fall under a specific category 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 export or provide METI specifying goods or technology without approval of METI.

Providing supercomputer technology (including access to the manuals available for supercomputer users only) is deemed to be provision of technology subject to government regulations. When applying for use our supercomputer, please take appropriate measures in accordance with laws and regulations, such as consulting with your organization or department in advance regarding procedures for non-residents or those who fall under a specific category.

対外取引規制の概念図

Residents and Non-residents

Foreign/Japanese Nationals Residing Overseas

Source: Reproduced from the classification of resident/non-resident (PDF) on the page of Security Export Control of Kyoto University

Persons who falls under the specific category

Effective May 1, 2022, even if technology is provided by a resident to a resident, if the resident who is the recipient is strongly influenced by a non-resident (a "specific category"), the provision of technology to the resident (the "person falling under the specific category") is deemed to be the provision of technology to the non-resident and is subject to the foreign transaction regulations.

The specific categories are classified into 1 to 3 as below and are called specific category 1, specific category 2, and specific category 3, respectively. Although the persons who fall under the specific category are limited to residents, Japanese nationals may also fall under the specific categories, regardless of the nationality of the resident.

  • Specific category 1: Those who have employment contracts with foreign corporations or foreign governments, etc.
  • Specific category 2 : Those who is personally receiving or promising to receive money or other benefits (scholarship, etc.) from a foreign government, etc.
  • Specific category 3 : Those who receive instructions or requests from a foreign government, etc. with regard to his/her activities in Japan.

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Inquiring about Security Export Control

Security Export Control Section, Research Promotion Division, 
Research and International Affairs Department, Kyoto University
E-mail: info-yusyutu * mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Please replace * with @.) 
Tel: 075-753-2298

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