Our Institute has led the world in the development and application of laser technologies since the foundation of its forerunner, the Laser Engineering Research Facility under the School of Engineering, Osaka University. In particular, its laser fusion research is an interdisciplinary field that will respond to societal demands, especially in the pursuit of realizing the ‘ultimate’ energy source, nuclear fusion. While the Institute is placed as a global leader in fusion research, it has also spun-out numerous derivative and widely applicable technologies which have been developed in the course of this research. The Institute has a very strong international presence and its excellence as a research institute is widely recognized — it has been acknowledged as a world leader in laser science research, and it has led to the pioneering of some of Japan’s unique, novel academic fields, such as laser astrophysics and plasma photonics. Furthermore, the Institute has independently developed one of the world’s largest power laser facilities, and takes full advantage of this equipment in its research endeavors. Our laser research facility, which has been designated as a Joint Usage / Research Center by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, is one with the world’s highest capacity, and is 100 percent open to researchers from around the globe. We have contributed, and will continue to contribute, to the creation of novel scientific fields and industrial innovation, while living up to the high international standards that both we and the wider research community hold us to.