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Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1908. After a quarter century of tough fund-rasing struggles, largely carried out by Dr. Mataro Nagayo, Professor of Pathology and later president of the University of Tokyo, the first Cancer Research Institute and Hospital in Japan were set up in 1934 at its present location.
60 years ago, they started as the only hospital that specialized in cancer that existed in Japan with only 29 beds. Now they have grown to a modern hospital boasting of substantial contents with as many as 700 beds.
They declare that they will continue to offer most advanced technologies of cancer diagnoses and treatments and to develop new clinical researches for cancer disease.
Since this was the only professional and comprehensive center of cancer research and treatment in Japan for many years until the Aichi Cancer Center and the National Cancer Center were established in 1961 and 1962, respectively, it was simply called Cancer Institute and this name has been maintained to the present day.
Being small in scale, Cancer Institute has always featured excellent interdepartmental collaboration between research scientists, as the institute and hospital have also enjoyed a close relationship from the initial days onwards.
Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research became full UICC member in 1968.