The mission of the Center of the History of Japanese Industrial Technology is to serve as a locus of information and research that will apply the lessons of the history of technology for the benefit of society in the future.
Japan is one of the world's leading repositories of industrial technology. This enviable position is the product of the hard work of generations of forerunners. Unfortunately, Japan is losing the precious artifacts that tell of this important history. These materials on the history of industrial technology are disappearing forever as industries restructure, production sites move overseas and the engineers who built postwar Japan grow old and retire. The tale of these inventions and innovations, which did so much to change the world we live in, must be told.
In addition, the Center of the History of Japanese Industrial Technology is engaged in a wide spectrum of activities to promote greater understanding of the history of industrial technology in Japan and its significance, from a wide range of perspectives. Ongoing projects include the construction of HITNET, Japan's national database for museums of industrial technology, holding exhibitions on the past, present and future of technology, and providing lectures on industrial technology.