(10 April 2017) Interest in ORCID is high among researchers in Japan. With the recent addition of University of Tsukuba, Japan now has 10 ORCID member organizations, a mix of universities, national research institutes, funders, scholarly societies, and system vendors.
Back in 2014 at the Fall 2014 ORCID Outreach Meeting in Tokyo, the ORCID Registry was about to reach 1 million iDs. The meeting was full of participants from the Japanese research community with strong interest in name disambiguation. It was at this meeting that the NIMS Ninja project was first presented whose full rollout will be later this year. More ORCID integrations are underway by other members, including T2R2 (Tokyo Tech Research Repository) and MyJpGU.
The full announcement is here.