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Prof. Dr. Ichiro Sakata
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering
Director and Professor, the Department of Technology Management for Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering
Professor, Institute of Engineering Innovation, School of Engineering
Special Advisor to the President
Detailed Profile

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Dr. Ichiro Sakata is a Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering and at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute, The University of Tokyo. He is the project leader of ERIA Energy Research in East Asia. He is also a Visiting Professor at Kyushu University and a Consulting Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.
He is a member of the OECD's Expert Advisory Group (EAG) on Innovation Strategy and of the Engineering Academy of Japan, and a head of Group 1, ESRI's Service Innovation International Research Program. His interests include technology management, technology roadmapping and innovation networks, with a focus on rapidly growing sectors, including healthcare, solar cells and batteries.
Dr Sakata was born in 1966. He received his master's degree from Brandeis University in 1997 and a Ph.D from The University of Tokyo in 2003. He has working experience as a senior policy analyst and a policy maker at the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Vice Directors

Prof. Kiichi Fujiwara
Professor, Graduate Schools of Law and Politics
Security Studies Unit: SSU (Northeast Asian Security Policy Research Unit)

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Kiichi FUJIWARA is professor of International Politics at the University of Tokyo, teaching courses on international relations and international conflict at the Faculty of Law, Graduate Schools of Law and Politics, and the Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo. A graduate of the University of Tokyo (B.A. and M.A.), Professor Fujiwara studied as a Fulbright student at Yale University, before he returned to Japan at the Institute of Social Science (ISS). He first joined the faculty at Chiba University, and then returned to ISS for seven years before moving into the present position. He has held positions at the University of the Philippines, the Johns Hopkins University, and was selected as a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center at Washington D.C. Professor Fujiwara is a regular commentator on international affairs and Japanese foreign policy on Japanese TV networks, along with the BBC World Service and CNN. He is also a film buff and currently writes a column on cinema for the weekly journal AERA.

Prof. Toshiya Watanabe
Executive Director / Executive Vice President, the University of Tokyo
Professor, Department of Technology Management for Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo (Additional Post)

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Toshiya Watanabe graduated from the Tokyo Institute of Technology with a Ph.D degree in 1994. He has worked in R&D and was Executive Manager for TOTO LTD from 1985 to 2001. He was appointed Professor at the University of Tokyo from 2001. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Technology Management for Innovation, the Graduate School of Engineering, and at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo. He also serves as Managing Director, Executive Vice President, the University of Tokyo. He has served as a professional committee member for the Council for Science and Technology Policy, as a professional committee member at the Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters and as a committee member on various other bodies in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Cabinet Office. He is a founder and current director of the Intellectual Property Association of Japan. The current research field of Toshiya Watanabe is intellectual property management. He has authored eight books and approximately 100 academic papers.

Core Members

Prof. Naoyuki Shinohara

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Prof. Naoyuki SHINOHARA has joined the Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo in July 2015. He holds a BA degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo (1975) and Master in Public Affairs, fr om Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University (1979). He was an Associate at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (1986) and a Visiting Professor at Saitama University (1990-1992).
He has occupied various senior positions at the Ministry of Finance of Japan, including Director-General of the International Bureau. From 2007 to 2009, he was Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs and participated in the G7/G8, G20, IMFC, ASEAN+3 and other meetings as Finance Minister's Deputy. He also served as Japan's Executive Director at the Asian Development Bank during 1998-2001.
Most recently, he served as Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund from 2010 to 2015, and supervised the Fund's surveillance exercise with member countries, worked on boosting the Fund's financial resources and building relations across membership including through engagement with regional organizations.

Prof. Taketoshi Taniguchi

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Dr. Taketoshi Taniguchi is a Professor at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI), the University of Tokyo. Prior to joining UOT in 2012, he was the Director of the Socio-Economic Research Center at the Central Research Institute of the Electric Power Industry from 2005-2010. He received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1984. Since 2015, He also serves as a research advisor of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and a member of the board of directors of the Hitachi Global Foundation. Dr. Taniguchi’s area of expertise includes energy and nuclear policies, energy-related environmental risk and external cost analysis, organizational risk management and the societal decision-making process. His recent works and interest focus on technological risk governance in a complex society.

Prof. Kazuhito Hashimoto

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Kazuhito Hashimoto is currently a professor at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI), the University of Tokyo. He is also a president of National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba. He received his BS (1978) and MS degree (1980) in Chemistry, and his Doctor of Science degree (1985) from the University of Tokyo.
Now he is an executive member of Council for Industrial Competitiveness (Cabinet Secretariat of Japan), and a member of Council for Science, Technology Innovation Policy (Cabinet Office of Japan). He is also a member of Science Council of Japan. He received many awards including the 2004 Japan Prime Minister Award, the 2006 Imperial Award/ Japan Invention Award and the 2012 Japan Chemical Society award. 

Junichiro Mori
Associate Professor

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Junichiro Mori is an Associate Professor at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI), the University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Information Science and Technology from the University of Tokyo in 2007. Prior to joining PARI, he was a Project Assistant Professor (Project Lecturer) in Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. With a background in Artificial Intelligence, he has conducted several researches in user modeling, information extraction and social networks. During 2006–08, he was a visiting researcher at German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). His current research interests include decision support for innovation policies and scholarly big data analysis.

Masahiro Sugiyama
Assistant Professor

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Masahiro Sugiyama is an Assistant Professor at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI), the University of Tokyo.
He holds a Ph.D. in climate science and a master's degree in technology and policy, both from MIT. Prior to joining PARI, he was a researcher at the Socio-Economic Research Center, the Central Research Institute of the Electric Power Industry. He joined PARI in April, 2014.
An expert on global warming, he has worked on various topics related with climate change, ranging from energy efficiency in global scenarios to citizens' views on climate geoengineering.

Lully Miura
Assistant Professor

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Lully Miura, is Lecturer at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI) of the University of Tokyo. She is also an anchorperson for “Compass” Thursday news program of Hodokyoku broadcasted by Fuji Television Network, and the advisory board member of Kyodo News.

She graduated from the University of Tokyo and the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), and earned her PhD from the Graduate School for Law and Politics of the University of Tokyo. Miura was a researcher of PARI, the University of Tokyo until 2013. Her work has primarily been in International Politics and Comparative Politics covering both theoretical and policy research focusing on broadly defined security issues. Miura is an author of Civilian’s War: On the Origins of Aggressive Democracies (Civilian-no Senso) Iwanami, 2012, and her new book is Understanding Contemporary Japanese Politics and Diplomacy (Nihon-ni Zetsubou-shiteiru hito-no-tameno Seiji Nyumon) Bungei Shunju Publishers 2015.

Her article in English includes “Terrorism, old grudges, and Japan’s renewed position in the world” PacNet, CSIS Pacific Forum, Feb 5, 2015; “The Shifting Tectonics of Japan: One Year After March 11, 2011” (with Dr. Joshua W. Walker) Policy Brief, March 2012, The German Marshall Fund of the United States. Miura is a winner of numerous prizes, which includes Gran prix and LDP President’s Prize on International Politics and Diplomacy (2004), and Takahashi Kamekichi Prize of Toyo Keizai Inc. (2010).

Hiroko Yamano
Research Associate

Policy Research Unit

University and Society

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Prof. Hiroya Ogata

Policy Research Unit

Health and Productivity Management

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Hiroya OGATA is a Project Professor at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute. He worked as a government official at several institutions, including Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.


Prof. Kazunori Kataoka

Policy Research Unit

Intellectual Property Rights

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Kazunori Kataoka, Ph.D. is a Project Professor at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. degree in polymer chemistry from the University of Tokyo in 1979. He joined the faculty at Tokyo Women’s Medical College (1979-1989) and then at Tokyo University of Science (1989-1998). He moved to the University of Tokyo on 1998 as full Professor of Biomaterials at Graduate School of Engineering. He has been appointed joint position as Professor of Clinical Biotechnology at Center of Disease Biology and Integrative Medicine, the University of Tokyo Medical School (2004~2016). Since 2016, he has assumed Director General at Innovation Center of NanoMedicine (iCONM), Kawasaki Institute of Industry Promotion. Dr. Kataoka is currently the member of the Science Council of Japan, and has received several awards, including Clemson Award from the Society for Biomaterials USA (2005), Founder’s Award from the Controlled Release Society (2008), Humboldt Research Award (2012), Leo Esaki Prize (2012), and Gutenberg Research Award (2015).

Innovation Center of NanoMedicine Website

Prof. Bunshi Fugetsu

Policy Research Unit

Nanotechnology Innovation Research Unit

Co-leader of Nanotechnology Innovation Research Unit, Head of Nano-agri Saitama Satellite Laboratory

Prof. Norio Matsuki

Policy Research Unit

University and Society

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Norio Matsuki, Ph.D., professor emeritus, is a project professor at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute. He graduated from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokyo in 1974. He enrolled in graduate school at the University of Tokyo, and received his Ph.D. in 1979. He was a professor in the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokyo, between 1997 and 2014, after having served as assistant and associate professor at the university. He was the president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan between 2009 and 2011, and of the Japanese Pharmacological Society between 2010 and 2012. His areas of expertise are pharmacology and neuroscience, and his research interest has been in depression and fear memory, with a unique approach of “macroscopic analysis of brain function with microscopic resolution.”

Visiting Professor

Prof. Ryuji Iwata

Prof. Satoru Ohtake

Policy Research Unit

Technology Governance

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Satoru OHTAKE joined science and technology administration in the Government of Japan in 1984, just after graduating the Graduate School of University of Tokyo where he was conferred Master Degree of Science in high energy physics. In his public service career in science administrations, he engaged in the policy planning and R&D management; establishment of Government’s Science and Technology Basic Plans (in 1996, 2001 and 2011), establishing and running research programs and projects in photonics, mathematical science and engaging International Human Frontier Science Program in Strasbourg in France between 1990 and 1992. He used to work in international collaborations, both bilateral and multilateral programs like OECD Global Science Forum, Group of Earth Observation (GEO) as the Japanese Executive and Belmont Forum as a co-chair. He worked as a Japanese negotiator for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Project (ITER) from 2001 to 2005. He experienced several senior posts like Deputy Director-General of R&D Bureau of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Agency or Senior Executive Director of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). Now he is Executive Research Fellow of Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office, at the same time serving as Adjunct Fellow of Center for R&D Strategy, JST. His major interest is deepening the relation between science and society through economic and social aspect, scientific advice to policy making, science communication and public engagement. He occasionally gives lectures on science, technology and innovation policy in Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Shinshu University, etc.

Prof. Yo Takeuchi

Policy Research Unit

Complex Risk Governance

Project Assistant Professors

Yoko Tsuno

Policy Research Unit

Health and Productivity Management

Yuji Furui

Policy Research Unit

Health and Productivity Management

Makiko Matsuo

Policy Research Unit

Complex Risk Governance / Technology Governance

Naoko Matsuda

Policy Research Unit

Nanotechnology Innovation

Wakana Mukai

Policy Research Unit

Security Studies

Kensuke Yamaguchi

Policy Research Unit

Global Energy Policy and East Asia

Affiliated Members

Prof. Hideaki Shiroyama
Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy / Graduate Schools of Law and Politics

Policy Research Unit

Complex Risk Governance
Technology Governance
Thinknet

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Hideaki SHIROYAMA is a Professor of Public Administration at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (the former Director), the Graduate School of Public Policy (the former Dean), and the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo. His research focuses on international administration, science, technology and public policy, and public policy process. His publications include Transformation of Political Space and Policy Innovation 1 Political Theory of Policy Innovation (University of Tokyo Press, 2008), The Structure of International Aid Administration (University of Tokyo Press, 2007), Governance of Science and Technology (Toshindo, 2007), "The Harmonization of Automobile Environmental Standards between Japan, the United States and Europe" in Pacific Review vol. 20-3, "Administrative Reorganization and Public Sector Reform in Japan" in The Public Sector in Transition: East Asia and the European Union Compared (Nomos, 2007), "Technology Innovation and Diffusion for Environmental Protection," in Energy Market Restructuring and the Environment (The University Press of America, 2002). He also served as the Chairman of the Planning Committee of New Initiatives for Humanities and Social Sciences Program at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science from 2003-2008, as President of the PI forum, an NPO for consensus building in Japan from 2006-2008 and as a member of various government advisory councils on higher education, nuclear safety, food safety, fire protection, scenarios for climate mitigation, and industrial policy.

Atsuo Kishimoto
Project Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy

Research Demonstration Project

Complex Risk Governance

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Atsuo Kishimoto is a Project Professor of the Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo, and also belongs to the Policy Alternatives Research Institute. He graduated from Kyoto University with a Ph.D (Economics) degree in 1998. He has worked at Department of Safety Engineering from 1998 to 2001, Research Center for Chemical Risk Management from 2001 to 2008, and Research Institute of Science for Safety and Sustainability from 2008 to 2014 as a research group leader in the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), specialized in the risk assessment of chemical substances and economic analysis of environmental, safety and health regulations.

Hisashi Yoshikawa
Project Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy

Research Unit

Global Energy Policy and East Asia

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Hisashi Yoshikawa is a Project Professor of the Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo, and also belongs to the Policy Alternatives Research Institute. Before he started to work in the University in September 2011, he worked both in the International Energy Agency (IEA) as Senior Advisor for Long-Term Policy and in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as Deputy Director of the Directorate of Science, Technology and Industry (STI). He also worked in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of the Japanese Government and held director positions including Director of the Service Affairs Policy Division and Director of the Petroleum Distribution Division. His interests include policy planning and implementation, particularly in the field of energy. He received his master’s degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in 1987 and a BA in law from the University of Tokyo in 1981.
He works as Advisor for the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) and Research Director of the Canon Institute for Global Strategy (CIGS).

Hiroshi Shibutake
Project Associate Professor, Center for Aviation Innovation Research

Policy Research Unit

Aviation Policy

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Hiroshi Shibutake is a Project Associate Professor at the Center for Aviation Innovation Research, The University of Tokyo. Before taking up his post at the University in August 2015, he worked in the Civil Aviation Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), including as the Coordinator for the development of 4th R/W and international area of Tokyo Int’l Airport, in addition to enhancement of general aviation.
Besides his work above, he also worked as the Director of Tourism Department in some regions in Japan, as well as the director for safety management, and crisis control on transportation in the MLIT.
His main interests include air transport policy, airline business models and regional development.

Roberto Orsi
Project Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy

Policy Research Unit

Security Studies

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Roberto ORSI is currently Project Assistant Professor at the Security Studies Unit of the Policy Alternative Research Institute, University of Tokyo. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he authored a dissertation about the concept of order in international politics. His main research interests are theory of international politics, critical theory, history of political concepts (especially European conservative thought) and East Asia regional security.

Hiroko Nakamura
Project Assistant Professor, Center for Aviation Innovation Research

Policy Research Unit

Aviation Policy

Dr. Susumu Nakajima

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Dr. Susumu Nakajima is Director of the Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, the University of Tokyo Hospital, and Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo. After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tokyo, in 1991, he passed the National Medical Doctor's Examination and was trained as an orthopedic surgeon at various hospitals including the the University of Tokyo Hospital. From 1996 he proceeded to the Graduate Course of the Precision Machinery Engineering Department. After studying computer surgery he acquired a medical doctorate in 2000, and was then engaged in the study of the health care social policy while working in the Department of Emergency Services at the University of Tokyo Hospital from 2002. Remaining at the University of Tokyo, he served as Lecturer in the Health Care and Social Policy Leadership Program from 2005 and in the Department of Emergency Services from 2007, as Associate Professor in the Policy Alternatives Research Institute from 2008, and as Lecturer in the Medical Safety Management Center of the the University of Tokyo Hospital from 2009. His specialties are emergency medicine, orthopedics, computer surgery, and health care social policy.

Motoko Uchitomi
Part-time Lecturer, Policy Alternatives Research Institute
Manager, Aviation Industrial Collaboration and Coordination Division, Management and Integration Department, Aeronautical Technology Directorate

Policy Research Unit

Security Studies

Yukihiro Furuse
Part-time Lecturer, Policy Alternatives Research Institute
Chief Executive Officer, InfoLeaf Inc.

Policy Research Unit

Nanotechnology Innovation

Project Researchers

Hajime Sasaki

Policy Research Unit

Nanotechnology Innovation

Masayuki Seino

Research Unit

Global Energy Policy and East Asia

Nobuhiko Tamaki

Research Unit

Security Studies

Daniel Del Barrio Alvarez

Research Unit

Global Energy Policy and East Asia

Masayoshi Fujita

Research Demonstraton Project

Thinknet

Project Researcher (Additional Position)

Yuichiro Nagai

Graduate School of Public Policy

Research Unit

Security Studies, Technology Governance (Additional Post)

Staff


Yuka Ishikawa
Project Academic Support Staff
(Security Studies)

Masako Ishiyama
Assistant Clerk
(Technology Governance, Global Energy Policy and East Asia)

Haruko Uemura
Project Academic Support Specialist
(Preventive Health Management Research)

Yasue Ohya
Assistant Clerk
(Intellectual Property Rights)

Akiko Ono
Specialist (Division of University Corporate Relations, Policy Alternatives Research Institute)

Rie Ono
Technical Assistant
(Complex Risk Governance)

Keiko Kayukawa
Project Academic Support Specialist (Creation of New Integrated Culture-Based Industries Policy Research Unit)

Akio Kurokawa
Project Academic Support Specialist
(Technology Governance)

Noriko Kobayashi
Administrative Staff

Takako Sato
Project Specialist
(Public Relations)

Hiroko Nakamura
Project Academic Support Staff
(Administrative Staff)

Masako Numata
Project Academic Support Specialist
(Global Energy Policy and East Asia)

Kayo Matsuda
Technical Assistant
(Security Studies)

Toshie Murakami
Project Specialist
(Project Management,
University Research Administrator (URA))

Maho Yoshizawa
Project Academic Support Staff
(Global Energy Policy and East Asia)

Yuko Rikitoku
Assistant Clerk
(University and Society)

Management Committee

Ichiro Sakata / Director, Policy Alternatives Research Institute
Naoyuki Shinohara / Professor, Policy Alternatives Research Institute
Taketoshi Taniguchi / Professor, Policy Alternatives Research Institute
Kazuhito Hashimoto / Professor, Policy Alternatives Research Institute
Toshiya Watanabe / Professor, Policy Alternatives Research Institute
Yasushi Asami / Professor, Graduate School of Engineering
Hideaki Shiroyama / Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics
Kuniaki Tanabe / Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics
Kiichi Fujiwara / Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics
Tsutomu Yamazaki / Professor, Graduate School of Medicine
Junichiro Mori / Associate Professor, Policy Alternatives Research Institute
Kenichi Ueda / Associate Professor, Graduate School of Economics

Fellows

Tateo Arimoto

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Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Director-General, Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Masahiro Koezuka

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Chairman and Representative Director
Fujitsu Research Institute

Toshio Seya

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President
Regional Economy Vitalization Corporation of Japan (REVIC)

Ayao Tsuge

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Chairman
Japan International Science and Technology Exchange Center

Ryozo Nagai

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President
Jichi Medical University