Executive Research Fellow
Human-oriented Information Systems, Historical research on Japanese Information industry and its policies, Nordic Digitalization and Innovation System
While many technologies disappear from society in a short to medium period of time, there are technologies called “General Purpose Technology (GPT)” that penetrate widely and deeply into society over a long period of time and significantly change the structure of economy and society. Typical GPTs include printing technology in the 16th century, steam engines in the 18th century, electricity and railroads in the 19th century, automobiles in the 20th century, and information and communication technology (ICT) in the form of computers and the Internet.
In the 21st century, ICT has evolved further, and the spread of IoT, AI, and 5G has begun to have an increasingly large impact on industrial structures and people’s work. What is particularly important for us living in such an era is to deepen our insight into human nature and create “human-oriented information systems (HIS)” that contribute to “IKIGAI”(what gives value and meaning to life) for a diverse range of people. From this point of view, I would like to deepen my research on HIS considering the history of digitization in Japan, and at the same time, benchmark Scandinavian countries which are advanced digital societies.
After working as an editor of a business IT magazine, I studied information technology and social evolution at a graduate school. I have been involved in research activities at GLOCOM, International University of Japan since 2003. My current main roles include: President / Representative Director of the Information Systems Society of Japan, Program Officer of the “Research Promotion Project for AI and IoT Systems for Dementia” of the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development, Auditor of Digital Society Design Council, Advisor of the “Human-Information Technology Ecosystem” area of Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and Councilor of the Automotive Information Network Association.
March 1979: Graduated with a degree in Physics, Faculty of Science, Chiba University
March 1997: M.A. in Social Informatics, Department of Social and Cultural Studies, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo
April 1997: Entered the doctoral course at the University of Tokyo
March 2002: Withdrew from the doctoral course
1982 – 2003: writing for business IT magazines. Deputy Editor-in-Chief of “weekly COMPUTERWORLD” and Editor-in-Chief of “Monthly Computopia” magazine, etc.
2003 – present: Researcher, GLOCOM, International University of Japan
2005 – 2020: Part-time lecturer at Kokushikan University, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, “International Information Theory” and “Information Policy Theory”
2007 – present: Part-time Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University, “Information and Communication Industry Theory / Information Business”
2018 – 2019: Part-time lecturer, School of Culture, Media and Society, Waseda University