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Former UTokyo President Komiyama Receives the Knowledge Award from the Emirate of Dubai

Former University of Tokyo President Hiroshi Komiyama received the international prize “Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award (Knowledge Award)” of the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Founded in 2014, the prestigious prize recognizes the contributions to education, science, research and development, and leadership. This award was given to President Komiyama to recognize his leadership and accomplishments in promoting a vision aimed at creating a better future for mankind. His innovative concept of building a “Platinum Society” is the basis for this achievement. (For details, see http://platinum.mri.co.jp/platinum-society/preface/index.) A Few Words from FUTI: This is a reprint of...
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Tohru Asami, University of Tokyo Professor Emeritus, Appointed President of the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International

Professor Tohru Asami was appointed president of the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) on June 23 after retiring this March from the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Department of Information and Communication Engineering. Congratulations, Prof. Asami. All of us at Friends of UTokyo send our heartfelt wishes on your success. ATR is a private-sector research institute established in Keihanna Science City for the fundamental and innovative research and development encompassing telecommunications. In 1986, preparatory meetings were held by the then Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone), Keidanren (Japan Business...
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The FUTI Board Appoints Dr. Norio Matsuki as a New Member

At the Board meeting held on April 23, 2017, the FUTI Board elected Dr. Norio Matsuki as a new Director. He succeeded Dr. Ken Furuya, former Executive Vice President of UTokyo, who had been a FUTI Director since March 2015. Norio Matsuki is an Executive Vice President at the University of Tokyo, as well as a project professor at the university’s Policy Alternatives Research Institute. Prior to his appointment as project professor, from 1997 to 2014 he was professor of chemical pharmacology at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Science. Matsuki received his doctoral (1979), master’s (1976), and bachelor’s (1974)...
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New York Lecture by Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi, Recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine

On April 21, 2017, Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi, Professor Emeritus of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, gave a lecture in New York titled “Reflections Since Receiving the Noble Prize”. The event  was organized by Satsuki-kai America and supported by Friends of UTokyo, Inc. More than 50 participants, including alumni, high school students, researchers, and pharmaceutical professionals, attended the lecture held in the office of Paul Hastings, LLC in mid-Manhattan. Professor Ohsumi, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2016 for his work on “Elucidation of the Mechanisms of Autophagy,” received his B.A. from the Faculty of Arts...
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FUTI Announces 2016-17 Fundraising Campaign

Let’s be a part of the FUTI 2016-17 campaign and keep our programs thriving! FUTI has grown steadily over the years and contributed to the globalization of UTokyo. Since its inception in 2007 FUTI has cumulatively supported 52 UTokyo students who studied in the US and 57 US students who undertook internships or studies at UTokyo, providing them with invaluable experiences. The programs were made possible solely because of the generosity of supporters like yourself.   Please see below the full texts of letters from Dr. Yamada, President  and Dr. Kuwama, Vice President. Dear Supporters of Friends of UTokyo, Inc....
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Lecture gathering by Prof. Ken Furuya: “The Expanding Ocean Desert”

6:00pm to 8:00pm at Morrison & Foerster LLP 250 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019-9601 *Please note this lecture will be in Japanese Lecture: “The Expanding Ocean Desert” Lecturer: Ken Furuya, Professor in the Department of Aquatic Bioscience and Executive Vice President of The University of Tokyo See Prof. Furuya’s biography here. This lecture gathering was planned around Prof. Ken Furuya’s visit to New York at the end of September. We encourage UTokyo alumni to attend, and welcome friends and family as well. Prof. Furuya is a Director and Executive Vice President of UTokyo, and also serves as a...
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