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) degrees in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Tokyo.
After attaining his Ph.D., Matsuki joined the University of Tokyo’s faculty as a research associate at the Department of Chemical Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. That same year, he took a leave of absence and moved to Iowa City in Iowa, USA, to become a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Pharmacology of the University of Iowa. In 1981 he then took up a research associate position at the Department of Pharmacology of Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.
Upon returning to Tokyo, Matsuki continued his research associateship at the University of Tokyo until 1989. He went on to teach as an associate professor at the Department of Chemical Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences until 1997, during which time he was awarded the 1996 Outstanding Work Award for Young Researchers by the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan. Matsuki is also a recipient of The Pharmaceutical Society Award 2015. He currently serves as the chair of program committee of World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology and was previously president of the Japanese Pharmacological Society and the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan. His research interests are pharmacology and neuroscience, especially macro- and microscopic analysis of brain function.
Yasuo Okamoto（岡本康夫）is a partner at the international law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, resident in its New York office. He is also responsible for its Tokyo office and the firm’s Pacific Basin Practice. He is a corporate attorney concentrating on cross border transactions and has counseled Japanese and other foreign clients in M&A, Bankruptcy workouts, Corporate finance and other transactional and regulatory work. He is a graduate of the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law (Hogakushi 1972) and Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Canada (LLB 1976). He has been admitted to practice in the New York State and Federal courts since 1977 and is also registered as a registered foreign lawyer（外国法事務弁護士）with the First Tokyo Bar Association in Japan. Prior to Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, he was a member of the firm of Hill, Betts & Nash in New York until 1980. He has spoken and lectured extensively on corporate and finance related topics and has served as a lecturer at the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law at Boston University.