Important information regarding FUTI’s policy on changes due to COVID-19
The Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI Scholarship supports up to two years of mid- to long-term study (1 semester/2 quarters or longer) and provides up to $50,000/year.
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The FUTI Global Leadership Award supports students for summer programs and internships.
FUTI Research Grants provide support (up to $10,000) for a project/activity to be jointly pursued by UTokyo and Institution(s) in the U.S.
Since 2007, as of December 2019
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昭43東大・工・計数卒。昭45同大学院修士課程了。同年NTT電気通信研究所入社。昭53-54ベル研究所客員研究員。昭61 NTT基礎研究所第四研究室長。平1 NTTヒューマンインタフェース研究所音声情報研究部長。平3同研究所古井特別研究室長。平9東京工業大学大学院情報理工学研究科計算工学専攻教授。平23同名誉教授、同グローバルリーダー教育員特任教授。平29同栄誉教授。平25 TTIC(Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago)学長。令1 TTIC理事長。令2国立情報学研究所研究総主幹。工博。音声認識、話者認識、音声知覚、音声合成などの研究に従事。科学技術庁長官賞、文部科学大臣表彰、NHK放送文化賞、大川賞受賞、紫綬褒章受章。文化功労者。IEEE、ISCA(International Speech Communication Association)、電子情報通信学会、日本音響学会などより功績賞、業績賞、論文賞など受賞。IEEE、米国音響学会、ISCAおよび電子情報通信学会Fellow。ISCA、APSIPA (Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association)および日本音響学会会長、国内外の学会誌の編集長など歴任。
Received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1968, 1970, and 1978, respectively. After joining the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) Labs in 1970, he has worked on speech analysis, speech recognition, speaker recognition, speech synthesis, speech perception, and multimodal human-computer interaction. From 1978 to 1979, he was a visiting researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. He was a Research Fellow and the Director of Furui Research Laboratory at NTT Labs. He became a Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1997. He was Dean of Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering, and Director of University Library. He was given the title of Professor Emeritus and became Professor at Academy for Global Leadership in 2011. He has served as President of Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC) from 2013 to 2019, and is now serving as its Chair of the Board of Trustees. He is also serving as Chief Research Director at National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Tokyo. He has authored or coauthored over 1,000 published papers and books. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE, the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers of Japan (IEICE) and the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA). He received the Paper Award and the Achievement Award from the IEEE SP Society, the IEICE, and the Acoustical Society of Japan (ASJ). He received the ISCA Medal for Scientific Achievement, and the IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award. He received the NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Broadcast Cultural Award and the Okawa Prize. He also received the Achievement Award from the Minister of Science and Technology and the Minister of Education, Japan, and the Purple Ribbon Medal from Japanese Emperor. He was accredited as Person of Cultural Merit by the Japanese Government in 2016.
MANAGEMENT / BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
RESEARCH AND RESEARCH MANAGEMENT
2000: MBA, Executive MBA, Columbia University 1985: PhD, Information Engineering, University of Tokyo 1971: MS, Applied Mathematics, University of Tokyo 1969: BS, Applied Mathematics, University of Tokyo
$4,000 including a room charge
Each program/internship has, as FUTI understands, its own scholarship program. You can apply for both but can’t get both. FUTI scholarship is designed to be slightly more beneficial and more prestigious.
Please submit the following materials through FUTI’s online application system, separately from your application to the UTokyo programs/internships.
Since we do not provide any “save” feature, we recommend you first to look at the application system and to be sure that you have gathered all the required information before you begin.
End of February, 2020. Note that the deadline for the recommendation letters is the same.
Your application is evaluated on (1) the objectives of study abroad expressed in your essay, (2) academic performances considering differences of schools, (3) leadership and vitality expressed in your CV and (4) the recommendation.
FUTI will notify you about the decision by the last week of April. (In case your deadline might be extended to April because of Note 1, the result would be notified by the last week of May.)
Note 1. In the event you cannot submit your application by the end of February because of exceptional circumstances, we may extend the deadline to the end of April. Please notify us as soon as possible if you encounter such a possibility.
$3,000 including a room charge
$2,000 in case of a free room
(A) UCEAP, MISTI, and IRCN (B) Summer Programs/Internships at University of Tokyo which you found yourself
Up to $4,000 depending on the situation
End of February, 2020. Note that the deadline for the recommendation letters is the same. However, if you have any reason for which the deadline cannot be met, tell FUTI ahead of time. Depending on the reasons, FUTI may make an exception to extend the deadline to the end of April.
If you are a human, do not fill in this field.
応募は次の各点から選考されます。(1) エッセイに書かれている留学の目的、(2) 学業成績と英語成績、(3) CVに表現されているリーダシップと積極性、(4) 推薦状
(A) GEfIL, IRCN (B) ご自分で探した夏季プログラム/インターンで、充分レベルが高いもの
Masako M. Osako (大迫政子) is Executive Director of the International Longevity Center (ILC) Global Alliance, a partnership of 15 ILCs from around the world ( www.ilc-alliance.org). The ILC Global Alliance’s mission is to help societies address issues of longevity and population aging in a positive and productive manner. Residing in the United States, Masako is active in writing and presenting on various topics involving international aging.
In her capacity as ILC Global Alliance’s Representative to the UN (NY) Masako actively participates in UN programs aimed at promoting the rights of older persons around the world, delivering statements for UN sessions related to ageing. She serves on the Stakeholder Group on Aging and (the website monitoring team of) the Major Groups and other Stakeholder Coordination Mechanism, both of which focus on the effective implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: Agenda 2030. (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/majorgroups/about)
Prior to her position with the ILC Global Alliance, Masako has worked with the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Chicago Branch of Industrial Bank of Japan, Ltd. (currently Mizuho Bank), and Fitch Ratings, Ltd.
She was the founder and first President of Satsuki-kai America (University of Tokyo Alumnae group) from 2010 to 2016 and currently serves as Managing Director of Operations at Friends of UTokyo, Inc. In April 2019 she was elected President of Chicago Akamon-kai, an alumni association of UTokyo.
Formerly a student of the University of Tokyo (Economics Department), Ms. Osako received her B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, her MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago, and her PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University.
Yumi Nakayama, D.V.M., Ph.D. (中山由実) is currently a scientist of Hematology/Oncology in Translational Development and Diagnostics at the Celgene Corporation. She specializes in cellular and molecular immunology in hematological malignancy, infectious diseases, organ transplantation, and autoimmune diseases and has spent more than ten years in academia and the biopharma industry, committed to finding improved outcomes and better treatments in cancer and immune disorders through translational research and drug discovery. She has received several honors and awards including Excellence in delivering exceptional results from the Celgene Corporation in 2017 and the Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Transplantation in 2010. She received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Tokyo and her Ph.D. from the Department of Pathobiological Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases at University of Maryland, School of Medicine.
Akiko Koide (小出明子) is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Health. She is an expert in protein engineering, directed evolution and microbiology with >25 year experience in cutting-edge research. Together with her husband, Professor Shohei Koide, she has established the Monobody system, technology to generate small synthetic binding protein based on fibronectin type III domain that achieves potency that rivals antibodies. She is known as the mother of all Monobodies. In parallel, she has made important contribution to the development of synthetic antibodies, technology to develop antibodies without the use of animals. Using these powerful technologies, she has been developing novel therapeutics against cancer. She received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tokyo (農学部農芸化学科), Japan, and has published >70 peer-reviewed articles. She is the proud mother of two amazing daughters.
Shohei Koide, Ph.D. (小出昌平) is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at New York University School of Medicine and the Director of Cancer Biologics platform in the Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Health.
He is an internationally recognized leader in protein engineering and design. He has made major contributions to the fundamental principles and technologies that enable the creation of synthetic proteins, i.e. proteins with novel functions that have never existed in nature. His current research focus is to develop next-generation therapeutics for most challenging cancers. His independent research group has been funded continuously by grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health since 1997 (www.koidelab.org). He has published over 130 papers and holds 18 issued patents.
He received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo and received postdoctoral training at the Scripps Research Institute as a Human Frontier Science Program scholar. He was a member of the University of Tokyo rowing team (体育会漕艇部) and among the finalists in the qualifier for the Los Angeles Olympics. Previously he was Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Chicago (2002-16) and Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (1995-2002).
He is an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and on the editorial boards of Journal of Molecular Biology and Protein Engineering, Design and Selection. He served as a Scientific Director of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium, a private funding agency that stimulates inter-institutional collaboration in the Chicago area.
Takeshi Komoto （河本 雄）serves as Minister at the Japanese Embassy in the United States of America since June 2018. His portfolio covers policy areas including economy, trade, industry and energy.
He joined Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), the predecessor of Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), in 1993. Much of his career focuses on international affairs.
Before his current assignment, he was the Managing Director for Multilateral Trading System, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan since June 2017. He was responsible for World Trade Organization (WTO) issues as well as new global rule-makings in areas including digital trade and investment. He led the initiative to launch an exploratory work towards future negotiations on electronic commerce at the WTO in December 2017 at WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In 2016-2017, Mr. Komoto was the Director for Bureau of Economic Revitalization of Japan, Cabinet Secretariat of the Japanese government. He was a senior member of the team that puts together the Growth Strategy of ABENOMICS, the structural reform program (“The Third Arrow”) of the economic policy led by Prime Minister Abe. He was also responsible for marketing ABENOMICS to business communities around the world.
Mr. Komoto was the Executive Director of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) New York Office for three years in 2013-2016. His mission was to promote trade and investment between Japan and the United States.
In 2011-2013, he was the Director for FTA/EPA Negotiations and was responsible for a number of negotiations including on China-Japan-Korea (CJK) FTA, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP, what used to be called ASEAN+6), as well as Japan-Myanmar Bilateral Investment Agreement among others. He played a leading role in launching the negotiations for CJK FTA and RCEP in November 2012.
He was seconded to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat in Singapore in 2008-2011 as Program Director supporting committees on trade and investment as well as customs procedures. In 2010 when Japan was the Chair of APEC meetings, he supported the Japanese Government from the Secretariat as Host Economy Representative.
He worked on World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations in 2004-2006. He designed a Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) ministerial meeting for East Asian countries in Japan which greatly contributed to the agreement in supporting Swiss formula at the 2015 APEC Minster Responsible for Trade (MRT) Meeting in Jeju, South Korea.
He also has an experience of being seconded to Japan Defense Agency in 2002-2004, serving as a chief negotiator with the US Department of Defense on ballistic missile defense. He successfully concluded a deal between Japan and the US to cooperate in procurement and operation of missile defense system.
Mr. Komoto serves on Advisory Committee of Friends of U Tokyo, Inc. (FUTI), US NPO that supports student exchanges between University of Tokyo and US universities, since 2015.
He graduated from University of Tokyo in 1993 where he majored in economics. He received Master of Public Affairs from Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University in the United States in 1998.
He and his wife, Shiho, have three children, Ken, Jun, and Kano.
Takeshi Komoto （河本 雄）
2011年から13年までの間は、経済産業省の経済連携交渉官として日中韓FTA、RCEP（Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership、かつては「ASEAN+6」と呼ばれていた）、日ミャンマー投資協定などを交渉。特に2012年11月の日中韓FTA及び RCEPの交渉立ち上げに大きく貢献。
米国では多数の企業がマッチング・ギフト制度を設け、従業員及び退職者が慈善団体への寄附する事を奨励しています。従業員または退職者の寄付に対し、１対１のマッチングがなされることが普通です。 例えば、貴方がFUTI に５００ドルの寄附をされた場合には、マッチング額の５００ドルも合わせて、貴方は１０００ドルの寄付者として私共の名簿に掲載されます。(ただし、所得税控除に関しては、ご自身が寄附された額のみが対象となります。〉
FUTIは新しい団体ですので、マッチング・ギフト制度の対象となる資格を有する団体であることを、貴社の担当者はご存知ないかも知れません。FUTIは２００７年９月２７日に、内国歳入法170 条(b)(1)(A)(vi)項により、大衆慈善団体（Public Charity）として認可され、同法５０１条（ｃ）３項により、非課税の資格を有する（Tax Exempt）団体として認められている旨を、貴社の担当者にお伝えください。
寄附者が70½才以上で、IRA 口座をお持ちの場合は“IRA チャリタブル・ロールオーバー（IRA Charitable Rollover）をご活用いただけます。IRAからの支給金（Distribution）は通常、課税所得です。しかし、上記規定を適用し、慈善団体に寄附をされると、年に１０万ドルまで非課税所得になります。IRAの口座から慈善団体に寄附された額は、IRA口座の持ち主に要求される最小支給額（RMD：Required Minimum Distribution）の一部として計上されます。
寄付基金（Endowment Fund）は今後永年に亘り、FUTI の活動に財政的な安定を確保するための財源です。
基金はFUTI の所有になりますが、寄付者の投資に対するご意向（控えめ、中庸、或いは、やや積極的な投資）を出来るだけ配慮させて頂きます。１０万ドルの基金は投資利益率（基金運用家の手数料等を差し引き後) が５％であれば、年に５千ドル運用資金を生みます。どの様な活動を援助すべきかも、ご相談致したいと思います。例えば、夏季インターンシップ・プログラムにご関心があれば、投資からの収入で、毎年一人のインターンを充分援助できるでしょう。選ばれた優秀な学生に手渡される賞状には、あなたのお名前と署名がスポンサーとして明記されます。
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Double Your Donation through a Matching Gift Program
Many companies offer a matching gift program whereby an employee’s and/or retiree’s gift to a charitable organization like FUTI will be matched by the company, typically by the same amount, i.e., 1 to 1 matching. If your company or former employer recognizes FUTI as an eligible organization, your donation of, for example, $500 will be become a $1,000 gift to FUTI, and it will be recognized as such (although for your income tax deduction purpose, the amount is what you personally donate).
If your employer asks for our qualification to be eligible for a matching gift please contact us. We were granted, effective September 27, 2007, Public Charity status under section 170 (b)(1)(A)(vi), and are tax exempt under IRS Tax Code, section 501 (c)(3).
If you take the following three steps, we will take care of the rest.
We have found the following companies to have a matching gift program. If your employer and/or other companies you know of offer a matching gift program and are not listed below, please write to us. Please include the name, email and/or phone of the contact person.
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When you bequeath to FUTI, please consider how your gift should be used to support FUTI.
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You may have a life insurance policy that has outlived your original purpose, with all your children having grown up, and having accumulated enough assets to guarantee the financial security of your heirs. Such life insurance can be used for philanthropic purposes. There are two different ways you can structure a gift of life insurance to FUTI.
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The purpose of the endowment fund is to secure financial stability in FUTI’s activities for many years to come.
Money, securities and other assets donated into the endowment fund will be invested by a professional fund manager appointed by FUTI. If you select “FUTI Endowment Fund” under Donation Use, your gift will be poured into FUTI’s general Endowment Fund.
We welcome corporate sponsors and generous individuals to establish a special endowment fund that carries your own name or any individual (or organization) to whom you wish to pay a tribute, for instance, your parent, loved one or your teacher. We encourage you to make a pledge of $50,000, $100,000, $250,000, $500,000 or $1,000,000, which can be paid in installments over a period of five years.
Although the fund belongs to FUTI, we will accommodate your preference as much as possible with regard to the investment style (conservative, moderate, somewhat aggressive). A $100,000 endowment fund is expected to generate $5,000 a year, if the investment return is 5% (after deducting the fund management company’s commission). We will also consult with you on what programs should be supported by your endowment fund. If you are interested in, for instance, supporting our summer internship program, the investment income from your fund will comfortably support one summer intern every year. Your name will then be printed and signed by you as his/her sponsor in the award certificate to be given to the selected outstanding student.
If you find the worthwhile cause of FUTI activities to be very much in line with your desire to nurture talented and aspiring students to become global leaders of tomorrow, establishing your own endowment fund with FUTI is a great way to achieve your objective. FUTI will be working with you to fulfill your dream to return a portion of what you have earned to a good cause for future generations.
For further inquiry, please contact us using the form below.
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An IRA owner age 70½ and older may take advantage of the IRA charitable rollover provision. This provision allows an older taxpayer to make tax-free distributions of up to US$100,000 from his/her IRA to qualified charitable organizations, such as FUTI. Charitable distributions from the IRA can be used to satisfy the annual required minimum distribution (RMD).
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Yuichiro Kuwama, M.D. (桑間雄一郎) has been Medical Director at the Japanese Medical Practice Division of Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York since 2000. Dr. Kuwama serves as one of the primary care physicians for the Japanese community in the greater New York Metropolitan Area. He also engages in medical education activities by teaching medical students at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and doctors-in-training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. He is currently an associate professor of medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Tokyo in 1987, Dr. Kuwama joined the Department of Surgery at the University of Tokyo Hospital. He was qualified by the Board of Japan Surgical Society in 1991. After passing the United States Medical Licensing Examination, he started his training as an internist at Beth Israel Medical Center in 1993. He received an Internal Medicine Resident Award at the completion of his training in 1996. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in 1996. He returned to Tokyo in 1997 to accept an Assistant Professorship (“Koshi”) at his alma mater. He was also a researcher at the Japan Medical Association Research Institute (JMARI). He was invited to his current position at Beth Israel Medical Center in 2000. In 2006 he was inducted into the Leo M Davidoff Society, which honors teachers who have made significant contributions to the education of students at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Kuwama is married to Dr. Chika Kuwama who is also a physician and an alumna of the University of Tokyo, the Faculty of Medicine. They live in New Jersey and have three sons.
桑間 雄一郎 医師 2000年よりマウントサイナイベスイスラエル病院内東京海上記念診療所院長。桑間医師はニューヨーク地区の主として日系人対象に内科一般医療を提供している。桑間医師は医学教育活動にも従事し、マウントサイナイ医科大学の学生やマウントサイナイベスイスラエル病院の研修医に、准教授として教鞭をとっている。東京大学医学部医学科を1987年に卒業後、同医学部外科研修、1991年に外科認定医となる。そして、米国医師免許試験に合格後、1993年からマウントサイナイベスイスラエル病院の前身であるベスイスラエルメディカルセンターで内科研修を開始、1996年には同内科最優秀研修医賞を受賞、同年内科専門医資格取得。1997年に日本へ帰国し、東大医学部外科非常勤講師、日本医師会政策研究機構研究員などを務める。2000年にベスイスラエルメディカルセンターに招かれ現職につく。2006年には医学生の教育に優れた業績を残した医師に送られる賞である、アルバートアインスタイン医科大学のレオ・ダビドフ会への殿堂入りをする。配偶者の千佳さんも東大医学部卒業の医師であり、ニュージャージー在住。3人の男子に恵まれている。
Koichi Hamada (濱田宏一) is the Tuntex Professor of Economics Emeritus at Yale University, where he specializes in the Japanese economy and international economics, and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo, where he taught before coming to Yale in 1986. He was appointed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as Special Advisor (on Economics) to his new cabinet in December 2012.
Professor Hamada has an L.L.B. (he passed Japan’s national Bar Examination in 1957), and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Tokyo as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. His work on policy coordination, one of which first applied game theory to international finance, was published as The Political Economy of International Monetary Interdependence(MIT Press, 1985), and some of his economic articles are collected in Strategic Approaches to the International Economy: Selected Essays of Koichi Hamada(Edward & Elgar, 1996). He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and served as its council member from 1980 to 1985. Hamada was the President of the Japanese Association of Economics and Econometrics (now the Japan Economic Association) from 1994 to 1995 and was the founding President of the Japan Law and Economics Association in 2003 (now its honorary fellow). In 2006 he was awarded the imperial decoration, the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star (瑞宝章), which is conferred on those who have accumulated distinguished achievements for Japan.
In Japan, he participated in many policy committees at the Ministry of Finance, MITI, the Economic Planning Agency and other ministries. Hamada also serves as one of the associate editors for many journals including Econometrica, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics and Journal of the Japanese and International Economies.
Hamada’s game-theoretic study of international monetary relations is regarded as one of the first studies that drew attention to the strategic aspects of macroeconomic policy in interdependent nations. He was one among the few who applied the methodology of “Law and Economics” to Japan’s legal system in the 1970s. His current research topics include: international capital movements, regional integration, political economy of international monetary reform, economics and politics of Japan’s last decade, a comparison of economic functions of the Japanese and the U.S. legal systems.
In 1997, Professor Hamada served as a member of the external evaluation team of the Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility (ESAF) Program of the International Monetary Fund by request of its Board of Directors. He was a member of the Consulting Group that advised Mike Moore, Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), on the future perspectives for the world trade system, and he was until recently a member of the Consulting Group that advises Supachai Panitchpakdi, Director General of the WTO.
From January 2001 to July 2002, Professor Hamada was on leave from Yale University to serve as the first President of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI, 経済社会総合研究所長), Cabinet Office of the Japanese Government. The ESRI engages in policy-oriented research and compiling the GDP statistics. Hamada was in a position to advise the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy (CEFP 経済財政諮問会議), a body created to promote the administrative reform (構造改革) chaired by the Prime Minister.
Koichi Hamada was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, the Ford Dissertation Fellowship and the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS) Fellowship. He was a recipient of Nikkei Tosho Bunka Prize (1967) for Economic Growth and Capital Movements, (経済成長と国際資本移動－資本自由化の経済学), the Ekonomisuto prize (1980) for Banking Behavior and Monetary Policy (金融政策と銀行行動). He was also awarded the Otto Eckstein Prize (1988) by the Eastern Economic Association for The Impact of the General Theory in Japan, recognized as the best article in the Eastern Economic Review for the year. In 2009, Professor Hamada was awarded the Abe Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). This fellowship is intended for international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. Professor Hamada’s proposed area of research is “Ignorance or Vested Interests: A Comparison of Economic Crisis Management in Japan and the United States.”
His latest book 「アメリカは日本経済の復活を知っている」(“America knows that Japan’s Economy Will Revive”) was published by Kodansha Publishing Co. in January 2013.
Sumiko Ito (伊藤澄子)
Sumiko is President of Arcadia Capital, Inc., a strategic consulting firm, which she founded in 1991. Arcadia focuses on providing advice to Japanese and US companies looking to expand cross-border business opportunities. Clients include both major multinational companies, as well as smaller technology-oriented firms. Before founding Arcadia, Sumiko worked as Principal and Head of Japanese Business Development for Alex Brown & Sons in Baltimore, Maryland. Sumiko began her career as an official for the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Japan. She subsequently moved to Strategic Planning Associates in Washington, D.C. and then to Nomura Securities International, Inc. in New York. Her life and career as the first Japanese female investment banker was made into a case study entitled as “ Sumiko Ito” by Prof. David Thomas, which was published by Harvard Business School.
Sumiko is active with contemporary arts and is a former Board Member of the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan and presently Hara Museum Fund in New York. She is also active in helping people in area affected by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake in March 2011 and following nuclear power plant disaster. She is a member of the Board of WIT(World In Tohoku), a Japanese non-profit general association, which invests in social entrepreneurs in the area. She is also a member of the Board of the Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association in San Francisco. She is a Japanese tea master and serves as the New York representative of the Enshu Tea School.
Sumiko received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Tokyo and an M. Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford, where she received a Swire Centennial Scholarship.
Sumiko lives in New York City, with her husband Donald Allison. She also maintains a house in Karuizawa, Japan, where she resides during the summer months.
伊藤澄子氏のキャリアは、 厚生省(当時)に入省から始まり、環境衛生、児童福祉、年金運用の分野で働いた。その後、１９８０年にアメリカにわたり、ストラテジック・プラニング・アソシエイツ、ワシントン DC、にコンサルタントとして、米国野村証券、ニューヨーク、に日本女性第一号のインベストメント・バンカーとして勤務した。（伊藤澄子氏のキャリアに関しては、”Sumiko Ito” というタイトルで、ハーバード･ビジネス･スクールからケース･スタディとして出版されている。）
伊藤氏は現代芸術および日本伝統文化に深い関心を持ち,クロノス・カルテット, サンフランシスコ、ハラ・ミュージアム・ファンド、ニューヨークの理事を勤めるとともに、遠州流茶道のニューヨーク出張所を運営している。また、２０１１年に起きた東日本大震災・福島原発事故で影響を受けた 人々のためのボランティア活動を、災害発生当初から日本と米国において進めており、２０１３年からは、一般社団法人ワールド・イン・トーホクの理事に就任し、被災地の社会起業家を支援する活動に力を入れている。夫、ドナルド・アリソン氏とともに、ニューヨーク市マンハッタンに居住、主に夏の期間は、長野県軽井沢市で過ごす。
Prof. Teruo Fujii received his Ph.D. degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from the University of Tokyo (UTokyo) in 1993. After working at the RIKEN Institute, he was appointed as Associate Professor in 1999 at the Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), University of Tokyo, and promoted to Full Professor in 2007. Currently he is Executive Director and Vice President of UTokyo in charge of External Relations. He also serves as President of the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS), which is the governing body of the MicroTAS conference, the most important scientific meeting in the field of Microfluidics.
Shigenori (Shig) Matsushita (松下重悳): Upon graduating from the Department of Electrical Engineering (with Major in Communications) of UTokyo in March 1959, he joined Toshiba Corporation in April 1959 where he designed basic transistor circuits for computers. He was a chief design engineer for a patch-board programmed computer and a magnetic drum internal-program computer. In 1962 he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and studied at the University of Illinois, where he worked as an assistant to develop a pattern recognition computer, ILLIAC III, in the Digital Computer Laboratory, and received his MS degree in August 1963.
In 1961, a joint research project with the then Assistant Professor Hiroshi Hagiwara of Kyoto University began and the first full-scale microprogrammed computer, KT-P, was completed. This work was presented at the IFIP Congress in 1962 and attracted attention for its variable microprograms, which were implemented by patch-boards and punched hole cards covering photo-transistors. Based on this technology, the development of a high-speed microprogrammed computer, TOSBAC-3400, for commercialization was initiated, for which he served as the chief design engineer. This computer was widely used by computer centers of domestic universities, primarily for FORTRAN calculations and by camera manufacturers for their lens designs.
Toshiba became affiliated with the Computer Division of General Electric, which was then annexed into Honeywell Information Systems (HIS). As a result, HIS became affiliated with both Toshiba and NEC. Mr. Matsushita led a joint HIS-Toshiba project to develop a high-speed computer and its technology , by dispatching several dozens of Toshiba engineers to HIS.
While holding these technical and managerial responsibilities for the company, he studied by himself, in his private hours, to construct a crosstalk theory for digital signals, and received his Doctor of Engineering degree from UTokyo in October 1974.
In 1978, Toshiba transferred its large-scale general-purpose computer business to a joint company with NEC, named “NEC-Toshiba Information Systems,” where he was responsible for business planning, negotiation and contracts. At the same time, Toshiba recognized a new business opportunity in “Office Automation” or “OA”, which could be realized by integrating small-scale computers, communications and business machines. Dr. Matsushita planned, promoted and evangelized the OA business. Later, he was named Associate General Manager of Technology for these businesses, being responsible for administration of these technologies. When the computer group and the control systems group were merged, he became responsible for the technology operations. In 1985 he decided the company’s strategy for an IBM-compatible laptop personal computer, T-1100.
When a new breed of companies emerged overseas, he promoted alliances with overseas companies, including Toshiba’s OEM contract with Sun Microsystems, a joint company with Computer-Vision, a joint company with Olivetti, and a sales contract with Netscape. The contracts with Sun Microsystems and Netscape were the first such contracts done by any Japanese company.
From 1993-96 Dr. Matsushita was the Executive Vice President of Toshiba Information Systems and led a switchover from the custom-made COBOL software development business to the online, packaged or personal computer software business. From 1996-2001, he was President of the Japanese subsidiary of an American start-up company, Wink Communications, whose business was to promote and market an interactive television system.
From 2002-5 he was fully engaged in the establishment and operation of a venture capital firm in Tokyo. Since 2002 to the present , he has been also serving as a director of the Board of a start-up company, DDS Inc., which specializes in fingerprint recognition. Dr. Matsushita helped DDS accomplish its IPO in Tokyo. From 2005 through 2011, he was also on the Board of Directors of an Internet start-up company, Luke 19 Inc., which was acquired by another Internet company.
From 2002 to 2014, he was a visiting professor of the University of Chubu, Nagoya, giving lectures on globalization of economy and on IT applications to a summer business school class for businessmen.
Dr. Matsushita is a member of the Japanese Computer Pioneers elected by the IPSJ (Information Processing Society of Japan) Computer Museum. http://museum.ipsj.or.jp/en/pioneer/index.html
Nobuko Sakurai (桜井信子) graduated from the University of Tokyo (French Studies), and spent one year in Paris as a student. After working at Air France in Tokyo for six years, she was employed at the Smithsonian Institute when she moved to Washington, D.C. with her husband. She obtained a Master’s Degree in French Studies from American University in Washington DC. During her husband’s second posting in Washington, D.C., she wrote a monthly business report for the Japanese Government’s affiliated organization, Japan Economic Institute, for seven years. She worked at the Japanese company, Forma Corp, in Tokyo, planning and organizing financial forums in Japan for U.S. and French firms from 1995 until 2000, when she moved to New York with her husband. She continued to work part time for Forma from New York until 2006. She served as President of the Nippon Club Women’s Association and co-President of the U.S.-Japan Women’s Association, at which she is currently an advisor. She is a member of Advisory Committee of Lotus Circle of the Asia Foundation, an honorary advisor for the Japanese Business Women’s Association in New York, also a member of the International Visitors Committee at the Cosmopolitan Club in New York. She and her husband have two daughters, one married and living in New York, and the other working for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Nobuko Sakurai (桜井信子) 東京大学仏文仏語科卒業後、東京のエールフランスで6年間勤務。その後夫の転勤に伴いワシントンDCに移住、スミソニアン・インスティチュートに勤務。ワシントンDCのアメリカン大学にてフランス研究科修士号を取得。2度目のワシントン滞在中に、日本国外務省外郭団体であるJapan Economic Institute にて7年間、日本に進出する米企業、米国に進出する日系企業に関するビジネス・リポート作成担当。1995年から2000年、東京のフォルマ・コーポレーションにて米企業、仏企業のためのビジネス会議、セミナーの企画、運営を担当。2000年にニューヨーク移住後も2006年まで同社の翻訳業務を一部担当。日本クラブ婦人部会長、日米婦人会会長を務め、現在はコスモポリタンクラブ（ニューヨーク）International Committee 書記、東南アジアの女性を支援するAsia Foundation Lotus Circleのアドバイザー、日米婦人会アドバイザー。
Hisashi Kobayashi （小林久志） is a former Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Sherman Fairchild University Professor Emeritus of Princeton University. Primary fields of his research have been communication theory, system modeling and performance evaluation, and applied probability theory. He joined the Board of Friends of UTokyo, Inc. (formerly Friends of Todai, Inc.) since its inception in October 2007 as Director, and became President in April 2011, succeeding the Founding President Mr. Junji Masuda and served in that capacity until September 2015, when he became the Chair of the Advisory Committee.
Kobayashi received his BE (1961) and ME (1963) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, where he was a recipient of the Sugiyama Scholarship of the late Mr. Kintaro Sugiyama, and the David Sarnoff RCA Scholarship. He worked for Toshiba Corporation for two years before he came to Princeton University in 1965 as an Orson Desaix Munn Fellow of Princeton University, where he received his Ph.D. in two years.
He then joined IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY as a research staff member, where he worked on data transmission theory, and coding and decoding techniques for digital magnetic recording. In 1970-71 he invented a novel scheme for high-density, high-reliability digital recording, now widely known as the PRML (Partial-Response coding, Maximum Likelihood decoding) scheme, for which he was awarded the 2005 Eduard Rhein Technology Award of Germany, and the 2012 NEC C&C Prize in Japan. The PRML scheme has been adopted in virtually all hard disks and optical discs.
Kobayashi was promoted to Manager, Senior Manager and Department Manager of Computer Science Department at the IBM Research Center in 1971, 1974 and 1981, respectively, and was appointed in 1982 as Founding Director of IBM Japan Science Institute (now IBM Research-Tokyo).
In 1986 he was invited to join the Princeton faculty as Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (1986-91), and as the Sherman Fairchild University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the position he held until he retired in June 2008.
Other recognitions Kobayashi received include a Senior U.S. Scientist Award (1979) from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, IBM Outstanding Contribution Awards (1975, 1984), and IBM Invention Achievement Awards (1971, 1973). He became a Fellow (1977) and a Life Fellow (2003) of the IEEE, a Fellow of the IEICE Japan (2004), and a member of the Engineering Academy of Japan (1992). Kobayashi has been listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World since 1982.
He authored Modeling and Analysis (Addison Wesley 1978) and coauthored System Modeling and Analysis (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008) and Probability, Random Processes and Statistical Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of an international journal Performance Evaluation (Elsevier, 1979-86).
He was a visiting professor at UCLA (1969-70), University of Hawaii (1975), Stanford University (1976), Technische Universität Darmstadt (1979-80), Université libre de Bruxelles (1980), RCAST of the University of Tokyo (1991-92), and University of Victoria, Canada (1998-99).
He served as an advisor for numerous organizations, including NASA, SRI International, National University of Singapore, Duke University, Advanced Systems Institute of British Columbia, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology of Japan, 21st Century COE Program of JSPS, Institute of Industrial Science of UTokyo, G-Lab of Würzburg, Germany, Toyota Technological Institute, and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan.
Kobayashi was the Guest Speaker at the Opening Ceremony of the Graduate School of UTokyo in April 2010 (Click here for the speech text and YouTube video). He is an advisor of WINLAB of Rutgers University and serves on the Board of the Armstrong Memorial Research Foundation, Inc. of Columbia University. Hisashi Kobayashi is a younger brother of the mathematician Shoshichi Kobayashi, who was a professor emeritus at UC Berkeley.
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