Being second to none in a certain field nurtures the confidence needed for becoming a pathfinder
Project Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo Masahiro Kawai
Logical thinking and the ability to express those thoughts lucidly to convince others—the requirement for being a leader in any organization, regardless of scale, is the commitment to constantly hone these abilities. This is my appeal to you. Find a field in which you excel and develop self-confidence. Armed with this, venture out onto the global stage.
Fostering Human Resources Capable of Recognizing Their Connection to the World and Solving Problems
Project Research Associate, Graduate School of Public Policy Kazuyo Hanai
I was drawn to scholarship from an interest in biblical archeology and am now involved in studying the problem of conflict resources in Congo. Thorough investigation of a small doubt has helped me affirm my connection to the world. Among the many available approaches, I look forward to utilizing the twin wheels of research and education in meeting the challenge of resolving social problems.
Cultivating International Human Resources Who Can Bridge the Gap between Theory and Practice
Project Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo Toshiro Nishizawa
How many people are able to turn the ambitions and career plan they imagined for themselves into reality? That means maintaining a strong sense of curiosity and awareness of wider issues as you take your life forward, and doing so without losing sight of your goals, even in the midst of rapid change. What those who achieve their ambitions have in common is probably their determination to devote themselves to tackling individual issues in the real world. And the next issue that Japan needs to address is the cultivation of international human resources who can bridge the gap between theory and practice.
An encounter with a new world is a chance for self-growth
Professor in the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, the University of Tokyo Keisuke Iida
By expanding your studies across disciplines, not only will your own discipline be enriched, but you will be able to gain a sense of growth as a human being. Directing your curiosity and challenging mind to a variety of fields, take full advantage of the chances close at hand, such as the opportunity to study different disciplines and interact with others, so that you can grow.
Study how the market economy works, to discover your own connections to society
Graduate School of Economics, the University of Tokyo Yasushi Iwamoto
The market economy impacts our daily lives. Every one of us, as individuals, carries on economic activities as we go about our everyday affairs. If we look not from the viewpoint of individual humans but obtain an overview of the workings of the economic system in society, or analyze this system objectively, things appear different when the viewpoint changes.
An Application-Driven Search for New Materials
Professor, The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Engineering Shigeo Maruyama
The anticipation and thrill as a scientist of discovering something new, and the joy and satisfaction as an engineer of putting that discovery to effective use, exist side-by-side in the research arena. Following the revolutionary discovery of a method for synthesizing single-walled carbon nanotubes, the search goes on for future new materials, focused on their potential applications.
Addressing Energy Issues by Studying Social Systems as a Whole
Professor, The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Engineering Ryuji Matsuhashi
Recent years have seen a flurry of developments in energy policies and measures to combat global warming. With deregulation of the electricity retail market due to begin in April 2016, research on total energy systems and technical innovations can help bring us closer to making the dream of a safe and prosperous low-carbon society a reality.
Creating Systems to Solve Healthcare Issues
Professor,The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Medicine Yasuki Kobayashi
The field of public health is becoming ever more complex in recent years. In Japan as in other countries, urgent efforts are being made to reform the healthcare system. But medicine will not be able to address the issues alone—the situation requires an interdisciplinary response involving collaboration with other fields.
Requirements for Working on the Global Stage
Professor, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo Hisashi Yoshikawa
Japan urgently needs to develop human resources with the necessary communication skills to think and act globally in order to maintain its strong presence in the international community. It is no longer sufficient simply to take notes at negotiation tables and conferences.
Devise Your Own Solutions: Become a Leader that Builds Society
The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Engineering Ichiro Sakata
A leader should be someone equipped with profound expertise who is also versatile and ready to challenge him or herself in all situations, leading to the achievement of a goal. A graduate school education does not provide the solutions. Leadership is something one must devise out of passion and keen interest for the research subject.
Toward Sustainable Medicine
Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo Chiaki Sato
Increasing healthcare cost is a serious problem that is common to all developed countries. The U.S., where healthcare expenses as a percentage of GDP are the highest in the world, is experimenting with a new concept called “Accountable Care.” Could this also be a ray of light for Japan?
Constructing a Framework Centered on Resources for a New Society
Professor Department of Pioneering Asian Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo. Jin Sato
If you place resources at the center of human society and take another look at the world, the world will show you wealth and poverty that were not visible before. Following the transitions in history to reveal the overall picture of a society and its historical turning points is the true thrill of pursuing the social sciences.
Enjoying uncertain “knowledge”
Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo Hisashi Kurokura
For both science and biology, there are “more interesting things, more interesting discoveries.” This is the appeal of learning; it’s what moves you. Intellect can be considered as the sensation of facing the world.
During such confrontations, it is truly within intellectual work that you have to think in what way your own inner world should be deployed.
Understanding the unfathomable nature of human society and moving toward becoming scientists with depth
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo Shuichi Sakai
What are "technologies that allow human beings to live safely?" Thinking of overall designs that include the social system is precisely what will allow us to protect the safety of our IT society and provide resilience in today's day and age. Intellectuals possessing fundamental knowledge and skills as well as depth as human beings will create our future society.
Drawing up a blueprint for problem solving in complicated international situations
Professor at University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics Kiichi Fujiwara
In several areas of the world, countries that are currently subject to collective security due to the collapse of their national governments have become hotbeds for terrorist organizations. This situation presents a serious risk of international tumult and crisis. The role of academics and scholars is to present policies that can anticipate and prevent this potential crisis before a terrorist strike occurs.
Safety and Security: As Can Be Observed in Overlapping Areas
Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo Professor Hideaki Shiroyama
There are areas in the fields of safety and security where, increasingly, “the spheres in question are starting to overlap.” Researchers in various fields are setting common goals to solve problems, are accepting each other’s opinions and points of view, and are conducting extensive discussions and investigations, with several possibilities in mind.
Beyond All or Nothing Arguments: The Importance of Strategic and Flexible Risk Responses
Professor, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo Taketoshi Taniguchi
One large risk can lead to multiple further risks. How do we respond to an inevitable risk and recover from it rapidly? Japan is seeking a strategy for prioritizing risks and efficiently distributing limited resources.
Qualtifying Safety and Security with Risk Concept
Project Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy / Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo Atsuo Kishimoto
“Safety” changes with the times and circumstances. In the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake, risk is diversifying in Japan, and we must reflect on the question: “what is safety?
Complex Risk Management
Professor, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo Kazuo Furuta
In Japanese, “resilience” is dan in dansei or danryoku, which is a literal translation. To explain resilience in more easily understandable terms, its meaning is something like “recovery property” or “recuperative power.” Initially, “resilience” came into use, a long time ago, a technical term in...
University and Society
Professor, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo Hideyuki Horii
Before saying that this is the role the university should play in society, I think what comes first is that the university itself is currently experiencing a paradigm shift. If you think about it from the perspective of the university’s history, the current university model, the so-called Berlin Model, is something you...
School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo Shinji Suzuki
I’ve always loved airplanes for as long as I can remember. I was raised in Nagoya where the aviation industry is concentrated in the Chubu area, and when I was in elementary school, the YS-11 domestically produced passenger plane made its first flight...
Medical Technology and Healthcare Policy
The University of Tokyo, School of Engineering Ichiro Sakuma
As far as terminology is concerned, I believe “medical engineering” is more appropriate. What precision engineering entails, however, is a scholastic field that strives to create some form of functionality, and this was part of the original intent behind the discipline. Thus, some of the activities we engage in come under...
Energy Technology and Public Policy
The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy Nobuo Tanaka
Since the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in particular, there has been extensive political debate in Japan regarding energy problems and whether nuclear power is safe or not. Public anxiety is also a factor; so instead, the debate is focused on to what extent dangerous...
Social Design and Global Leadership
The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy Kan Suzuki
First of all, there is the issue of, why globally oriented people now? The Internet is widespread today, and we no longer experience the obstacle of distance, as we are able to connect with other people around the world in real time and on a daily basis. In the past ten years, globalization has progressed with remarkable speed. I believe...