I was born and grew up in Nara, which, like Kyoto, is an ancient capital of Japan. A number of historical temples and shrines are scattered throughout Nara Prefecture, including Hasedera, a large temple complex located in my hometown with a spectacular view from the balcony of the main hall. I believe Nara’s serene atmosphere helped to cultivate my intellectual curiosity.
I have a wife and two children, and among my many pleasures is enjoying a cup of black tea.
1979 Received B.Eng. degree from Faculty of Engineering, Doshisha University
1981 Received M.Eng. degree from the Graduate School of Engineering, Doshisha University
1987 Received D.Eng. degree from the Graduate School of Engineering, Doshisha University
1984-1987 Assistant at the Faculty of Engineering, Kindai University
1987-1991 Junior Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Kindai University
1991-1993 Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Kindai University
1993-1998 Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Doshisha University
1998-present Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Doshisha University
2006-2010 Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Graduate
School of Engineering, Doshisha University
2010-2013 Vice president and Executive Dean, Organization for Research
Initiatives and Development
2016-present President, Doshisha University
Areas of Expertise
What have been the main lessons you have learned in your career and how do you implement them in your management?
Throughout my career and life experience, I have learned how important it is to listen attentively to other people’s opinions and ideas. In addition, I believe that responding in a sincere and respectful manner will earn trust and lead to the achievement of one’s goals.
My parents and wife have given me strength and encouragement in my personal life. In my professional life, my university colleagues and students always help me fulfill my roles and duties with their creative, dedicated and resourceful efforts.
My favorite quotation, Ichigo Ichie (One time, one meeting), is linked to the concept of the Japanese tea ceremony. It means that we should treasure every meeting with others as it will never happen in quite the same way again. I always take care to value my encounters with people and appreciate our dialogue as a unique experience.
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