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He received B.S., M.S.,and Ph.D. degrees in Science from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1981, 1983, and 1986, respectively. In 1986, he joined the R&D Laboratories of NTT Corporation, where he conducted and supervised basic science and developments of various types of optical functional materials, devices and sub-systems utilizing organics, semiconductors and LiNbO3 for future photonic communication, information processing and non-telecom applications (environment and life science). He stayed at the Physics Institute of University of Bayreuth, Germany as an invited (1991, 1996) and a visiting (1992-1993) scientist.

He moved to Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), Kyoto, as a Vice President, Director in 2007, and became the Senior Vice President, Director in 2010. He is now the Executive Vice President, Representative Director, Head of Strategic Management Unit and Business Development Office, of ATR, and is in charge of corporate management and planning, and business developments, of ATR and ATR Group.

He is also a strategic director and the leader of Innovation Hub Activity of Keihanna Research Complex Project of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), in which he is creating a global innovation ecosystem together with local governments, big companies, SMEs, startups, universities, research institutes, and local residents.

He is the President of the Japanese Research Association for Organic Electronics Materials (JOEM), an advisor of Strategic Promotion of Innovative Research and Development of JST, and a board member of the Sand Culture Society of Japan.

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