Oct 27(Tue)

Kazuhiro Suzuki
【Smart city seminar】Country Digital Transformation in New Normal (tentative)
Mr. Kazuhiro Suzuki

Cisco Systems G.K.

Wayoh (Kazuhiro) Suzuki is Chairman & Representative Officer. In this role, he enhances Cisco’s relationship with the Japanese society and leads strategic initiatives such as IoT business development through strategic partnership, overseeing Tokyo 2020 Olympic project office and Innovation Center Tokyo. He is an active executive member of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives in making recommendations on economic policy and corporate management as a vice-chairperson of the Regional Revitalization Committee.

Koichiro Kimura
【Smart city seminar】Towards Building a Sustainable Society from a Global Perspective
Mr. Koichiro Kimura

PwC Japan Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC Japan Group

Born on 1963, Japan Certified Public Accountant.
Graduated from the School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University with a bachelor’s degree in economics on 1987.
Joined Aoyama Audit Corp in 1986. PwC Japan Group Chairman and Senior Partner since June 2016. CEO of PwC Aarata LLC from 2012 to 2020 June.
During his career he was involved in numerous US GAAP and J-GAAP financial statements audits. At PriceWaterhouse US in the Chicago office (1993 - 1997) , engaged mainly in audits of the auto sector.
A trustee of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, Member of The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy Advisory Board.

【Smart city seminar】Happiness society in the post-corona era
Prof. Yoshio Tsukio


Professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo. Born in Nagoya in 1942. Graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, and completed the doctoral course at the Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. He has served as director of the Urban Systems Research Institute, professor of the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, and professor of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo. There are also activities aimed at protecting the environment all over the country. He has authored many books such as "Japan's Turning Point: How Regional Development is Transforming the Nation".

Naoki Minakata
【Smart city seminar】About the Smart City initiatives that LINE Fukuoka has realized with Fukuoka City
Mr. Naoki Minakata

Senior Manager, Smart City Strategy Dept, LINE Fukuoka Corporation

Joined Recruit Communications in 2007. Engaged in advertising production and launching new businesses.
Moved to LINE Fukuoka in 2018. As a business plan, he is in charge of building the foundation of the company and collaborating with Fukuoka City.
Concluded a comprehensive cooperation agreement with Fukuoka City in August 2018. Established the Smart City Strategy Office and became the director.

【Special Event】International Conference by Knowledge Experts For Humanity in the New Normal Age

Prof. Hiroshi Matsumoto

IIAS Director, RIKEN President

Hiroshi Matsumoto was appointed President of RIKEN in 2015 and Director of International Institute for Advanced Studies in 2018. Prior to his appointment he served as President of Kyoto University from 2008 to 2014. He is a specialist in space radio science, space plasma physics and space solar power systems (SSPS). He has received many awards and honors including the Russian Federation of Cosmonautics Gagarin Medal, the Government of Japan's Medal with Purple Ribbon and the URSI Gold Booker Medal, the Chevalier in French Legion of Honor and the Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Dr. Michifumi Isoda

Associate Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studiesn

Born in 1970/Okayama-shi, Okayama. Finished graduate school of Keio University. Holds Ph.D. in Humanities.
He was appointed associate professor of International Research Center for Japanese Studies after serving as the associate professor of Ibaraki University and the professor of Shizuoka University of Art and Culture.
His books “Abacus and Sword (Bushi no Kakeibo)”, “Tono-sama no Tsuushinbo”, “Edo no Bibouroku”, “Ryuma Shi”, “Nihon jin no Eichi”, “Rekishi no Tanoshimikata”, “Rekishi no Yomitokikata”, “Tensai kara Nihonshi wo Yominaosu”, “Nihon shi no Uchimaku”etc.

Shigeo Koyasu
Prof. Shigeo Koyasu

Executive Director, RIKEN

Dr. Shigeo Koyasu received his D.Sc. from the University of Tokyo (1983). He has served as Research Associate at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science (1981-), Instructor (1988-), and Assistant Professor of the Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School (1990-), Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School (1995-), and Professor and Chairman of Microbiology and Immunology, Keio University of Medicine (1995-). He then served as Director of RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS) and is currently Executive Director for Research of RIKEN. He has served as a council member of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) and treasurer of the Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia and Oceania (FIMSA) and President of FIMSA.

Taizo Son
Mr. Taizo Son

Mistletoe Japan Founder

Taizo Son is a serial entrepreneur, an investor and a startup enthusiast who builds the startup ecosystems to make the world a better place. He has successfully created several startups in areas of games, media and other Internet-related technologies and services. Now he is energetically supporting innovative startups as the founder of Mistletoe to create collective impacts for social good.

Mr. Seigow Matsuoka


Executive director of the Editorial Engineering Laboratory (EEL) and president of ISIS (Interactive System of Inter Scores) Editorial School, in Tokyo. He developed a unique methodological worldview, which he calls “editorial engineering." His ideas are published in innovative forms spanning the written word, film and video, multimedia, and the internet.

【Android Dialogue Project】The Future as Viewed by Religious Leaders and Robot Researchers ~What is a Human Being~

Prof. Hiroshi Ishigro / ERICA


Rev. Daiko Matsuyama

Deputy Head Priest, Taizo-in Zen Buddhist Temple, Kyoto

Born in 1978 in Kyoto, Mr. Matsuyama obtained his Master’s degree in Agriculture and Life Sciences from the University of Tokyo. After three and half years of training at Heirin-ji Temple, Niiza, he became the deputy priest of Taizoin Temple in 2007. Matsuyama is acclaimed for organizing intercultural activities such as Zen experience tours for foreign visitors and talks at embassies in Japan and at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club. In May 2009, he was elected as a Japan Tourism Agency’s Ambassador for its “Visit Japan” Campaign. He has been a member of Kyoto’s Ambassadors for Tourism since 2011, and was listed as one of “The Top 100 People of the New Generation 2016” in Nikkei Business. And he was appointed as a fellow of US-Japan Leadership Program from 2016. In 2018, he was invited to Israel as the delegate of Young Leaders Program. And he also became a visiting lecturer at Stanford Univ. He received The Award of Commissioner for Cultural Affairs and Shigemitsu Award from Japan society in Boston in 2019.
As a young representative of the Zen Sect in Japan, Matsuyama has interacted with many religious leaders, such as having an audience with the Roman Catholic Pope and conversing with the 14th Dalai Lama. He also participated in the Davos World Economic Forum in 2014, and continues to work actively beyond national and religious borders. He is the author of the book, Forget What’s Important First: 30 Zen Teachings for the Wavering Soul (Sekai Bunka Publishing, 2014) Strolling around Zen Gardens in Kyoto (PHP Publishing, 2016) Introduction of ZEN for workers (Kodansya Publishing, 2016).

Oct 28 (Wed)

【Smart city seminar】
Mr. Akio Moriwaki

Dassault Systemes K.K.
Global Marketing Director, Construction, Cities & Territories

After gaining experience in marketing and business development at a foreign-affiliated company, he joined Dassault Systèmes Group company Japan DELMIA in 2006 and engaged in marketing for the manufacturing industry, then the scope enlarged to Asia in 2007. He has been in charge of global marketing for the construction industry in 2008, and since 2019, he became a construction, cities and territories industry global marketing leader.

Ichiya Nakamura
【Smart city seminar】
Dr. Ichiya Nakamura

President, iUniversity

He also serves as chairman of Japanese government’s committees including Intellectual Property Committee, Pop Culture WG, etc. He is known as president of various consortiums such as CiP Association, Digital Signage Consortium, and Super-human Sports Society. Also known as founder of NPO CANVAS. Serves as director of companies including Space Shower, YOSHIMOTO, etc.

Tsuyoshi Okado
【Smart city seminar】Action of Nissin Electric for the realization of smart new energy society
Mr. Tsuyoshi Okado

Nissin Electric Co., Ltd.

Takehiko Nagumo
【Smart city seminar】Realizing New Form of Smart Cities that Live Together with the Planetary Environment
~Shift to the Era of Coexistence with COVID-19~
Mr.Takehiko Nagumo

Executive Director, General Incorporated Association Smart City Institute Japan

Senior Managing Executive Officer, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting
Member, Japanese Government’s Cabinet Office Regulatory Reform Promotion Council
Digital Government Promotion Officer, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Fellow, World Economic Forum Fourth Industrial Revolution Japan Center

Andrew Cockburn
【Smart city seminar】Innovating in Smart Cities and Mobility
Mr.Andrew Cockburn

Head of Global Business Growth, Connected Places Catapult

Andrew has worked in the area of technology, smart cities and innovation globally for almost a decade. He has spoken at major technology and smart cities events globally, including at the OECD on best practice of government, academia and industry in attracting the FDI. He has also spoken at a major UN conference on the role of technology and innovation policy and practice in economic diversification. Having set up and run the UK government’s technology and smart cities export team Andrew has worked with the UK technology and smart city ecosystem to help them win business, build partnerships and enter new markets globally. He has worked in over 20 countries to connect the technology, smart cities and innovation ecosystems across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America and Latin America. More recently Andrew has been working with cities to look at how innovation in procurement can support the development of home-grown solution providers, to allow cities to create the right companies, jobs and skillsets for the future.

Japanese Culture Creation Study Group

Sei-ichi Nishimoto
Dr.Sei-ichi Nishimoto

Chairman, Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Technology and Culture
Chairman, Advanced Science, Technology & Management Research Institute of KYOTO (ASTEM)
Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University

Sei-ichi Nishimoto received his Ph.D. from Kyoto University in 1978, was appointed to Associate Professor in 1985, Professor in 1993, and the Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering during 2006 to 2008. After retirement from Kyoto University in 2012, he has been the Chairman, Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Technology and Culture as well as Advanced Science, Technology & Management Rese

Yosihiko Tokumaru
Prof. Yosihiko Tokumaru

Professor, Seitoku University
Professor Emeritus, Ochanomizu University

Born in Tokyo. He studied aesthetics and musicology at the University of Tokyo and Université Laval (Canada). He taught at Ochanomizu University (Université de Montréal, University of California Los Angeles, as visiting professor) and the Open University of Japan. Currently professor of musicology at Seitoku University, professor emeritus of Ochanomizu University. He worked as one of the supervisors for the project “Asian traditional performing arts” (the Japan Foundation). Recent works in Western languages: L’aspect mélodique de la musique de syamisen (Paris, Peeters, 2000); Musics, signs, and intertextuality: collected papers (Tokyo, Academia Music 2005). He also co-edited The Garland encyclopedia of world music 7: East Asia (New York, Routledge, 2002).

Yoshito Takahashi
Other Prof. Dr.Yoshito Takahashi

Professor Doctor, Heian Jogakuin (St. Agnes') University
Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University

Degree of Literature from Keio University Graduate School of Literature was obtained in 1973.

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Literature, Keio University, 1972; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Literature, Kyoto University, 1976; Professor, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, from 1992 to 2008; Director, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Education and Research, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, from 2008 to 2009; and Assistant Professor, Faculty of International Tourism, Heian Jogakuin University, from 2009.Former director of the International Goethe Association and former vice president of the International Association for Cross-cultural Exchange and German Literature.

His main writings include: Morphology and Symbolism (Iwaba Shoten), German Mind (Iwaba Shinsho), Witch and Europe (Iwaba Shoten), Gnosis Hereticalness and Modern (co-author, Iwaba Shoten), Glim Fairy Story World (Iwaba Shinsho), Classical Name for the Teens (co-author, Iwaba Junior Library), and Goethe's Complete Translation of Color Theory (co-translated, Kosakusha).

Yukiko Uchida
Dr.Yukiko Uchida

Professor, Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University

Dr. Uchida is currently a professor of social and cultural psychology at the Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University. Upon receiving her PhD in social psychology from Kyoto University in 2003, she started her academic career as a visiting researcher at the University of Michigan and Stanford University. Since 2008, she has been based at the Kokoro Research Center. As a cultural psychologist, she studies the psychological mechanisms behind the experience of emotions like happiness. Her cross-cultural studies also examine how a participation in meaningful cultural practices fosters these psychological processes. Dr. Uchida is a 2019-20 Berggruen fellow at Stanford University.

Seiji Kumagai
Dr.Seiji Kumagai

Associate Professor, Associate Professor, Kyoto University

Seiji Kumagai studied Buddhist philosophy and received his Ph.D. in 2009 from Kyoto University. In 2011, he became an assistant professor at Hakubi Center for Advanced Research of Kyoto University. Since 2013, he has been Uehiro Associate Professor at Kokoro Research Center of Kyoto University from then until present. Since 2017, he has been a divisional director at Kokoro Research Center. He has been also invited by many universities as a guest professor/researcher such as Numata Professor (at University of Vienna in 2018).

His field of research is Buddhist Madhyamaka philosophy in India, Tibet and Bhutan, and also that of Bon religion. He has also studied history of Tibetan and Bhutanese Buddhism. He published books such as The Two Truths in Bon (Kathmandu: Vajra Publications, 2011), Bhutanese Buddhism and Its Culture (Kathmandu: Vajra Publications, 2014), and Buddhism, Culture and Society in Bhutan (Kathmandu: Vajra Publications, 2018), and also many academic articles on the philosophy of Indo-Himalayan Buddhism and Bon religion.