I am a professor, a dedicated creator and a catalyst in creating major and lasting institutions with a wide range of knowledge and experience in computer science, cognitive psychology, and education.
The trigger to dive into this interdisciplinary field was in 1982 when, as a third year CS undergraduate, I implemented the educational programming language "Logo" for Japanese PCs, which became the first Logo running in Japanese.
Since then I focused on promoting learning, communication, and networking in science, technology, and art, I have played a significant role in the establishment of a new public university in Hakodate, Hokkaido and a new national science museum in Tokyo. After the establishment, I was appointed as a professor at the university and deputy director at the museum.
I have been leading a team for several research projects as PI with national grant-in-aid for scientific research over ten years, and published specialized books for researchers, textbooks for college students and general books for elementary school to high school students.
I was an executive board member of Japan’s public broadcasting corporation for three years after being appointed by the Prime Minister of Japan. I have served as a member of several boards of national government policy making in education, and science and technology, and managed several academic societies as a director of associated governing boards.
I am also a founder of a local science festival in Hakodate, held annually since 2009. I was awarded the grand prize in the Japan Toy Award 2018 Educational Toy Division developed in collaboration with a major Japanese company.