Most of current problems that Japan and the world are facing are attributed to the fact that the traditional human welfare model toward longer lives and larger consumption is approaching its limit due to the finite nature of our planet. One has to reexamine what the civilization ought to be, and to change the way of living toward a more sustainable manner both in Japan and in the world. The IEICE is the society dealing with the core of civilization, namely, "information", and therefore is the existence that could play a main role in considering how to remodel the civilization. By recognizing its ability and responsibility, I would like to propel the following items, intending to contribute to the future: (1) enlargement of youngster support plans, (2) society operation from a member point of view, (3) encouragement of inter-society activities, (4) further globalization, and (5) publicizing a vision toward sustainable civilization.
Biography: PhD in Engineering in 1987 from the Univ. of Tokyo. Research Associate, Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Professor of the Univ. of Tokyo in 1987, 1988, 1992, and 2000, respectively. Director General of the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the Univ. of Tokyo, since 2010. Studying opto-electronic devices, such as semiconductor lasers, monolithic photonic integrated circuits, and high-efficiency photovoltaic cells. Recipient of the IEICE Electronics Society Award in 2006, the Prime Minister Award of Academia-Industry Collaboration in 2007, and others. Chief editor of IEICE Transactions on Electronics in 2007, Chair of the IEICE Technical Group on Lasers and Quantum Electronics in 2008, an elected member of the Board of Governors of IEEE LEOS between 2004 and 2006. Fellow of IEICE and JSAP.