About

- Leadership(as of October 1, 2023)

Hisao Taki

Hisao Taki

Trustee
Founder and Chairman, Gurunavi, Inc.

Profile

1963: Graduated from Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology

■ Key posts
Chairman and Founder, Gurunavi, Inc.
Chairman and Founder, NKB Inc.
Director General, Japan Traffic Culture Association
Honorary Chairperson and Founder, Japan Pair Go Association
Chairman and Representative Director, Homo Contribuens Research and Development Institute
First Councilor of The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Honorary Committee Member, The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan
Club Franco-Japonais member
Director, Japan Future Leaders School
Chairperson, All Japan Student Go Federation

■ University Related Posts
2021: Honorary Doctorate, Ochanomizu University
2018: Honorary Doctor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
2015: Special Advisor to the President of Ochanomizu University (Until 2021)
2015: Honorary Advisor, Tokyo Tech Alumni Association
2014: President, Tokyo Tech Alumni Association (Until 2015)
2010: Invited Lecturer, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University (Until 2011)
2010: Administrative Council Member, Tokyo University of the Arts
2008: Research Advisor (Brain science research) Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo (Until 2010)
2005: Guest Professor, Graduate School of Innovation Management, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Until 2015)
2004: Management Committee Member, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Until 2012)

■ Government Agency Related and Other Posts
2020: Member (Acting Chairperson) of the Planning and Research Council, Cultural Property Committee, Council for Cultural Affairs, Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (Until 2020)
2018: Research and development advisor for deep learning technology for the sophistication of multi-language speech translation in the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) (Until 2020)
2018: Member of the Study Group for Grand Design for Enjoying Cities
2018: Advisory Board Vice Chairperson, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)
2016: Member of the Expert Panel for Promotion of Tourism in Tokyo
2014: Interim member of the 2020-ICT Knowledge Infrastructure Policy Special Committee, Information and Communications Council, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (Until 2014)
2014: Policy Commentator, Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, Cabinet Office
2013: Member of the Council for Regulatory Reform, Cabinet Office (Until 2016)
2013: Member of the Personal Data Study Group, Cabinet Office (Until 2014)
2009: YŌKOSO! JAPAN Ambassador (Current VISIT! JAPAN Ambassador) of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
2007: Member of the Information and Communications Council, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (Until 2009)
2006: Member of the ICT International Competitiveness Panel, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (Until 2007)
2006: Member of the Panel for Regional Revitalization and Ubiquitous Network Society, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (Until 2007)

■ Awards and Citations
2020: 2020 Cultural Merit Award
2019: 2018 Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award
2018: Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon
2018: The 53rd Yoshida Hideo Memorial Award
2018: Tokyo Tech Alumni Association Kuramae Special Awards
2016: 45th Okura-Kishichiro Prize
2015: Third Technology Management and Innovation Awards Chairman’s Prize
2010: Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Commendation
2010: 10th Porter Prize
2009: The Harvard Business School Club of Japan Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2009
2009: Management Award by Zaikai Magazine
2008: Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Merit Award for JAAA
2007: Tokyo Tech Alumni Association First Kuramae Venture Awards
2003: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Award Distinguished Services
1999: Transport Culture Award (presented by Minister of Transport)

Publications

■Books and Edited Collection
Tokyo no tayosei (Diversity of Tokyo). Tokyo: Nikkei Business Publications, Inc., 2020
Paburikku ato ni tsuite katariau (Discussion on public art). Tokyo: Chuo-Koron Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, 2014
Yaranakereba naranai koto wa yaritai koto ni shiyo! (Let’s turn something you must do into something you like to do!). Japan: PHP Institute, Inc., 2010
Koken suru kimochi (奉献心―人之本能). China: Central Editing & Translation Publishing Company, 2009
Koken suru kimochi (Homo Contribuens: The Need to Give and the Search for Fulfilment). England: Renaissance Books, 2008
Gurunavi No.1 saito he no michi (Gurunavi’s road to No. 1 website). Tokyo: Nikkei Inc., 2006
Koken suru kimochi (Homo Contribuens: The Need to Give and the Search for Fulfilment). Japan: Kinokuniya Company Ltd., 2001
Watashi wa ko kangaeru (This is what I think). Japan: Taki Goroku Kanko Kai , 1993

■Editing/Publications
Kokutesu ujo 115-nen (115-year history of Japan National Railways). Japan: Japan Traffic Culture Association, 1987
Paburikku supesu (Public Space), Tokyo: Japan Traffic Culture Association, 1982 to 1994

■Papers
“Men’eki kei ni kansuru suri moderu kenkyu” (Mathematical modeling study on immune systems) (Co-author), Seisan Kenkyu 62, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, 2010
“Rita-teki kodo to saiki-teki tasha suitei” (Altruistic behavior and recursive estimation of others’ internal state) (Co-author) Seisan Kenkyu 62, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, 2010

■Contributions, etc.
“Kokoro no tamatebako” (Treasures of the heart), Nihon Keizai Shimbun, serial in five installments, 2017
“Chokugen kyokugen” (Without reservations), Nikkei Business, serial in 12 installments, 2012 to 2013
“Ningen hakken” (Discovering people), Nihon Keizai Shimbun, serial in five installments, 2013
“Asu he no wadai” (Topics for tomorrow), Nihon Keizai Shimbun, serial in 23 installments, 2011

International House of Japan

Asia Pacific Initiative