After completing his Master’s degree in public policy at the Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo, he joined Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. He was selected the Executive Secretary to Dr. Masaki OGUSHI Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. In 2015, he was elected as one of six in the politics and policy field as Propicker at NewPicks, Inc., which is a well-known Japanese social economic media company that specializes in economic information. He established Japan Association of Public Meets Innovation in 2018. In 2020, after getting MPA in Economic Policy Management at School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, he was elected as Pro Publingal at Publingual, Inc., which is Japanese social policy media.
He has been working with Hitachi since April 1997. He has been engaged in research and development in the areas such as critical infrastructure protection, service design for infrastructures and utilities including transportations, energy, and financial sectors, and smart cities. Doctor of Engineering in 2003 (Cryptography).
In 1987, after completing his Master’s degree in physics in the Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo, he joined Hitachi. He worked on research and development in the field of semiconductor devices at the Central Research Laboratory. In 2004, he was appointed to the position of Department Manager of the ULSI Research Department. In 2005, he became Laboratory Manager of the Nano-System Laboratory in the Advanced Research Laboratory, and in 2011, he became General Manager of the Magnetic Materials Research Laboratory at Hitachi Metals, Ltd. Since 2013, he has been Senior Chief Researcher of the Research and Development Group and was appointed to his present position in 2016.
Toshiya Watanabe completed his doctoral program in inorganic material at the engineering college of Tokyo Institute of Technology. He joined TOTO LTD in 1984. After working as assistant director at TOTO’s Photo Frontier Business Promotion Center, he received an appointment as teaching fellow at University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology in 1998. Later, he received an appointment as professor in 2001. Currently, he is a Professor of the Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI) and Technology Management for Innovation (TMI). He is also general manager of the Division of University Corporate Relations, head of the Office of Export Control, teaching fellow at MIP of Professional Graduate School of Tokyo University of Science and a chairman of the Intellectual Property Association of Japan. He held the position as member of the Industrial Structure Council of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He is chairman of planning committee of Cabinet Council Intellectual Property Headquarter. He received the Nikkei Biz Tech Award in 2002 and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize in 2004 for his contribution in forming the alliance of industry-government-academia. He has published many books including “TLO and License Associates” (KPC) and “Introduction to Patent and Technical Transfer for People with Science and Technology Background” (Iwanami Shoten), “Intellectual Asset-Based Management General Overview Series” (Hakuto Shobo)”, IP management by Innovator” (Hakuto Shobo) and has authored more than 100 academic papers.