Management and Governance
RIKEN's management provides the leadership, direction and oversight necessary to maximize the potential of a fast-moving organization with thousands of scientists working in a wide array of research fields. For details on RIKEN's organizational structure, please see this page with detailed PDFs.
RIKEN’s Vision on the 2030 Horizon
RIKEN, Japan's premier scientific research institute, seeks to be a place where scientists conduct the research that they themselves wish to pursue, research that coincides with the creation of knowledge needed to secure humanity's future, a place where science and society converge and deepen mutual trust. For over a century, RIKEN researchers have faithfully handed down this tradition and made this "RIKEN Spirit" a reality embodying the vision described below.
To bring science to the Japanese people and to humanity as a whole, to create their tomorrows through honest dialogue with the people whose values they embody as a national research and development agency.
Creating Knowledge, the fruit of RIKEN’s efforts to promote global affluence and civilization’s continuing development.
Ensuring constructive interactions between the fields that researchers themselves wish to investigate in depth, and fields where advancement of learning is critical to our future.
Deepening mutual trust between Science and Society so that both broaden their horizons.
Contributing to Society through the innovative fusion of cybernetics and the physical sciences.
Promoting research compatible with an increasingly inclusive and sustainable global society.
2. Organization and action
To bring together broad areas of global cutting-edge science and technology engaging the world's most prominent researchers and engineers, without fear of remaking the organizations where they work, identifying the tasks that only RIKEN can tackle, putting into practice the investigations that only RIKEN can undertake.
Maximizing the effective use of the most advanced basic science and technology platforms and research resources through organic links among them.
Clearly identifying the fields of advanced research that only RIKEN can, and must, undertake.
Establishing multidisciplinary collaborations, as only RIKEN can, to accelerate advances in and surmount barriers across existing fields of scientific endeavor.
Facilitating understanding, at the highest level of knowledge, by uniting, at their roots, the humanities and social sciences to the natural sciences.
To assemble and orchestrate RIKEN's strengths, achievements, and tradition in order to bring science to new heights and pioneer new realms of research in response to rapidly evolving real problems.
Creating a new science, one that brings together, into one unified whole, quantum physics, artificial intelligence, supercomputers, telecommunications, networking, next-generation semiconductors, and theoretical studies.
Promoting through the life sciences advancements in our understanding of Life and Human Life from the molecular level to the individual, community, and societal levels.
Establishing environmental resource science, a branch that will usher in a society where resources and energy that until now were consumed and lost will henceforth be used sustainably through recycling and reuse.
Spurring the basic sciences to investigate yet unexplored fields where matter, light, and life still conceal their deepest secrets.
Merging scholarship and data in disparate fields into the computational and information sciences to initiate a problem-solving “digital transformation” that enables informatics research to build bridges between the real and the cyber world.
4. Recruiting of research talent: Brains Without Borders
To enable the best research minds - from Japan of course, together with the best investigative minds everywhere - to convene and associate with each other and train the next generation of eminent researchers and engineers, instilling in them the aptitude and skills necessary to meet tomorrow's challenges, making RIKEN an ever better setting for sharing exciting new ideas.
Planning research career paths that offer both stability and mobility, through a comprehensive panoramic view of RIKEN’s place in Japan’s research system in its entirety.
Building organizational structures that maximally stimulate and sustain junior and senior researchers’ strengths.
Generating new research support knowhow to link advanced studies to people’s lives today.
Assembling from every corner of the globe the most ambitious world-class investigative talent to create an open research environment at a global standard of inclusivity, diversity, and sustainability.
5. Industry-society tie-ups
To forge ties between our society and industry through study of the ever-growing range of modern science and technology, from basic research to applications, to determine which direction it should turn next for the better society still under construction.
Contributing to the creation of new industries for a knowledge-intensive society.
Structuring Science and Technology to support the improvement of systems to found a recycling-oriented society both sustaining and developing the global commons.
Restructuring and activating new future-orienting arrangements between Industry and Academia to promote bench-to-business implementations and technology transfers.
Cultivating exchanges of views with the full range of stakeholders in society.
6. Governance and management
To become more responsive to the needs and aspirations of society and the world by making organizational responses more reliable and adaptable to programs linking desirable research trends to systematic management support promoting such research.
Reinforcing ties with and among all of RIKEN’s research arms, from its headquarters and offices to RIKEN Innovation, RIKEN Suuri, and other affiliated corporations to orient operations in directions sought by researchers.
Reforming management unflinchingly to maximize researchers’ scientific output while at the same time encouraging greater solidarity in the indispensable collaboration of researchers and administrators.
Increasing efficiency, stability, and planning, taking advantage of RIKEN’s scale merits as one of the world’s greatest scientific research establishments.
Mobilizing management resources more flexibly, appropriately, and effectively to achieve yet higher overall outputs.
Organizing and expanding programs to focus research on cutting-edge technologies of the most far-reaching importance nationally and socially and so equip Japan and the world with tomorrow’s scientific and technological engines for social change.
Responding thoughtfully to outside views and suggestions regarding our globally oriented research and its administration to ensure that RIKEN is correctly understood and appreciated by the world community.
Board of Executive Directors
RIKEN's highest policy-making body is the Board of Executive Directors, composed of the president and executive directors. RIKEN also has two auditors which oversee the activities of RIKEN as a whole.
President Makoto Gonokami
April 1, 2022
|2015||President, The University of Tokyo|
|2012||Executive Director and Vice President, The University of Tokyo|
|2005||Special Advisor to the President, The University of Tokyo|
|1998||Professor, the Graduate School of Science and Faculty of Science, The University of Tokyo|
|1990||Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science, The University of Tokyo|
|1983||Research Assistant, The University of Tokyo|
Executive Director Kohei Miyazono
April 1, 2022
|2021||Distinguished University Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo|
|2019||Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo|
|2011||Dean, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo|
|2000||Professor, Department of Molecular Pathology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo|
|1990||Assistant Member, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Biomedical Center, Uppsala University, Sweden|
|1988||Assistant Professor, Third Department of Internal Medicine, The University of Tokyo|
|1981||Joined The University of Tokyo|
Executive Director Minoru Yoshida
April 1, 2023
|2022||Research Strategy Advisor, Deputy Executive Director, RIKEN|
|2020||Deputy Center Director, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS)|
|2017||Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo|
|2015||Advisor to the Executive Directors, RIKEN|
|2013||Director, Chemical Genomics Research Group, RIKEN CSRS|
|2002||Chief Scientist, Chemical Genetics Laboratory, RIKEN|
|1996||Associate professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo|
|1995||Associate professor, Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo|
Executive Director Satoru Kagaya
April 1, 2022
|2018||Deputy Executive Director/Director, Human Resources Division|
|2015||Director, General Affairs Division|
|2010||Director, Public Relations Office|
|2009||Deputy Director, General Affairs Division|
|2005||Manager, Kobe General Affairs Section, Kobe Research Promotion Division, RIKEN Kobe Institute|
|2002||Manager, Research Ethics Section, Safety Management Division|
Executive Director Makiko Naka
April 1, 2022
|2021||Professor, Research Organization of Open innovation and Collaboration, Ritsumeikan University|
|2017||Professor, College of Comprehensive Psychology, Ritsumeikan University
Emeritus Professor, Hokkaido University
|2003||Professor, Hokkaido University|
|1990||Visiting Professor, Duke University|
|1989||Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Chiba University|
|1984||Research Assistant, Ochanomizu University|
Executive Director Hiromichi Matsuo
April 1, 2022
|2019||Deputy Director, RIKEN Center for Computational Science|
|2018||Deputy Director General for Science, Technology and Innovation of the Cabinet Office|
|2014||Director, Policy Division, Research Promotion Bureau, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology|
|2012||Specially Appointed Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology|
|2009||Counselor, Research and Development Bureau, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology|
|1998||Attache for science, the Embassy of Japan in Germany|
|1988||Joined Science and Technology Agency (STA)|
Auditor Hiroko Suzuki
September 1, 2022
|2021||Auditor, National University Hospital Council of Japan|
|2017||Director, SUZUKI HIROKO C.P.A. firm|
|2013||Auditor, Social welfare corporation yumegroup|
|2005||Auditor, Common Achievement Tests Organization|
|2003||Partner, Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC|
|1989||Junior Accountant, Showa Ota & co (Current Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC)|
Auditor Sonoko Watanabe
September 1, 2022
|2021||Assistant Minister for Cybersecurity, IT Management, and Evidenced-based Policymaking of the MEXT|
|2019||Councillor, Cabinet Secretariat. Deputy Director General, National Healthcare Policy Secretariat of the Cabinet Office|
|2018||Deputy Director General, Science and Technology Policy Bureau of the MEXT|
|2017||Executive Director of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)|
|2014||Director, Research and Development Infrastructure Division of the MEXT|
|2011||Director, Research Promotion Division, Yokohama Institute, RIKEN|
|2009||Minister-Counsellor of the Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO|
|1989||Joined Science and Technology Agency (STA)|
Individual research centers at each campus are managed by a director who exercises strong leadership in the strategic management of the center. In making decisions on the direction of research and administration, RIKEN strives to strike a balance between top-down and bottom-up approaches by seeking the advice and cooperation of committees and councils established with the aim of achieving optimal scientific governance.
Interim RIKEN Advisory Council in 2021
RIKEN regularly evaluates its own research themes and the performance of its scientists based on governmental guidelines. In carrying out this important work, RIKEN is guided by the RIKEN Advisory Council (RAC) and the individual centers' Advisory Councils.
The RIKEN Advisory Council is composed of world-famous scientists, both Japanese and international, as well as individuals with experience in managing research institutes. The RAC meeting, held every two or three years, provides recommendations on both general research activities and the overall management of RIKEN, and provides guidance on future research strategies and improvement to management structures.
- Read the reports from previous RAC meetings.
- Read more about RIKEN's governance in its reports.
The individual Advisory Councils for centers are bodies set up in each research center and institute to receive recommendations from eminent Japanese and international scientists in their respective fields of research. The council recommendations form an integral part of the ongoing appraisal of RIKEN's performance as a scientific research organization.