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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. Following the selection of RIKEN as one of three Designated National Research and Development Institutes in 2016, the institute's management has adopted an initiative to maximize research outcomes, based on five pillars: pioneer a research management model for maximizing research and development results, lead the world in achieving new research and development results through scientific excellence, become a hub for science and technology innovation, serve as a focal point for global brain circulation, and foster the development of world-class leaders in scientific research. For details on RIKEN's organizational structure, please see this page with detailed PDFs.

Charting a Vision for Research

In today’s world, where advances in science and technology are so rapid, scientists are required to draw and put into reality a vision of the future. RIKEN has established an Innovation Design Office, where officers designated as innovation designers formulate a vision of a future society and scenarios to realize it.

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.

Executive Directors

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President Hiroshi Matsumoto

Appointed

April 1, 2015

Previous appointments

2008 President, Kyoto University
1987 Professor, Radio Atmospheric Science Center, Kyoto University
1981 Associate Professor, Radio Atmospheric Science Center, Kyoto University
1967 Assistant Professor, Kyoto University
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Executive Director Shigeo Koyasu

Appointed

April 1, 2015

Previous appointments

2014 Director, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Science (IMS)
2013 Acting Director, RIKEN IMS
1995 Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Keio University School of Medicine
1990 Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
1988 Instructor in Pathology, Harvard Medical School
1981 Research Fellow, Department of Cell Biology, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science
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Executive Director Motoko Kotani

Appointed

April 1, 2017

Previous appointments

2016 Executive Members of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation
2012 Director, Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Mathematical Institute, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University
2004 Professor, Mathematical Institute, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University
1999 Associate Professor, Mathematical Institute, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University
1993 Visiting Researcher, Max-Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn
1990 Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Toho University
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Executive Director Shigeharu Kato

appointed

April 1, 2018

Previous appointments

2017 Director-General, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy, MEXT (until December 2017)
2015 Executive Director, RIKEN
2014 Special Advisor to the President, RIKEN
2012 Director-General for International Affairs, MEXT
2005 Director for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office (CAO)
1998 Director, Research Division, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, STA
1980 Entered Science and Technology Agency (STA)
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Executive Director Hidetoshi Kotera

Appointed

April 1, 2018

Previous appointments

2012 Executive Vice President, Kyoto University (until 2014)
2009 Vice President, Kyoto University(until 2012)
2008 Director, the President's Office (until 2012)
2005 Professor, Department of Micro-Engineering, School of Engineering, Kyoto University
2000 Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Kyoto University
1993 Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Kyoto University
1982 Entered Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd
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Executive Director Michihiko Minoh

Appointed

April 1, 2018

Previous appointments

2010 Deputy Executive Director, Kyoto University (until 2016)
Chief Information Officer, Kyoto University (until 2016)
Director-general at Institute for Information Management and Communication, Kyoto University (until 2016)
2006 Director, Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto University (until 2010)
2002 Professor, Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto University
1995 Professor, School of Engineering, Kyoto University
1989 Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Kyoto University
1983 Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Kyoto University
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Auditor Yasuhiro Matsuo

Appointed

October 1, 2015

Previous appointments

2013 Advisor, Komatsu Ltd.
2011 Executive Officer, President, Quality Assurance Division, Komatsu. Ltd.
2008 President, Quality Assurance Division, Komatsu. Ltd.
2005 General Manager, Quality Assurance Division, Komatsu. Ltd.
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Auditor Yasuhiko Ishii

Appointed

September 1, 2018

Previous appointments

2017 Director, Center for Research and Development Strategy, Japan Science and Technology (JST)
2015 Director for Scientific Affairs II, Secretariat of the Science Council of Japan
2014 Director, Division of Licensing for Research Reactors, Use of Nuclear Material and Specified Nuclear Facilities, The Secretariat of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, Nuclear Regulation Authority
2012 Deputy Director, Strategic Planning and Management Department, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
2009 Director, Life Sciences Division, Research Promotion Bureau, MEXT
2006 Director, Nuclear Fuel Cycle Regulation Division, Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency
1987 Entered Science and Technology Agency (STA)

Governance

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.

Advisory Councils

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RIKEN Advisory Council in 2016

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.

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.

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