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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. 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.

1. Mission

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.

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.

3. Orientation

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Makoto Gonokami

Appointed

April 1, 2022

Previous appointments

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
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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 Kohei Miyazono

Appointed

April 1, 2022

Previous appointments

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
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Executive Director Satoru Kagaya

Appointed

April 1, 2022

Previous appointments

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
1983 Joined RIKEN
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Executive Director Makiko Naka

Appointed

April 1, 2022

Previous appointments

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
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Executive Director Hiromichi Matsuo

Appointed

April 1, 2022

Previous appointments

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)
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Auditor Hiroko Suzuki

Appointed

September 1, 2022

Previous appointments

2021 Auditor, National University Hospital Council of Japan
2020 Auditor, SENZOKU-GAKUEN
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)
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Auditor Sonoko Watanabe

Appointed

September 1, 2022

Previous appointments

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)

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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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.

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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