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Apr. 18, 2024

[Obituary] Announcement of the Passing of Dr. Masaru Taniguchi

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Dr. Masaru Taniguchi, RIKEN Honorary Scientist, passed away due to illness on April 8, 2024, at the age of 83.

He served as the founding Director of the RIKEN Center for Allergy and Immunology (RCAI) for 12 years after his appointment in 2001. With his foresight and leadership, he has not only devoted himself to the development of RCAI, but has also made outstanding contributions to the development of research activities at RIKEN as a whole.

We would like to express our deepest condolences and offer our sincere prayers for his great achievements as well as his pioneering research results in the field of immunology.

April 16, 2024
Makoto Gonokami


Name:Masaru Taniguchi
Date of birth:December 2, 1940
Research field:NKT cell, immunology


1980〜2004 Professor, Chiba University School of Medicine
1996〜2000 Dean, Chiba University School of Medicine
1997〜1998 President, Japanese Society for Immunology
2001~2012 Director, RIKEN Center for Allergy and Immunology
2013~2017 Senior Advisor, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences
2024~ Honorary Scientist, RIKEN

Major awards and prizes:

1977 Erwin von Bälz prize
1993 Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Prize
2004 Uehara Prize
2004 Medal with Purple Ribbon
2016 The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon