The KAITEKI Institute, Inc. is a global research institute focused on meeting 21st century challenges in energy, the environment, and healthcare.
"Kaiteki," which traditionally means "comfort" or "ease" in Japanese, was chosen for the Institute's name to represent the global quality of life that will be made possible through sustainable technologies and through breakthrough scientific advances in human healthcare.
The Institute will not only fund the highest quality of scientific and engineering research around the world—it will also identify and articulate future societal trends, needs, and challenges, which will be used to set subsequent research targets.
The KAITEKI Institute will propose solutions based on promising research results as new technology platforms within the research arms or businesses of Mitsubishi Chemical Group.
The Institute will help make society healthier, more comfortable, and more affluent by supporting long-term R&D and business strategy for Mitsubishi Chemical Group, while taking advantage of a global scientific and information network.
Dr. Hiroshi Komiyama is the Chairman of Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. In 2010 he established Platinum Society Network of which he serves as the President. The network encourages innovations designed to substantiate Platinum Society, seeking both life and societies of quality for the purpose of ensuring a sustainable and desirable future.
Dr. Komiyama is the author of numerous books which include “New Vision 2050” (Springer, 2018), “The Revitalization for Japan” (Toyo Keizai Inc., 2011), and “Japan as a Forerunner for Addressing Emerging Problems in the World” (Chuokoron-Shinsha, Inc., 2007). He received multiple awards internationally including Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 2020, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award in 2017, Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana in 2007, and nationally the Special Zaikai Award in 2016, the 9th National Maritime Awards from the Prime Minister in 2016, and the Award for “INFO-Communications Promotion Month” from the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications in 2014.
Born 1944 in Tochigi, Dr. Komiyama received B.E. in 1967 and PhD in 1972 in Chemical (System) Engineering from The University of Tokyo of which he was a Professor of Faculty of Engineering from 1988, a Dean of both Faculty of Engineering and Graduate School of Engineering from 2000, a Vice Chancellor from 2003, and the 28th Chancellor from April 2005 until he retired in 2009.
Dr. Norio Ozaki, MD, PhD, is a Designated Professor, leading Pathophysiology of Mental Disorders Project, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine. His extensive research area covers genomic medicine, epidemiology, occupational mental health, chronobiology, clinical psychopharmacology, neuroscience, and liaison psychiatry.
He is board certified in multiple fields. His current and past memberships include World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (an executive member between 2005-2009), Pacific Rim Association for Clinical Pharmacogenetics (an executive member), Japanese Society of Psychiatry & Neurology (a trustee), Japanese Society of Biological Psychiatry (the President), Japanese Society of Mood Disorders (a former President), Japanese Society of Neuropsychopharmacology (a trustee), and Japanese Society of Clinical Neuropsychopharmacology (a trustee). He also serves as an Executive Board Member of Science Council of Japan for the 25th term.
He is in a number of editorial boards which include World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, Japanese Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and Japanese Journal of Psychiatry.
Born 1957 in Kyoto, Dr. Ozaki graduated from Nagoya University School of Medicine in 1982. He was a Resident at Chukyo Hospital and a Psychiatrist at Department of Psychiatry, Nagoya University Hospital, and Department of Psychiatry, Chubu Rosai Hospital. On Rotary Foundation Scholarship, he was a Visiting Fellow at National Institute of Mental Health, US, from 1990 until 1995. He taught at Department of Psychiatry, Fujita Health University, as a Lecturer from 1995 and as a Professor from 1998. Dr. Ozaki was a Professor and the Chair of both Department of Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine from 2003. He also chaired and led Medical Genomic Center, and Brain & Mind Research Center, Nagoya University.
Dr. Tatsuhiko Kodama, MD, PhD, has been leading Cancer and Metabolism Project at Laboratories for System Biology and Medicine, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, since 2018. He engages in researches to develop diagnostics and treatment for human health.
Born 1953 in Tokyo, Dr. Kodama received MD in 1977 and PhD in 1984 from Graduate School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo. He was a Resident and a Clinical Fellow of Internal Medicine at The University of Tokyo Hospital from 1977, a Research Fellow of Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1985, and an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, The University of Tokyo from 1989.
As a Professor, he taught Molecular Biology and Medicine and also System Biology and Medicine at Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo from 1996 until 2017. He also held the position of Director at Isotope Science Center, The University of Tokyo, from 2011 until 2017.
Dr. Jan Oosterveld is a Professor at IESE Business School and University of Navarra.
Until recently, he served as a board member in listed companies in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands. He also held a position of Chancellor of the International Academy of Management and a member of the Board of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
He joined Royal Philips Electronics NV in 1972, held a variety of management positions in Spain, Austria, and the Netherlands, and led the industrial and R&D activities of the video recorder business group as the management director. In 1989 he founded the Philips Key Modules, the birthplace of CDROM, CDR/RW and DVD, and under his leadership sales of the division grew from $1M to $1B in 7 years. He joined the senior management team of Philips in 1997, reporting to the CEO, and was responsible for strategy, alliances, ventures, and restructuring of the corporation and the two joint ventures with LG Electronics Inc. He also served as the CEO of Royal Philips Asia Pacific BV, and held office in Hong Kong.
Dr. Oosterveld received a master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Eindhoven Technical University, the Netherlands, in 1969, and in business administration from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, in 1972, and an honorary PhD from the State University of Management of Moscow.
Dr. Michitaka Hirose has been leading Service VR Project at Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, since 2020.
Dr. Hirose’s expertise is in system engineering, Human Interface, and virtual reality. He has been a trailblazer in researches in VR in Japan and headed such national scale research projects as “Digital Museum”, “Digital Public Art”, and “Virtual Stadium.”
He received a number of awards including “Yomiuri Techno Forum Gold Medal” and “The Okawa Publication Prize.” He also authored numerous books which include “Virtual Reality” (Sangyo Tosho, Co., Ltd., 1993) and “Between Human and Machine” (Iwanami Shoten, Publishers., 2007).
Born 1954 in Kanagawa, Dr. Hirose received B.E. in 1977 and PhD in 1982 in engineering form Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. He taught at Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, as a Lecturer, an Assistant Professor, and a Professor. He also chaired, notably, The University of Tokyo Virtual Reality Educational Research Center and The Virtual Reality Society of Japan from 2018.
Dr. Hiroyuki Morikawa is a Professor of Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. His extensive research area covers Internet of Things, Machine-to-Machine, big data, wireless sensor networks, wireless communication systems, and designing the digital society.
He received numerous awards including the IEICE Best Paper Award (thrice), the IPSJ Outstanding Paper Award, the NTT DoCoMo Mobile Science Award, a commendation form Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Rinzaburo Shida Award, and the Okawa Publications Prize. Dr. Morikawa vice-chairs the OECD committee on Digital Economy Policy, and chairs, notably, Beyond 5G Promotion Consortium, New Generation M2M Consortium, 5G-driven Social Design Consortium, Smart Resilience Network, Digital Society Design Council, and Information and Communication Council Working Group of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. He authored books which include “Data-Driven Economy” (Diamond, Inc., 2019) and “5G – Potency of the 5th Generation Mobile Communication System” (Iwanami Shoten, Publishers., 2020)
Born 1965 in Chiba, Dr. Morikawa received B.E. in 1987 and PhD in 1992 in Electronic Engineering from The University of Tokyo. He led the NICT Mobile Networking Group from 2002 until 2007.
Dr. David Dean is a Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he worked for almost 30 years as a Senior Partner serving major high-tech and telecommunications companies around the world on strategy questions and other top management issues. For several years, he was the global leader of BCG's Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice.
He currently serves as a Non-Executive Board Member at Axiata Group Berhad in Kuala Lumpur, XL Axiata TbK. in Jakarta and Ncell Axiata Ltd. in Kathmandu as well as being Non-Executive Chairman of SÜSS MicroTec SE in Garching/Munich.
Dr. Dean has also contributed to several initiatives at the World Economic Forum, and served as a member of its Global Agenda Council on The Future of Digital Communications. Before joining BCG, Dr. Dean held research assistantships at the University of Giessen and the State University of New York. Dr. David Dean received an undergraduate degree (first class) in Physics in 1979 and a D.Phil. in Nuclear Physics from Oxford University in 1982.