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Associate Professor
Contact Information
Research Interest
   History of National Innovation System: the central theme that I am tackling is how an industrial and innovation policy affects the enterprise system both positively and negatively. I would like to trace this process by looking at dynamic interactive process among politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen, financiers, international competitors and so on. Each participant in daily activities has his/her own intention and creates action influenced by that intention. The reality, however, does not appear simply as the result of such intentions. Each action and interaction composes various unintended consequences. My major goal is to describe Japanese innovation system as a complicated and dynamic process in a relatively longer perspective.
Ph.D., Hitotsubashi University, 1999
M.A. (Business and Commerce), Graduate School of Commerce, Hitotsubashi University, 1996
B.A. (Sociology), Faculty of Social Studies, Hitotsubashi University, 1994
Positions held
Associate Professor, Faculty of Commerce and Management, Hitotsubashi University, April 2004 - Present
Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, Aichi Gakuin University, April 2002 - March 2004
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management, Aichi Gakuin University, April 1999 - March 2002
Visiting Scholar at Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University, April 2003 - March 2004
Visiting Lecturer, Nagoya City University, Faculty of Economics, April 2001 - July 2001

Major Publications
  • Organizational Deadweight: Organizational deterioration among Japanese firms, with Tsuyoshi Numagami, Masaru Karube, Toshihiko Kato and Kazuhiro Tanaka, published by Nihon Keizai Shinbun-sha, 2007.
  • "Collaboration among Firms, Universities and Government for the PV Market" in Isao Naito (ed.) Management of Value Creation, published by Chuo Keizai-sha, 2003.
  • "The Niche created by Concentration of Resources: Action System Theory toward Fine Ceramics Industry ", Journal of Japanese Academy of Organizational Science, Vol.34 No.4 pp.53-66, 2001.
Current research projects
    (1) History of Industrial Policy: I wrote some case studies of industrial and innovation policy up to the present. Various industrial policies that I mentioned were made mainly for heavy and chemical industries. (e.g. aircraft industry, computer industry)

   (2) History of Innovation Policy: I am studying the effect of joint R&D projects on industrial development of the hi-tech industry after the oil crisis in terms of collaboration among firms, universities and government. (e.g. photovoltaic systems, advanced ceramics, biomedicine and functional chemicals)

   I want to consider various examples from the viewpoints of each industry's individual characteristics, corporate strategy, and the effect of combination and timing of policies in order to clarify the essence of Japanese innovation system.