Commission Members


» Counselor to the President, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

D.Sc.. Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (February 1972)
Professor, Department of Advanced Materials, School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo (April 2000)
Vice President, Japan Science and Technology Corporation (May 2001)
President, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) (October 2007)
Counselor to the President, JST (October 2011)

Tetsuya ENDO

» Senior Adjunct Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA)

» Former Chairman of the Board of Governors, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Tetsuya Endo is currently Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, which he joined in 2007. After graduating from the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law, he entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1958. Thereafter, he studied at DePauw University and Princeton University (1958-1960) and served in various prominent diplomatic positions, including Director of the South-West Asia Division, Director of the Korea Division, Counselor of the Japanese Embassy in the U.K., Research Associate of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), Consul-General of Japan in Honolulu, Director-General for Scientific and Technological Affairs, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna, Ambassador in charge of Japan-North Korea Normalization Talks, Ambassador in charge of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Ambassador in charge of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), Ambassador to New Zealand, Vice Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission(1998-2003), and Special Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Keiichi TADAKI

» Former Prosecutor-General

LL.B., The University of Tokyo (March 1967)
Public Prosecutor of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office (April 1969)
Director of the Judicial System Division, Judicial System and Research Department, Justice Minister’s Secretariat (March 1987)
Director of the Criminal Affairs Division, Criminal Affairs Bureau (April 1991)
Director of the General Affairs Division, Criminal Affairs Bureau (April 1992)
Director of the Secretarial Division, Justice Minister’s Secretariat (April 1993)
Chief Prosecutor of the Oita District Public Prosecutors Office (April 1996)
Public Prosecutor of the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office (July 1997)
Deputy Vice-Minister of Justice (Dec 1997)
Vice-Minister of Justice (Jan 2002)
Superintending Prosecutor of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office (June 2004)
Prosecutor-General (June 2006)
Retired due to mandatory retirement age; admitted to private practice and member of the Daiichi-Tokyo Bar Association (June 2008)
Official Positions
Member of Blue Ribbon Panel for the Realization of a Secure and Safe Society (April 2009)
Major Publications
September 2009, Dialogue Monthly Jihyo
“Yujiro Yamamoto’s Kasumigaseki Report – Lay Judge System : Aiming to Involve Citizens in Court Judgments”
1 September 2009, Interview NBL No.912
“The First Judgment of the Lay Judge System and Future Issues”

May 2009, Chuokoron-Shinsha, Inc.
The Era of Legal Reform : Prosecutor-General talks about 40 years of criminal investigation

Ikujiro NONAKA

» Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University

Ikujiro Nonaka is Professor Emeritus of the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University; Xerox Distinguished Faculty Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley; and First Distinguished Drucker Scholar in Residence of the Drucker School and Institute at Claremont Graduate University. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Waseda University and his M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Previously, Professor Nonaka served as Professor (1982-1995) and Director (1995-1998) at the Institute of Business Research, Hitotsubashi University. He also served as the Dean of the School of Knowledge Science from1997 at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(JAIST). His academic career also includes professorships at both the Faculty of Management, Nanzan University (1977-1979), and the Faculty of Social Science, National Defense Academy (1979-1982).
Professor Nonaka’s main research interest is to build a new theory of organizational knowledge creation. To this end, he has been conducting comparative research on knowledge creating processes in companies around the world. He has published numerous books and contributed many articles to management journals and newspapers both in Japanese and in English. Selected publications include Managing Flow: A Process Theory of the Knowledge-based Firm, (with co-authors), and The Knowledge-Creating Company (with H. Takeuchi).

Professor Nonaka was conferred a Purple Ribbon Medal (2002) as well as a Zuihōshō, or The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon (2010) for his outstanding achievements, long service and overall contribution in education. In May 2008, he was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of the 20 most influential business thinkers in the world.

Mariko FUJII

» Professor of Economics and Finance, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo

Mariko Fujii has been Professor of Economics and Finance at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo, since 2001, where she specializes in asset pricing, empirical research on financial markets and financial regulation. She joined the Ministry of Finance in 1977 where, among her various roles, she served as Director of the Office of Investment Management, Securities Bureau (1996-97), and Director of the International Research Division, Customs and Tariff Bureau (1997-99). She is co-author of Financial Economics: Theory of Portfolio Selection and Asset Pricing (2000) and Modern Finance Theory (2005), both books published in Japanese. Current research topics include empirical analysis on the global financial crisis, part of the work for which was published as Financial Innovation and Market Crisis (in Japanese, Kinyu Kakushin to Shijo Kiki) by Nikkei Publishing in 2009. Related articles are ”Structure of the Financial System and the Contagion Effect: A Network Approach” (Public Policy Review, Vol. 7, No.1, 2011, co-authored with M. Takaoka) and ”Securitized products, financial regulation and systemic risk” in Implications of the Global Financial Crisis for Financial Reform and Regulation in Asia, edited by Kawai, Mayes and Morgan, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited (forthcoming).


» Director-General, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)

Dr. Kenji Yamaji has been Director-General of the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) since April 1, 2010. Simultaneously, he is a Member of the Science Council of Japan, President of the Japan Society of Energy and Resources, and Vice-President of the Japan Institute of Energy. Dr. Yamaji’s immediate past position was as Professor of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems with the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. He obtained his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1972, 1974, and 1977, respectively.
During the earlier part of his career, Dr. Yamaji was extensively involved in the analysis of energy technology assessment, mainly at the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) in Japan. He has published more than 60 books on energy systems as well as many research papers, and is also serving on various advisory bodies on energy and environmental policy for the Japanese government. Dr. Yamaji contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a lead author for the 3rd and 4th Assessment Reports.

Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, one of the original seven members of the Committee, voluntarily resigned on December 2nd upon his appointment as the chairman of another investigation effort on the Fukushima Nuclear Accident being undertaken by the Japanese National Diet. This arrangement was made in order to maintain the independence of our Commission.