Steering team

Kaori Hayashi

Kaori Hayashi is Professor of Media and Journalism Studies at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, and currently Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo. She is the Director of the B’AI Global Forum. Hayashi also serves as the director of the English medium graduate program “Information, Technology and Asia (ITASIA) of the department since 2017. She has also served as Managing Director of the University of Tokyo Newspaper as well as a member of Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization (an independent self-regulatory organization of the broadcasting industry in Japan) and a board member of the Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien (German Institute for Japanese Studies). She was a Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University, at Goldsmiths, University of London as well as at Freie Universität Berlin as a recipient of the SSRC/Abe Fellowship for the year 2016-17. Her most recent English publications include “The Silent Public in a Liberal State: Challenges for Japan’s Journalism in the Age of the Internet.” In The Crisis of Liberal Internationalism. Japan and the World Order. Edited by Yoichi Funabashi and G. John Ikenberry. Brookings Institution Press, 2020, 325-358. “A journalism of care”, In Rethinking Journalism Again. Societal Role and Public Relevance in a Digital Age. Edited by Chris Peters and Marcel Broersma, Routledge, 2016, 146-160. She has also edited and published a number of books and papers in Japanese, including “足をどかしてくれませんか。メディアは女たちの声を届けているか”(Take Your Feet off Our Necks. Is the Media Delivering Women’s Voice?)in 2019, in which the authors argue the need and importance of gender perspectives and sensitivity in Japan’s public sphere, as well as “メディア不信 何が問われているのか (Media Distrust: What are the real issues?”) in 2017, in which she compares media distrust in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan.

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Yuko Itatsu

Yuko Itatsu is Professor in the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo, and serves as an Associate Director for the B’AI Global Forum. She is interested in inclusivity of social minorities, leisure discourse and its social history, nodes between media technology and society, media representation of gender, race and ethnicity. She is also interested in the application of artificial intelligence in leisure activities. She studied at the University of Southern California as a Fulbright Scholar, and received her Ph.D. in History.

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Yujin Yaguchi

Yujin Yaguchi is Professor at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and currently Vice President of the University of Tokyo. He serves as the Executive Manager of the B’AI Global Forum. His research focuses on cultural studies of the United States, especially on the cultural dynamics of the Pacific. He has also been involved in English language education and international education of the university and is currently exploring the use and social significance of AI for these areas.

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Takane Ito

Takane Ito is Project Professor at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies of the University of Tokyo. Her research field is in linguistics, with a particular focus on the grammar of words: she employs both theoretical and experimental approaches to elucidate the mental and/or neural mechanisms involved in the processing of words. She is also interested in the difference between human and computer processing of language.

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Ai Hisano

Ai Hisano is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. She specializes in the history of the senses, the history of technology, and business history with particular focus on the twentieth-century U.S. history. Her recent publication includes Shikakuka suru Mikaku: Shoku wo Irodoru Shihonshugi [Visualizing Taste: Capitalism and a Color of Food] (Iwanamishoten, 2021). She has previously published Visualizing Taste: How Business Changed the Look of What You Eat (Harvard University Press, 2019), which won the 2020 Hagley Prize in Business History (Business History Conference) and the 2020 Shimizu Hiroshi Book Award (Japanese Association for American Studies). She received a PhD in History from the Hagley Program in the History of Capitalism, Technology, and Culture at the University of Delaware. She served as a Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellow in Business History at Harvard Business School (2016–17) and taught at the Graduate School of Economics at Kyoto University (2017–2021).

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Arisa Ema

Arisa Ema is Associate Professor at the Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo and Visiting Researcher at RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project in Japan. She is a researcher in Science and Technology Studies (STS), and her primary interest is to investigate the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence by organizing an interdisciplinary research group. The University of Tokyo Excellent Young Researcher, 2021.

Osamu Sakura

Dr. Osamu Sakura, is Professor of Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, the University of Tokyo, and PI of RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP), Japan. His main interests are neuroethics and social aspects of AI and robotics. He was also engaged in the relation between experts and local people in the Fukushima disaster area. He taught in Yokohama National University (1993-2000) and worked as visiting scholar on the University of Freiburg (1995-96) before moving to current position. He published some hundred of journal papers and several books.

Shin Mizukoshi

Shin Mizukoshi is Professor of Media Studies Major, Faculty of Sociology at Kansai University in Osaka and Visiting Professor of the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. He has been working on critical and practical media studies to try to defamiliarize and recombine the relationship between media and people with a design-oriented mind. His most recent research interest in on the robot-literacy. Mizukoshi’s recent publications include Media Studies New Edition (Open University Japan, 2022). He is the editor of a bilingual independent little magazine 5: Designing Media Ecology, and a member of Radio 5, a sister medium of the magazine 5.

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Michiko Kawahara

Michiko Kawahara is a journalist, Project Professor at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo, and Visiting Professor at the Musashino University.
She was born in 1961. She studied social psychology at the University of Tokyo. 1983-2020 : She was a staff writer of the Asahi Shimbun. She has interviewed victims of sexual violence and crime. And she has been thinking about how journalism should be. 2000-2011 : She has organized a study session for journalists about “victims and the media” with the bereaved family of the Tokyo sarin gas attack.
Michiko Kawahara wrote books on crime victims and journalism, and on Viktor Frankl.

Noboru Koshizuka

He specializes in computer science. In particular, he has been working on Ubiquitous Computing, IoT, Linked Open Data, Operating Systems, Computer Network, Human Computer Interface, and Block Chain. In recent years, he has been interested in information systems as a social infrastructure. Specifically, he has been working on ubiquitous ID architecture, smart buildings and smart cities, and the advancement of social infrastructure using ICT.

Miles Pennington

Miles Pennington is professor of Design Led Innovation and helps direct a unique international innovation lab at The University of Tokyo – the DLX Design Lab. Previously he was at the Royal College of Art in London and was Head of Programme of the Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) joint Masters programme with Imperial College – he is an alumnus of the IDE programme and graduated in 1992. He was also founder and head of the international exchange programme Global Innovation Design (GID). In the past in parallel to his academic work he was a Director of the London office of the innovation consultancy Takram. He moved to Japan in September 2017 to join The University of Tokyo.

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Akiko Onishi

Professor, Center for Research on Counseling and Support Services, The University of Tokyo

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Tohko Tanaka

Toko TANAKA is Professor at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Science, the University of Tokyo. Doctor of Political Science (Graduate School of Political Science, Waseda University). She is a specialist in media culture theory, gender studies, and cultural studies. Major publications include “Media bunka to jenda no seijigaku – dai san pa feminizumu no shiten kara”, (2012) and “Watashitachi no ‘tatakauhime/hataraku shoujo’”, (2019); writer and editor of “Dekigoto kara manabu karuchuraru sutadizu” (2017), translator of “Hip-hop Japan: Rap And the Paths of Cultural Globalization” (2010) written by Ian Condry, “There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack” (2017) written by Paul Gilroy, etc.

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Misook Lee

Ph.D. (Socio-Information and Communication Studies). Associate Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo. Global Media Studies. She researches how “boundaries” among people are (re)constructed and strengthened, and how “boundaries” with others are crossed and “solidarity” with others is imagined and practiced from the approach of media studies, journalism studies, and historical sociology. She is currently conducting research projects; media discourses and journalism on social minorities, transnational social movements and media practice, and cross-national analysis of journalism cultures. She has worked as an Assistant Professor, Center for Global Liberal Arts Program, Rikkyo University (2018-2021), and a Project Research Associate, Integrated Human Sciences for Cultural Diversity, The University of Tokyo (2014-2017), and a Visiting Fellow at Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University (2012-2013). Her recent publication includes “Couter Public Sphere and Media Practices across Borders: Artist Tomiyama Taeko’s New Grassroots Art Movement” in Social Movement History activated by the Media (2021, in Japanese), “#MeToo and Broadcast Journalism in South Korea: The Gatekeeping Process of #MeToo” in Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture (2019), and The Age of the Japan-Korea Solidarity Movement: Transnational Public Sphere and Media in the 1970s and 80s (University of Tokyo Press, 2018, in Japanese).

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Hiromi Yokoyama

Professor, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, Institute for Advanced Study, UTokyo. Her specializes in the Science and technology Studies. She has proposed a “group voice” for scientific advice, a “budgetary community” in addition to a journal community for the boundary hypothesis that separates science from the rest, and the influence of “social climate” on STEM gender issues. She will attempt to quantify the Ethics of AI and Diversity (ELSI) at B’AI.

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Naohiro Takanashi

Naohiro Takanashi is a project associate professor at the Executive Management Program, the University of Tokyo. He obtained a PhD in Astronomy from the Graduate School of Science at the University of Tokyo. He is interested in how to design the relationship between astronomy and society, and is engaged in both practical and theoretical research activities.

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Tilman Hartwig

Tilman Hartwig is an assistant professor for astrophysics and artificial intelligence at the Institute for Physics of Intelligence. He studied physics in Heidelberg and obtained his PhD at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris. He joined the University of Tokyo in 2017. His research interests include the formation of the first structures in the Universe and the synergistic interaction of astrophysics and machine learning.

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Project Researchers

Kayoung KIM

Kayoung Kim is a project researcher at Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (III) at the University of Tokyo. Her research interests include media sociology and media culture. She is currently studying the history and transformation of commercialism in the Japanese broadcasting industry especially from the perspective of political economy. She received her master’s degree in Socio-Information and Communication Studies at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies (GSII) at the University of Tokyo in 2012. After completing her Ph.D. course work at the same department, she worked as a reporter for international news at TV Asahi for three and a half years. After returning to the university in 2020, she was also involved in the PR committee and the Media Studio at III/GSII. Since April 2021, she has been a full-time project researcher for the B’AI Global Forum, where she is in charge of planning various events and projects.

Jooeun Noh

Jooeun Noh is a project researcher for the B’AI Global Forum at the Institute for AI and Beyond of the University of Tokyo. Her research interest lies in exploring the relationship between information and minorities. She received her Master’s degree in Area Studies from the University of Tokyo and completed her Ph.D. course work in the Department of Socio-information and Communication Studies at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo. She conducted research at Harvard University and Brown University with the assistance of the Visiting Fellowship at the Harvard-Yenching Institute and the JSPS Research Fellowship.

Atsuko Sano

Atsuko Sano obtained her DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) in social design studies at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. She received a four year KAKEN (Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research) funding for researching digitalization and gender equality in Germany in 2018. Her research interest is the impact of digitization and AI strategies on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
As an e-learning specialist at the National Women’s Education Center (NWEC) of Japan, she was engaged in training program and digital content development for promoting gender equality.

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Keiko Kojima

Essayist and visiting researcher
Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies
University of Tokyo
After graduating from the Department of Political Studies, Faculty of Law, Gakushuin University, Keiko Kojima joined Japanese broadcaster TBS, where she worked as an announcer for 15 years. Currently residing with her family in Perth, Australia, she appears in a variety of media in Japan, speaking and writing about women’s careers, work-life balance, and gender issues. Ms. Kojima is a regularly contributor to “AERA,” “Nikkei ARIA,” “VERY,” and other magazines. She has written several books, including “Gebaku” and “Rururairai – Diary of living and working between Australia and Japan,” and a number of novels, including “Horizon.” She received the 36th Galaxy DJ Personality Award.

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Renge Jibu

Associate Professor, Institute of Liberal Arts, Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Worked as a staff writer at Nikkei Business Publications for 16 years. Fulbright Visiting Scholar at University of Michigan (2006-2007). Since April, 2021 working for present institution.
Gender Equality Plan Execution and Monitoring Committee Member at the Cabinet Office, Committee Member at Gender Equality Plan for Tokyo Metropolitan Government,
Chair of the committee of promoting gender equality at Toshima-ward.
B.A. in Law and Master of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University
Author of : “Bread-winning wives and caring husbands: strategic exchange of gender roles”(Keiso Shobo), “Corporate communications with no gender stereotypes”(Nikkei Shimbun Shuppan), “The shock of developing country as gender equality”(Shogakukan), “Watching popular dramas with gender lens: Korea, Japan, U.S., EU” (Kobunsha), “Please don’t judge based on our gender”1-3(Chobunsha).

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Keiko Yamamoto

Senior Manager
News Division, Nagoya Station NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
Keiko Yamamoto is a journalist at NHK (JAPAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION). She currently is in charge of news at Nagoya Station after working at the broadcaster’s 24-hour English channel, NHK World Japan. Keiko has covered social issues with a focus on empowerment of women such as #MeToo movement, children’s right and education.
In 2001, she founded a network for women journalists, connecting people in order to promote new social values and concepts to Japanese society. The association has grown and now has more than 800 members that include women from other professional fields. In 2009, the Asia Society named her as an Asia21 Fellow, a young leader of Asia. Keiko received her MA in International Development from Nagoya University. She is the mother of a 12-year-old daughter.

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Touko Shirakawa

Touko Shirakawa is Journalist about declining birthrates, Author, and Visiting Researcher of Graduate School of Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo. She graduated from Faculty of Letters, Department of Sociology, Keio University in 1984. She received her MBA diploma in Strategic Management from Chuo University in 2020.
Since 2002 to the present, she has been writing about women’s issues especially to suggest the balanced lifestyle for women’s birthing and work. Her research expertise and interest are women empowerment, SDGs and diversity management.
She is the author of several books: “The Era of KONKATSU (Marriage Hunting Era)”, co-authored with Masahiro Yamaguchi, Professor of Sociology at Chuo University, which has sold 200,000 copies in 2008. “This is where the realization of work style reform of your company goes wrong !”(2017) , “A Boundary of Harassment”(2019). She has written more than 25 books.
She served as a member of Cabinet Office Gender Equality Bureau’s “Expert Panel on Priority Policies” in 2016-2020, also served as a member of Cabinet Secretariat’s “The Council for the Realization of Work Style Reform” in 2016-2020. She also holds positions as Project Professor at Sagami Women’s University and as Visiting professor at the Center for General Education, Showa Women’s University.

Rong Zhang

Rong Zhang is associate professor of Tongji Zhejiang College, department of Social Science and visiting researcher of the University of Tokyo. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo in 2016. With the work experience as reporter and editor in People’s Daily Online (Beijing, China) and the Asahi Shimbun (Tokyo, Japan), her main research interests include online journalism, convergence media, international communication, etc. The book based on her doctoral thesis Collective Journalism: Net media’s new possibilities generalized from the Chinese cases (2017), was published and fully funded by Japan Press Research Institute.

Research collaborators

Keiko Hamada

Journalist/FormeSupervising Editor in Chief of BUSINESS INSIDER JAPAN / former Editor in Chief of AERA
Beginning her career in 1989 at the prestigious newspaper company, the Asahi Shimbun Co., Keiko was transferred to the weekly magazine AERA in 1999 after experiencing branch offices at Maebashi, Sendai and the Weekly Asahi. As a journalist, she has specialized in covering world news and the issues seen of the modern female career and lifestyle. Keiko has been at site for both 9.11 and the Iraq War. Becoming the deputy editor in 2004, deputy editor in chief, Keiko became AERA’s first female editor in chief.
During her term as editor in chief at AERA, she has innovated the classic magazine, collaborating with online media and inviting outside editors to produce special articles.
From May 2016 to March 2017, she has also produced projects “On Career x Childrearing,” “WORKO ! ” and symposiums such as “Career Paths” as producer at the Comprehensive Producing Office at the Asahi Shimbun Co.
Starting April 2017 Keiko is now the Japanese supervising editor in chief of an online business news media that spans over 17 countries worldwide.
She will be continuing commentary at TV programs “Shinichi Hatori Morning Show” and “the Sunday Morning” and lectures on topics including but not limited to diversity and labor reform.

Mari Miura

Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Sophia University. Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. Author of Welfare Through Work: Conservative Ideas, Partisan Dynamics, and Social Protection in Japan (Cornell University Press, 2012), “Persistence of Women’s Under-representation” (in Japan Decides 2017, Palgrave Mcmillan 2018), Making Our Voices Heard—Revival of Representative Democracy (in Japanese, Iwanami Shoten, 2015), editor of Japan’s Women Representatives (in Japanese, Asahi Shimbun Shuppansha, 2016), Investment in Society: Supporting Individuals and Building Communal Ties (in Japanese, Iwanami Shoten, 2018), co-editor of Gender Quotas in Comparative Perspectives: Understanding the Increase in Women Representatives (in Japanese, Akashi Shoten, 2014).

Yukiko Mishina

Yukiko Mishina is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, the University of Electro-Communications. She obtained her Ph.D. in chemistry at The University of Chicago and has taught at the University of Tokyo as Project Assistant Professor. Her main research involved chemical analyses of the structure and function of DNA repair proteins and development of imaging techniques for brain activities, but has now shifted her interest towards brain science and artificial intelligence, such as perception and cognitive bias in language learning, and science English language education.

Akira Tanaka

Akira TANAKA is an Assistant Professor at the Design Initiative for Diversity & Inclusion, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University. He received his BA degree in economics from Keio University while completing the sub-major course at the Institute for Journalism, Media &Communication Studies at the Institute for Journalism, Media &Communication Studies in 2016. And then, he received his PhD in socio-information studies from the University of Tokyo in 2022. He has studied how journalists can activate minority voices and include them in our society, paying attention to the hybridization of the contemporary media landscape. He nowadays focuses on “authenticity,” which is evaluated on online and mass media interactions and blurs the borders of sender/receiver, fact/fiction, and news/entertainment. He studies what constitutes authenticity and how it contributes to diverse and inclusive democracy.

Yuko Ikkatai

Yuko Ikkatai is an associate professor of the Faculty of Human Sciences, Kanazawa University. Her research interest is public engagement in science and technology. She received her Ph.D at Graduate School of Human Relations, Keio University. She studied social interactions in birds in the field of animal psychology as her Ph.D thesis, but her interest gradually shifted to human communication in science and technology.

Research Assistants

Hiroki Kato

Hiroki Kato is a PhD candidate in the Cultural and Human Information Studies Course of the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies (GSII) at the University of Tokyo. His field of research is communication and media studies with a particular interest in the dynamics of collective communication on social media, such as online firestorms or hate speech. His PhD research is concerned with the construction and maintenance processes of conservative online communities.

Nozomi Ohtsuki

Nozomi Ohtsuki is a PhD student in the Cultural and Human Information Studies Course of the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies (GSII) at the University of Tokyo (Sakura Laboratory). Her research theme is inheritance of materials outside the museum system. In order to construct a theoretical framework for inheritance of materials in modern society, she studies how objects and digital data have been remaining outside existing systems or mechanisms of museum.
In B’AI, she would like to consider how the application of new technologies, including AI, can bring into focus things and people that have been omitted from existing frameworks. On the other hand, AI can exclude certain races and cultures and promote discrimination, so she considers this as well.

Graduate Student Members

Matthew Sueda

Matthew Sueda is a graduate student member at the B’AI Global Forum and a current MA student at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. He is from Hilo, Hawai’i and obtained his BA from Swarthmore College in Japanese language, literature and culture. He is interested in cultural studies and exploring representations of gender, race and ethnicity as they relate to digital information technologies including AI.

Administrative staff

Midori Isoda




BAIROOM is the office of the B’AI Global Forum. The members of the B’AI Global Forum hold meetings, workshops, etc. in BAIROOM, which is located at the Asano Campus of the University of Tokyo.