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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.
For further information：http://www.hayashik.iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp/
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.
For further information：https://researchmap.jp/itatsu
Yujin Yaguchi is Professor at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 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.
For further information：https://yaguchiyujin.com/bio-j.html
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.
For further information：https://researchmap.jp/Takane_Ito?lang=en
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 first book, Visualizing Taste: How Business Changed the Look of What You Eat (Harvard University Press, 2019) 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).
For further information：https://www.aihisano.com
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.
For further information：https://www.designlab.ac
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.
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.
For further information：https://researchmap.jp/sanoatsuko?lang=en
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.
For further information：https://www.applecross.jp/kojima
Renge Jibu is a Journalist with 23 years of experience, focusing on gender and economy issues. Became a freelance journalist in 2014 and has since written over 250 articles. Serves many governmental and non-governmental organizations’ committees on gender issues. Speaker and panelist as an expert on gender and economy issues at over 240 events both in Japan and abroad (U.S., Vietnam, Taiwan and France) since 2006, as well as on TV, newspaper and internet articles. Consultant on communication and gender issues for global IT and consumer product companies and large Japanese companies. Author of four books.
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.
For further information：http://nhk.jp/nagoya-marutto
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.
Michiko Kawahara wrote books on crime victims and journalism, and on Viktor Frankl.
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.