Seminar/Workshop Series for Researcher Professional Development Vol. 5 (Online Seminar)

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(Posted: June 8, 2021)
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This is the Seminar/Workshop Series for Researcher Professional Development, held regularly by "the Comprehensive Support Project for the Strategic Professional Development Program for Young Researchers." Participation is free of charge, and please feel free to invite others and join in.


Develop Your Niche Over the World—The Mindset for Start-Ups of Researcher-Driven Ventures—
Live streamingSimultaneous interpretation

Date & Time

Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 16:00–18:00


Vols. 1 to 4 of the Seminar/Workshop Series for Researcher Professional Development have explored the importance of self-reflection, which is a vital part of researchers’ professional and career development. Vol. 5 will focus on the mindset necessary for researcher start-ups to create social values. It will be a great opportunity for participants to reflect on their own stance from a comprehensive perspective, including in terms of social and public impact.


  • Social impact of researcher-driven ventures
  • The research-driven entrepreneurs and their entrepreneurship
  • Let's ask your questions


Dr. Shigeo KAGAMI
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering/Deputy Director General, Division of University Corporate Relations, the University of Tokyo

Dr. Shigeo KAGAMI holds a BA from the Faculty of Commerce and Management, Hitostubashi University, an MBA from IMEDE (predecessor of IMD) based in Switzerland, and a Ph.D. in Business Management from Case Western Reserve University. He served as a founding partner of Corporate Directions, Inc. (CDI) after leaving Boston Consulting Group and later served as CDI's Managing Director. He then served as Senior Vice-President and General Manager at CDI USA. In 2002, he became a lecturer for the Pharmaco-Business Innovation Course at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Tokyo and was appointed as a professor and General Manager at the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Division of University Corporate Relations, in 2004. He served as auditor at the University of Tokyo Edge Capital Co., Ltd. (UTEC) from 2004 to 2013. In 2005, he created the University of Tokyo Entrepreneur Dojo and launched an entrepreneurship education program. He serves as the University of Tokyo’s representative in the MEXT’s Exploration and Development of Global Entrepreneurship for NEXT Generation (EDGE-NEXT) program. He has served in his current position since April 2020.

President & CEO, Axelspace Corporation

Dr. Yuya NAKAMURA was born in 1979 in Mie Prefecture. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. During his graduate school years, he participated in the development of the nano-satellites, XI-IV, XI-V, and PRISM, as part of a nano-satellite development project for graduate students. After completing his graduate course, he served as a project researcher (Undergraduate Start-up Creation Project) at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and then founded the Axelspace Corporation in 2008. His company engages in commercial space utilization through nano-satellite development.

Representative Director & President, ExaWizards Inc.

Mr. Ko ISHIYAMA was born in 1982 in Niigata Prefecture. He holds a master’s degree from the Department of Computational Intelligence and Systems Science, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology. He joined Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. in April 2006. After promoting digitalization in Recruit, he established a company under Recruit’s “New RING” (predecessor of the current “Ring”) program for employees with new business ideas. Building on his success in leading the business into its growth phase in three years and selling it, he was appointed as the director of Recruit Media technology Lab. In April 2014, he founded and became the first director of the Recruit Institute of Technology, which conducts AI research in April 2015. He was appointed as a director and COO of Digital Sensation Co., Ltd. in March 2017. He has served in his current position since October 2017, when Digital Sensation merged into ExaWizards Inc. He also serves as a visiting professor at Shizuoka University and a visiting associate professor at the Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo.


Zoom Webinar
※Participation is free of charge.
※This seminar can be viewed in Japanese and English.
※Zoom information will be sent via email to those who have applied for participation by Wednesday, March 17.

Target Participants

  • Researchers (regardless of research career or research field), graduate students aiming to become researchers, and people from universities, research institutes, or companies who take interest in researcher development.
  • Up to 1,000 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application for Participation

Please apply using the form below. Once your application is complete, you will receive an automatic e-mail reply from us.
Application deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021 at noon

Application Form
※We would like to receive your questions in advance. If you have any questions to the speakers, please put them in the application form. The deadline for accepting questions is Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at noon.
※Applications will be closed when the capacity is reached.

How to Participate

1. Using Zoom

Please join in using Zoom in one of the following ways.
The necessary information including URL, meeting ID, and passcode will be sent to you via e-mail at a later date.

■Using the app
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■Using a browser
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2. Notes

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■We recommend checking the settings of your device and network in advance (Zoom test meeting).

■Please make sure you have a stable connection on the day of the seminar. If you are unable to participate in the seminar due to your connection, device, or network settings, JST will not be able to assist you. Also, JST will not be responsible for any inconvenience caused to you regarding the use of Zoom.

Contact for Inquiries

Comprehensive Support Project Office for the Strategic Professional Development Program for Young Researchers
Office of Developing Human Resources for R&D Programs
Japan Science and Technology Agency