President

President FUJISAWA Masato

FUJISAWA Masato

Birth: 1960
Degree: MD. PhD, Kobe University

Professional Career:

1984Conducted research at the Division of Urology, School of Medicine, Kobe University.
1984Resident of Urology, Kobe University Hospital.
1989Urologist, Shinko Hospital.
1990Research Fellow, Center for Biomedical Research, The Population Council (USA).
1992Doctor, Hara Genitourinary Hospital.
1992Resident of Urology, Kobe University Hospital.
1992Research Associate, Kobe University Hospital.
2001Associate Professor, Kobe University Hospital.
2002Professor, Kawasaki Medical School.
2005Professor, Graduate School of Medicine.
2014Director, Kobe University Hospital (until January 2018).
2018Executive Assistant to the President, Kobe University (until March 2019).
2019Dean, School and Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe University (until March 2021).
2021President of Kobe University.

Executive Vice Presidents

KIDO Yoshiaki

Executive Vice President In Charge of Planning, Human Resources and General Affairs KIDO Yoshiaki

Executive vice president
in charge of planning, human resources, general affairs and university hospital

Birth: 1959
Degree: MD. PhD., Kobe University
Professional Career:

1986Medical Intern, Kobe University Hospital.
1987Physician, Itami City Hospital.
1997Invited Researcher, National Institutes of Health (USA).
1999Invited Researcher, Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, Columbia University (USA).
2001Research Associate, Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe University.
2007Associate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe University.
2008Associate Professor, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Kobe University.
2010Professor, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Kobe University.
2016Dean, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Kobe University (until March 2019).
2021Executive Vice President of Kobe University.

Message

Kobe University is one of the leading comprehensive universities in Japan. I will endeavour to make sure that the students and faculty of Kobe University can attain their maximum capabilities and potential.

 

TAMAKI Hisashi

Executive vice president
in charge of education and internationalization

Birth: 1962


Degree: Doctor of engineering, Kyoto University
Professional Career:

April 1990Research assistant, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
October 1995Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, Kobe University
February 1999Associate professor, Faculty of Engineering, Kobe University
April 2006Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Kobe University
April 2007Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University
April 2010Professor, Graduate School of Systems Informatics, Kobe University
April 2016Dean, Graduate School of Systems Informatics, Kobe University (until March 2020)
April 2022Director, Value School, Kobe University
October 2022Vice president, Kobe University
April 2024Executive vice president, Kobe University

Message

With the establishment of an educational system that cultivates creative problem-solving skills under diverse values, I am committed to building a new system of education and creating a "field" for learning in the advanced information network society.

 

KAWABATA Toshinori

Executive vice president
in charge of research, social co-creation and innovation

Birth: 1958
Degree: Doctor of engineering
Professional Career:

1982Entered Kubota Tekko K.K. (now KUBOTA Corporation).
2000Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural Science, Kobe University.
2012Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kobe University.
2017Dean, Faculty and Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kobe University.
2021Executive Vice President of Kobe University.

Message

I would like Kobe University to attain its goal of becoming a center for world-class knowledge by continuing to attract diverse researchers. In addition, I hope that Kobe University can resolve various issues on a regional and worldwide scale through the development of new research areas and multidisciplinary integration, which will bring about the creation of new values and their implementation in future society.

 

OKUMURA Hiroshi

Executive Vice President In Charge of Public Relations, Funding, Information and Risk Management Okumura Hiroshi

Executive vice president
in charge of public relations, funding, information and risk management

Birth: 1960
Degree: Master of arts, Kobe University.
Professional Career:

1986Research Associate, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University.
1991Associate Professor, Faculty of Letters, Kobe University.
2006Professor, Faculty of Letters, Kobe University.
2007Head of Office of Promoting Regional Partnership, Kobe University.
2018Dean, Faculty of Letters and Graduate School of Humanities, Kobe University.
2021Executive Vice President of Kobe University.

Message

In 2022, Kobe University will celebrate the 120th anniversary of its establishment. I will do my utmost so that the staff and students can continue our institution’s longstanding traditions while propelling the university towards a better future. I appreciate your support and encouragement in our endeavors to achieve this goal.

 

MATSUO Takami

Executive vice president
in charge of university reform, digitalization and evaluation

Birth: 1965


Degree: Doctor of business administration, Kobe University
Professional Career:

March 1989Graduated with a degree in business administration, School of Commerce and Economics, Kobe University of Commerce (University of Hyogo)
March 1991Completed the master's program, Graduate School of Economics, Osaka Prefecture University (Osaka Metropolitan University)
April 1991Joined the Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.
September 1998Researcher, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.
October 1998Associate professor, Faculty of Economics, Osaka Prefecture University (Osaka Metropolitan University)
January 2004Assistant professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University
April 2007Associate professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University
January 2011Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University
April 2021Vice president, Kobe University (in charge of planning, personnel, finance and general affairs)
April 2022President, Kobe University Innovation Inc.
April 2024Executive vice president, Kobe University

Message

I am committed to ensuring that the university's organization design, infomation systems and management control systems enhance the capabilities of individual researchers, educators and administrative staff, and increase the value of the university organization to society.

 

MORIYAMA Atsushi

Director general and executive vice president
in charge of finance, facilities and environment

Birth: 1966
Professional Career:

August 2004Manager of the Organizational Management Division, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
March 2008Special officer at the International Student Office, Student Support and Exchange Division, Higher Education Bureau, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
July 2010Deputy manager of the Student Support and Exchange Division, Higher Education Bureau, The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
April 2013Manager of the General Affairs Division, General Planning Department,  The University of Tokyo
October 2014Vice director of General Planning Department, The University of Tokyo
April 2015Director of the Student Affairs Department, Hitotsubashi University
September 2016Director of the Student Affairs Department, Okayama University
April 2019Director of the Planning Department, The Japan Association of National Universities
April 2023Deliberative officer, National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education
April 2024Director general and executive vice president, Kobe University

Message

I will continue to devote my full efforts to evolving and developing our long-term vision of being a "global hub for the multidisciplinary co-creation of research and education that cultivates profound knowledge and outstanding innovators."

 

Executive Directors (part-time)

KITAGAWA Kentaro

Executive director (part-time) Kitagawa Kentaro

Executive director (part-time)

Birth: 1959
Professional Career:

April 1985Public prosecutor, Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office
March 1995First secretary, Embassy of Japan in China (seconded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
October 2009Chief of the criminal affairs department, Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office
August 2012 Chief public prosecutor, Naha District Public Prosecutors Office
January 2014Deputy public prosecutor, Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office
December 2015Deputy public prosecutor, Osaka High Public Prosecutors Office
June 2017Chief of the supervision and guidance department and chief of criminal affairs department, Supreme Public Prosecutors Office
February 2008Chief public prosecutor, Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office
March 2020Registered as an attorney (a member of Osaka Bar Association)
Of Counsel, Chuo Sogo Law Office, P. C.
April 2023Executive director (part-time), Kobe University

Message

I am truly honored to be appointed as a director and intend to contribute to the development of the university with my knowledge and experience as a legal practitioner.

 

KAKIHARA Atsuko

Executive director (part-time) Kitagawa Kentaro

Executive director (part-time)

Birth: 1962
Professional Career:

March 1985Graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
April 1985Joined Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
March 2009Completed the master’s program at the Graduate School of Business Administration, Keio University
April 2013General manager of the CSR Promotion Department, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
April 2009Director, general manager of the CSR Deptartment, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
August 2017General manager of the Market Research Department, Marketing Headquarters, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
September 2017General manager of the Market Research Deptartment and general manager of the Overseas 1st Department, Marketing Headquarters, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
April 2020Executive officer, general manager of the Sustainability Promotion Department, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
April 2022Executive officer, general manager of the Marketing Promotion Department, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
April 2023Executive director (part-time), Kobe University

Message

I embrace the university’s concept of “co-creation in different fields” and hope to make a contribution based on my experience in the private sector.

 

Auditors

TONOMURA Shoichiro

Auditor TONOMURA Shoichiro

Auditor

Birth: 1952
Professional Career:

Mar. 1981PhD in Engineering Science, Osaka University
Apr. 1981Entered Asahi Kasei Corporation
Apr. 1991Head of LSI and Information Technology Research Laboratory at Asahi Kasei Corporation
Sept. 1999Head of Central Research Laboratory at Asahi Kasei Corporation
June. 2006Auditor, Asahi KASEI Life & Living Corp. (now Asahi KASEI Chemicals Corp.)
Apr. 2008Company Executive and Head of Research and Development Center at Asahi Kasei Corporation
Apr. 2011Company Executive at Asahi Kasei Corporation and Head of Fuji Branch Office
Oct. 2013Executive Director at Japan Science and Technology Agency
Oct. 2015Senior Fellow at Japan Science and Technology Agency
Apr. 2016Auditor, Kobe University

Message

In my role as auditor I hope to make a useful contribution to ensure that Kobe University is a valued institution for all its stakeholders.

 

HAYASHI Kinuko

Auditor (Part time) Hayashi Kinuko

Auditor (Part time)

Birth: 1968
Professional Career:

Mar. 1991Graduated from School of Business Administration, Kobe University
Oct. 1992Entered KMPG Azusa LLC
Apr. 1998Entered EY ShinNihon
May. 2002Entered Hayashi Certified Public Accountants and Tax Accountants Office
Apr. 2016Auditor (Part time) Kobe University

Message

I hope to support the President, Executive Board and all University employees in making Kobe University an institution that the students responsible for Japan’s future are proud to call their alma mater. 

Vice Presidents

 In Charge of Planning, Human Resources and General Affairs

TAMAOKA Masayuki

In Charge of Research, Social Co-Creation and Innovation

KITA Takashi

In Charge of University Reform and Evaluation

KONDO Akihiko

In Charge of Hospital

MANIWA Yoshimasa

In Charge of Digitalization and Environment

OHKAWA Takenao

In Charge of DX and Recurrent Education

FUJINAMI Fumiko

In Charge of Industry-University Cooperation

FUKUMOTO Takumi

Executive Assistants to the President

In Charge of Risk Management and Harrassment

MIYAWAKI Ikuko

In Charge of Admission Reform

SATO Harumi

In Charge of Liberal Education

TERAUCHI Naoko

In Charge of Internationalization

MATSUYAMA Hideto

In Charge of Gender Equality

NODA Kazue

Special Advisors to the President (part-time)

ANDO Mikio

FUKUDA Kentaro

Honorary Advisor

TANABE Hiroyuki