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Masayoshi Watanabe

Visiting Professor, IWATE University / Councilor, Human centered design Organization:Japan

Industrial Technology Research and Development Strategy / Universal Design

Visiting professor, Iwate University; Councilor, NPO Human-centered Design Organization

Director for R&D Planning, R&D Division (in charge of Industrial Technology Research and Development Strategy), Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Born in Tokyo in 1963
Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Tohoku University

Visiting professor at Iwate University and councilor of NPO Human-centered Design Organization; continues his main occupation as a technical administrative officer of the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) while pursuing research studies at university; joined METI in 1990 and held positions successively as the First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in the Netherlands for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as the General Affairs Division Director, Tohoku Bureau of METI; currently the Director for R&D Planning of the Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI (in charge of the Industrial Technology Research and Development Strategy) since 2005.  General Director of the Strategic Technology Roadmap, METI’s overall plan for research and development; in the past, worked at the helm of the planning and administration of research and development in the field of human lifestyle (research relating to the universal design of products and the living environment in an aged society) as a technical administrative officer; while working at the Tohoku Bureau of METI, devoted his efforts to the revitalization of the local economy through the promotion of universal design-related industries; is a specialist in universal design in the area of public administration in facilitating progress in Guide 71 through the establishment of guidelines for products in response to an aging society.

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