• Hideaki Takeda (Professor, National Institute of Informatics (NII))
  • Yumi Kawabata (Innovation Director, Roland Berger Ltd./Automotive and Environmental Journalist)
  • Mihoko Matsubara (Vice President and Public Sector Chief Security Officer Asia-Pacific Palo Alto Networks)


Hideaki Takeda

Professor, National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan

  • Duration of Dispatch: February 24-March 2, 2019
  • Theme: Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)
  • Schedule:
    February 25 Huston, Texas (Asia Society Texas Center)
    February 26 Miami, Florida (The Idea Center at Miami Dade College)
    February 28 Atlanta, Georgia (Greenberg Traurig)

Hideaki Takeda:
Hideaki Takeda is a professor at National Institute of Informatics (NII), Japan, and a professor at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai). He received Dr. Eng. degrees from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1991. He has been the Sumitomo endowed professor in the University of Tokyo between 2005 and 2010. He is the chair of the Ethics Committee, Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI) since 2018. He is also members of governmental committees such as Open Data Working Group by Cabinet Secretariat, the sub working group in the Conference toward AI Network Society by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Committee for Promotion of Information Sharing Infrastructure by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). His interest includes Artificial Intelligence, in particular Semantic Web and Linked Open Data (LOD). He has committed several projects by the government and private companies as the specialist of LOD. He is also the president of Linked Open Data Initiative Inc. that promotes LOD technologies for public and private sectors.

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Yumi Kawabata

Innovation Director, Roland Berger Ltd.
Journalist, Automotive and Environment

  • Duration of Dispatch: October 15-20, 2018
  • Theme: Automobile Industry
  • Schedule: October 16 Chicago, Illinois (Conference Center, The 1871 Tech Center)
    October 17 Manhattan, New York (Japan Society)

Yumi Kawabata:
Yumi Kawabata is an automotive and environmental journalist. She received a Masters of Engineering from Gunma University and worked for Sumitomo Electric Industries as a design engineer for 3 years before switching to automotive writing and editing at NAVI and Car Graphic Magazines (Nigensha Publishing). After working at Staff editor of NAVI and Car Graphic for 7 years, she expanded her focus to include international automotive and environmental publications including Car and Driver Shanghai(China), 車主 (Hong Kong), New Delhi TV(India) and Lighthouse (CA, USA), Forbes Japan. She specializes in advanced technologies and high lifestyle. She is very good at hybrids, electric vehicles and environmental solutions for the automotive industry. She is also a jury of International Engine of the year and expert of World Car of the Year. She is a member of the Automotive Journalists Association of Japan and is regular member of Foreign Correspondent Club of Japan.

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Mihoko Matsubara

Vice President and Public Sector Chief Security Officer Asia-Pacific Palo Alto Networks

  • Duration of Dispatch: February 4-10, 2018
  • Theme: Cyber-Security
  • Schedule:
    February 4 Silicon Valley, California (Plug and Play)
    February 6 Los Angeles, California (Japanese American National Museum)
    February 8 Seattle, Washington (Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle)

Mihoko Matsubara:
Mihoko Matsubara in her role at Palo Alto Networks is responsible for developing thought leadership, threat intelligence and security best practices for the cyber security community and business executives in Japan. She worked at the Japanese Ministry of Defense for 9 years after graduating Waseda University. During this time, she also received the Fulbright Scholarship to pursue her MA in International Relations and Economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. Upon graduation, she worked at a think tank in Honolulu called Pacific Forum CSIS as a fellow to research Japan-US cybersecurity cooperation. She was a Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS. She was previously a Cybersecurity Analyst at Hitachi Systems and Cyber Security Policy Director at Intel K.K. She has an MA from the Johns Hopkins SAIS on Fulbright. She then came back to Tokyo, where she joined Hitachi Systems as cyber security analyst to research cyber-threat environments and policy issues. In addition, she worked at Intel K.K., Tokyo, as cybersecurity policy director where she led the company’s IoT policy influence efforts in Japan. She has published many papers and spoke at various engagements, regionally and internationally.

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