Shuzaburo Takeda is a Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan and Specially Appointed Professor at Kyoto University. Dr. Takeda is also the Founding Director of The Business-University Forum of Japan. He has been intimately involved in the Japan-US relationship for more than 35 years and for decades has been a close advisor to Howard H. Baker, Jr. (Former US Ambassador to Japan). He also serves as Senior Advisor to the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP). He started Takeda & Associates in 2006.
Dr. Takeda joined Kyoto University in May 2012. Prior to that, he was Professor and Advisor to the Office of the President, Waseda University until March 2012. Prior to joining Waseda University, he was Professor of Engineering at Tokai University, Japan.
He was Executive Fellow at the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University from 1995 to 1998. From 1990 to 1992, he was Special Assistant, Office of the President for the five campuses comprising the University of Tennessee statewide system and also a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Computer Science at the Knoxville Campus.
From 1989 to 1990, prior to joining the University of Tennessee, he was a Visiting Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University. In 1984, he was a Visiting Professor at the Peace Studies Program, Cornell University and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Production Technologies, Tokyo University, Japan. Prior to 1984, he was a Member of the Doctoral Faculty, in the Chemistry Department of the University of North Carolina from 1969 to 1972. Dr. Takeda earned his Ph.D. in Physics at Ohio State University in 1969. He also holds Master’s Degrees in Applied Engineering and Political Science.
He has been a Member of the International Advisory Council for Asia (IACA), Washington University in St. Louis for 19 years. He was a Founding Member of the Energy Security Group, the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC. He has served as Member/Chairman on many government committees concerned with energy, technology and industrial policy in Japan.
Dr. Takeda’s research has covered a broad range of concentrations including cognitive science, policy studies including macro-techno policies in energy, environment, non-proliferation and innovation policies. In the hard research area, he has conducted chemical laser projects (COIL) where he holds 5 patents and he has published over 10 books.
Dr. Takeda is a member of Cosmos Club, Washington, DC.