Dr. Fumiko Kasuga received a Ph.D. degree in agricultural science from The University of Tokyo in 1988. She is specialized in the field of food safety, particularly in microbiological risk assessment of foodborne diseases and epidemiology. In 1989, she started her career as a researcher expertized in food safety at National Institute of Infectious Diseases, and currently is the director at National Institute of Health Sciences. She joined Science Council of Japan (SCJ) in 2005 as a Council Member. Since then, she has been engaged in the SCJ activities regarding Food Safety, Infectious Diseases, and Public Health; and also in international aspects, she has participated in those for International Union of Microbiological Society (IUMS), Science Council of Asia (SCA), and G8 Academies’ Meetings.
Besides those, she has been taking part in deliberations for policy recommendations and reports of SCJ, including "Japan Perspective-Proposals: Safety and Risks". With such a background, in October 2011, she was appointed as Vice-President in charge of international activities of SCJ. Her zealous activities cover not only scientific researches, but also the international involvements through organizations such as FAO, WHO, ICMSF (The International Commission on Microbiological Specification for Food) and JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) , through which she has been contributing to practical applications of science for society, regulatory science, and policies for science and technology.