Professor Takashi Onishi is President of Science Council of Japan (SCJ).
With a PhD degree in engineering given by the University of Tokyo, and his fields of study on city planning & regional planning, as well as on social system engineering & safety systems, he has been serving as a professor at the University of Tokyo and a visiting professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies of United Nations University. He finished his duty at the University of Tokyo and became Emeritus Professor in June 2013, and has been President of Toyohashi University of Technology since April 2014. He also served as a member or a chairperson of Government committees in city and regional planning as well as regional socio-economic development fields.
As President of SCJ, Takashi Onishi has been dedicating himself, while taking his strong initiative in preparing and publishing statements, recommendations and others, targeting policy-makers, scientific communities and the general public, addressing significant global issues, including those relating the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Professor Takashi Onishi has been a member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI), which is set up in the Cabinet Office for serving as the headquarters for the promotion of S&T policy and overlooks all of the nation’s comprehensive and basic S&T policies, and conducts their overall coordination.
In overseas activities, Professor Onishi worked as urban regional development expert for the World Bank in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, and JICA in Bangkok, Thailand, Jakarta, Indonesia, Hanoi, Vietnam, Kabul, Afghanistan and Yangon, Myanmar, and recently was appointed member of the Science and Technology Advisor Group of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.