Professor Jun-ichi Takada Receives Excellence Award from ITU Association of Japan

Jun-ichi Takada, a professor in the Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering and Dean of the School of Environment and Society, received the Excellence Award from the ITU Association of Japan.

Takada (right) with ITU-AJ President Tetsuo Yamakawa

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the world’s oldest international organization, was established in 1865 as the International Telegraph Union to facilitate peaceful relations among peoples, international cooperation, and economic and social development through the proper functioning of telecommunications.

The Japanese ITU Association (ITU-AJ) was established to serve as a bridge between Japan and the world regarding the various activities of ITU. The ITU-AJ Award of Excellence is awarded to individuals or organizations who have made a significant contribution to the realization of the Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action at the World Summit on the Information Society, activities of ITU and other organizations related to international standardization and international cooperation and the development of telecommunications and broadcasting in Japan.

The presentation ceremony took place on May 17, 2022, during the 54th celebration of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. Takada’s achievements were described as follows: “Professor Takada has achieved achievements highly regarded in academia, including his research and development on advanced frequency sharing technology between different systems, and his contributions to the Council of the information and communications department of the Ministry of Interior and Communications, such as the chairman of the advanced mobile communications committee. In the field of international contribution, he participates in the international cooperation of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA ) with developing countries since 1995 and has contributed to the development of the information and communications society by improving teaching and research in universities in several countries and fostering human resources.

Specifically, the advancement of dynamic frequency sharing technology between different systems was introduced in this fiscal year in Japan, ahead of the rest of the world, to promote the social infrastructure of wireless communication systems and make more efficient use of scarce frequency resources. . Takada has contributed to the advancement of radio propagation prediction technology required for spatial spectrum sharing, and has also been involved in the process of determining sharing conditions through dialogue with stakeholders.

Within the framework of the Information and Communications Council of the Ministry of Interior and Communications, Takada participated in work and discussions on the technical requirements of various radio systems, in particular on the conditions of coexistence between different radio systems, at various levels such as committees, working groups and technical review departments since 2002. He has been involved in the objective and constructive coordination of interests between stakeholders from a neutral point of view as a academic expert.

In 1994, Takada was hired by Tokyo Tech International Science and Technology Cooperation Center as the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Central University Program Coordinator for Scientific Exchange with Countries from Southeast Asia. This led him to become involved in many JICA projects for higher engineering education, and he contributed to the expansion of undergraduate and graduate teaching and research activities in these regions. . He is currently the Senior Advisor of the Project for Strengthening Engineering Education and Research for Industrial Development in the Kingdom of Cambodia, Field Coordinator of Supporting Japanese Universities under the ASEAN Engineering Higher Education Network (SEED- Net), and in charge of the implementation of the Engineering Human Resources Strengthening Project for Industrial Development in Laos.

Comments by Professor Jun-ichi Takada, Dean of the School of Environment and Society

I am very honored to receive the ITU-AJ Accomplishment Award., which is given not only for my achievements in research, but also for my contributions to society. I am particularly pleased that the award recognizes my long-standing contribution to cooperation in higher education in engineering, as well as my commitment to the social implementation of technology in the field of wireless communications.

I was hired by Tokyo Tech in 1994 as coordinator of university exchange programs with Southeast Asian countries. My job was to ask faculty members from Tokyo Tech and partner universities in Japan to visit universities in Southeast Asia or accept scholars from universities in Southeast Asia, where scholars were not active at the time. While many professors readily agreed to join our efforts to develop human resources, there are also many who flatly refused, saying it would not benefit their own research.

In 2001, I was transferred to the Department of International Development Engineering, and since the department at the time promoted the development of human resources that could contribute to development cooperation, I decided to become a role model myself. and worked on cooperation in higher engineering education, again from the perspective of international development practice.

By jumping into this field at a young age with little experience, I was able to reflect with my counterparts on the local situation while avoiding undesirable patterns of international cooperation, such as arrogance or partiality. Thanks to that, I was able to do a lot of good things. The joint research went well and we were able to co-author articles with my peers. I could advise excellent students and young professors of graduate schools and short-term study programs abroad. Together, we were able to think about how to create new systems and organizations rarely experienced by young researchers at Tokyo Tech.

Tokyo Tech is known for its outstanding contributions to higher engineering education cooperation among national universities in Japan. I am grateful for the generous contribution of my homeroom teachers, who I believe were the driving force behind obtaining this award. I hope young teachers will develop an interest in getting involved in similar opportunities.

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Andrew B. Reiter