In 1963, he graduated Toyama high school in Tokyo. In 1967, he graduated the Chemical Engineering course of Engineering department, University of Tokyo.
He was the president of University of Tokyo from April 2005 to March 2009. His major research fields are Chemical engineering, Environmental engineering, functional material science and Chemical Vapor Deposition reaction engineering. When he was an undergraduate, he belonged to the American football club at University of Tokyo.
On December 15, 1944, He was born in Tochigi Prefecture.
In 1972, he got Doctor of Philosophy the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Tokyo In December 1972, He was hired by University of Tokyo (assistant professor) In 1977, he became a lecturer at University of Tokyo In 1981, he became Assistant Professor at University of Tokyo In July 1988, he became a Professor at University of Tokyo In April 2000, he became the head of Engineering Department at University of Tokyo In 2002, he became the president of Society for Chemical Engineers of Japan. In 2003, he became a vice president of University of Tokyo.
In 2005, he became the 28th president of University of Tokyo.
Member of Society Chemical Engineers Japan (president 2002-2003), Association Pacific Rim Universities (steering committee).