Japanese society seems to be in a recession after peaking in the 1980’s when people regarded Japan as “number one”, according to various statistical data and social indexes. I believe the potential for breaking through the condition lies in the sparkling energy and sensitivity of the young. Therefore, the importance of fostering and nurturing our human resources that are responsible for the next generation has been ever increasing.
I retired from the Kyushu University at the end of March, 2008. While my retirement was approaching, I had been advised by my senior associates, to “Throw out the old otherwise you will not get anything new”. I kept their words in mind, and have been preparing for further progress.
However, in October 2010, after 1 1/2 years of retirement, I was invited to be a University Professor of the Institute for Advanced Study. I wondered what I should do.
I decided positively, as my philosophy is that “To break through the stagnation, a fundamental reformation of study and the educational environment related to human resource development for the younger generation is necessary.” Currently, some trials whose purpose is to stop the recession of Japanese society, are ongoing. These trials have some effect; however, I honestly feel that many of them serve only to patch over problems. I believe that more fundamental treatment involves re-examining the study and educational environment from the starting point. It takes time and energy; however, the fastest way is connected to its fundamental solution.
As a result, my mission as a University Professor of the Institute for Advanced Study matches to my ideals. I am not sure how far I can fulfill my mission according to my limited ability and time, but I would like to do my best.