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Minister Shinichi Iida

Born in 1967 in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture. Passed higher diplomatic examination while
still in his third year at University of Tokyo Faculty of Law. After entering the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), studying abroad in the United States, and working for the
Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN in New York, successively held positions as Director
for Oceania Division, Director of Global Issues Cooperation Division, and Director of
Consular Policy Division at MOFA. In July 2016, he was assigned to the Embassy of Japan in
the United Kingdom as Minister of Public Diplomacy and Media. He is known to enjoy
ballroom dancing.

Ari Ide, PhD, Professor Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University,

Ari Ide-Ektessabi was born in Rasht (Iran) in 1952. He studied in Faculty of Electronics
Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan 1973-1983, and obtained his PhD in electronics
engineering. His field of research was designing systems of charged particle beams
and vacuum systems for fabrication and analysis of surfaces and materials.
He joined Kyoto University as an associate professor in 1991 and as a professor from 2001.
He was the leader of six major projects related to the application of advanced imaging
technology as follows:

  • Development of High-resolution Large Flatbed Scanner for Digitizing Large Artworks and Non-Destructive
    Pigment Estimation
    Japan Science and Technology Agency, Comprehensive Support Program for Creation of Regional Innovation:
    Key Seed Projects for Regional R&D, FY 2004-2007
  • An Integrated System for Secure and Dynamic Display of Cultural Heritage
    Japan Science and Technology Agency, Comprehensive Support Program for Creation of Regional Innovation:
    Regional R&D Resources Utilization, FY 2006-2008
  • Developing the Technical Foundation for International Digital Museum, The Feasibility Study Program 2009,
    Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Realization of the System and
    Basic Technical Elements of Digital Museum
  • International Joint Research on High Resolution Digitization of Asian World Heritage
    Japan Special Coordination Funds for Promotion of Science and Technology, Asia-Africa Science and Technology
    Strategic Cooperation Promotion Program, FY 2009-2011
  • Program for Education of Man Power in the Field of Documentation and utilization of Asian (China)
    World Heritage
  • Program for Education of Man Power in the Field of Documentation and Utilization of Philippines
    Tangible and Intangible Heritage
    (Japan) Government Development Support for UNESCO Activities Grant, Japan National UNESCO committee,
    Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), 2010-2012. (A program dedicated to
    support the collaboration and exchanges in Asian-Pacific area, for development of Education, Science, and
He published more than 300 papers in material processing, analytical techniques using accelerators, charged
particle beams and synchrotron radiation and a book on application of synchrotron radiation (Springer 2007)
and was editor of several conference proceedings.
His laboratory supervises and supports about 10 laboratories and research Laboratories in Japan, Asia, Europe
and Africa. His current interest is focused on "Analytical Imaging". His lab has organized more than 15 domestic
and international conferences under the title of "science and Technology for Art" in Japan and abroad.

Education and Job Background:
Department of Electronics, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University (BS) , 1977 (MS) , 1979 (PhD), 1983
1991-2001: Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University.
2001-2007: Professor, Kyoto University International Innovation Center, Research Division,
2007-Present Kyoto University, Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Science
and Engineering, Advanced Imaging Laboratory

Present research interests related to imaging technology
  • Development of New Imaging Systems
  • Developing software's for imaging systems
  • Color evaluation System
Publications and invited talks
More than 300 journal and conference papers. More than 100 invited and plenary talks.

Keiko Ogura

Born August 4, 1937. At age 8, experienced the Hiroshima atomic bombing from a distance
of 2.4 km from ground zero. In 1981, she established the Hiroshima Interpreters Group
for Peace. As an interpreter, she has worked on numerous projects with overseas writers,
media, peace activists, etc. She has spoken and presented testimony in English of her
experiences of the atomic bombing to students at schools and peace events around the
world, including the Nuremberg Atomic Mock Trials, the World Nuclear Victims Forum in
New York.