Professor Takashi ONISHI is President of Science Council of Japan (SCJ).
He is also President of Toyohashi University of Technology since April 2014. With a Dr.Eng. degree given by The University of Tokyo in 1980, he was a professor at Department of Urban Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo for many years.
He finished his duty there in 2013 and became Emeritus Professor.
As President of SCJ, Professor Takashi Onishi has been dedicating himself, and taking hisstrong initiative in preparing and publishing statements, recommendations and others, targeting to policy makers, scientific communities and the general public, to address significant global issues, including those relating to the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Professor Takashi Onishi has been a member of 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 an 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 a member of the Science and Technology Advisor Group of United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.