Message from the Director
Science and technology are as weapons, to solve world issues and produce innovators – who can imagine a new world.
At the International School of Science (ISSJ), we provide an environment where students can freely immerse themselves in their interests and further develop their abilities and potential. Through this environment, we hope that the students can then help resolve issues in the future, through new inventions and discoveries. To create a world where hope arises from “what fun can I get into today” that lead to action, is the sole reason of starting this International School of Science Founding Project.
In August 2017, we have built on the two previous years’ preparatory work in establishing a school, by offering a 11-day residential summer school. The purpose of this summer school was to offer high school students a taste of what ISSJ can provide. A total of 28 students participated, including the 7 junior high and high school students from Japan. The students partook in lectures by prestige researchers from around the world combined with practical training. In addition to these lectures and workshops, students had group discussions every night that lasted until midnight in order to prepare for their final presentations on the last day.
Coming together under the common language of science, students discussed at length and sometimes clashed or reached a stalemate in talks. Although daunting at first, these impasses gave valuable experience to understand the process of debating an issue to find a solution, and also for the students to be able to present their thoughts, ideas, and opinions to others in a constructive and confident manner.
This helps to instill a belief that no matter how difficult or unclear a situation may seem, a way forward can always be found. In the decades to come, there are no clear paths. It is the ability to make new paths and establish new ways of thinking in science, that will be critical in such times.
We strongly believe that the students who took part in the ISSJ Summer School 2017, gained skills and experiences that will function as a catalysis in the future to create a new path.
Furthermore, we believe that being involved in ISSJ changes students’ perceptions for the better, and students have the potential to change the world for the better. Last but not least, we are very grateful for all our supports as ISSJ strives towards achieving this goal.
International School of Science Japan Founding Project
Management Representative Ryuichi Nomura
Ryuichi “Richie” Nomura
Richie graduated from The University of Tokyo College of Arts and Sciences. While still enrolled he participated in a foreign exchange program and studied at The University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2001, he first worked as a TV program production director for NHK. After NHK he joined the corporate planning department of USEN then to Accenture as a member of the SBA. He is now the founder of the Logical Thinking Training School Lojim Inc. While in charge of the overall management of the school, he plans logical thinking training curriculums and teaches topics such as “how to handle complex problems without any clear answers.”
Ryuichi “Richie” Nomura
Takeshi graduated from Kyoto Sangyo University. He first worked for a Japanese-based security firm and eventually gained experience of managing an IT venture company. He has worked and is still currently working on countless amount of cases related to M&A and management consulting. After the earthquake disaster, he founded the Social Marketing CO., LTD which supports finances and consulting for the social sector.
Masayuki graduated from Hosei University. He first worked at KEYENCE Inc., and then joined Recruit Inc. as a human resource consultant. After, he became a board member of Kyouwa-bussan Inc. While in charge of the overall management of projects at ISSJ, he also manages his restaurant business and renovation company, KOSODATERENOVE.
Yoshifumi graduated from Keio University majoring in Applied Physics and Physico-Informatics. He also works with students at NPO Showa Gakuen, Sky Sea Academy.
Taizo is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in investing and incubating IT related venture companies in Asia. He is the Founder & CEO of Mistletoe Inc., as well as board member and advisor to various IT companies around the globe.
He founded Gungho Online which was one of the most successful online gaming companies in Japan in 2002, which had its IPO in 2005.
With a vision to create Silicon Valley-like venture eco-system in East Asia by 2030, Taizo founded MOVIDA JAPAN in 2009. He then founded Mistletoe, Inc. in 2013 to commence comprehensive entrepreneurs support and startup ecosystem development activities. He strongly believes the world could be transformed into a better place by nurturing entrepreneurs who would lead the creation of the next generation.
【孫泰蔵（そん たいぞう） プロフィール】
1972年生まれ。佐賀県出身。東京大学在学中にYahoo! JAPANの立ち上げに参画。その後、インターネットのコンテンツ制作、サービス運営をサポートする会社を興す。2002年、ガンホー・オンライン・エンターテイメント株式会社を設立、デジタルエンターテインメントの世界で成功をおさめる。その後も、様々なベンチャーの創業や海外企業との大型JVなど、ある時は創業者、ある時は経営陣の一人として、一貫してべ ンチャービジネスに従事した後、2009年に「2030年までにアジア版シリコンバレーのベンチャー生態系をつくる」として、スタートアップのシードアクセラレーターMOVIDA JAPANを設立。2013年、単なる出資にとどまらない総合的なスタートアップ支援に加え、自らも事業創造を行うMistletoe株式会社を創業。２１世紀の課題を解決し、世の中に大きなインパクトを与えるようなイノベーションを起こす活動を国内外で本格的に開始、ベンチャーの活躍が、豊かな社会創造につながることを目指している。
B.S. from SUNY Stony Brook.
While researching at Harvard University as a PhD candidate, Gaku began practicing meditation and yoga, and got into scientific investigations of spiritual practices and spiritual dimensions.
While conducting spiritual practices and their scientific investigations, Gaku helps the ISSJ founding project as a concept director, and also works in the field of health care as a data scientist.
After graduating University, Motoko worked in the human resource division of an international automotive company, and experienced planning and management of both – domestic and international HR and recruitment. She left the position and joined the ISSJ project with the belief that, “the sooner we expand our horizon and recognize diversity, the richer and better our life becomes.”
Katsuiku Education Foundation.
Global Educational Partners Inc.
Mitsubishi UFJ Foundation.
Nanako IshidoNPO CANVAS, Board Chairperson
Koji IchikiHEADLINE Inc., Repersentative / 2020 Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Bid Committee Public Relations Advisor
Tomohito Ebin Digital Hollywood University Business Breakthrough Professor / mobcast inc. Senior Board Advisor / Legend Partners Ltd., Representative Director and Chairperson
Katsumi KuwabaraAIC New Zealand Ltd., Representative / AIC Oshu Corp. Senior Director
Masahiro SatoDigital Hollywood University, Professor
Tomoyuki SugiyamaDigital Hollywood University, President
Shuichichiro TakahashiLeave a Nest Co., Ltd. COO
Takeshi TakegawaViling Holdings Pte. Representative / IMPACT Foundation Japan
Masaharu TakimuraBistro Papa Inc. Representative / Father Cooking Expert / Cabinet Office Nutrition Special Committee / Taisho University, Visiting Professor
Ikuko Newell TsuboyaIB Asia Pacific Regional Council, Member / Global Education Foundation, Board Chairperson
Kensuke Torii Kumon Institute of Education Co., Ltd., Cooperate Planning Dpt. Leader
Ichiya NakamuraGraduate School of Media Design, Keio, Professor
Tomonari NomuraKatsuiku, Representative Director
Masashi MizunagaSTARMICA Chairperson & CEO
Norio YamaguchiEDURE LCA Co., Ltd., Representative Director