Toshio Obi

Professor Emeritus, Waseda University


  • Toshio Obi holds a Ph.D. from Waseda University and a Masters degree from Keio University.
  • He has worked for the UN Development Program as a program planner.
  • He has served as a visiting fellow at Columbia University, George Washington University, Peking University, St. Petersburg State University, and Essex University.
  • He is a member of various advisory committees of the Japanese Government including: Chair, National e-Government Promotion Council, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC); advisory member of the Prime Minister’s IT Strategy Council; President, International Academy of CIOs; Chair, UNESCO/UNITWIN Program on Disaster Management; APEC project director on e-Ageing; and Special Envoy to the Secretary General of ITU for Academia.
  • He has published more than 40 books, including The Aging Society and ICT and annual World e-Government Rankings.
  • He has received the MIC Minister’s Award (twice) and an Emperor Blue Ribbon Medal.

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