[Special Lecture Series for I-House Members]
The Internet Civilization

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  • Speaker: Jun MURAI
    (Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University)
  • Moderator: Tomoko KUBOTA (Independent Journalist)
  • Date: Friday, September 6, 2019, 6:30–8:30 pm, with a reception included
  • Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
  • Language: Japanese (without interpretation)
  • Admission: 3,000 yen each for members and their spouses (reservations required)
    * Members can be accompanied by a spouse

This Special Lecture Series invites world-renowned individuals as guest speakers. In September, we will have Dr. Murai, who is known as “the father of the Internet in Japan” and the “Internet Samurai” in international circles. He will talk about the elements of what he calls the “civilization” of the Internet, as well as how society has changed with the widespread adoption of the Internet over the years, and the course of the fourth industrial revolution.

(Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University)

Murai JunWith a Ph.D. in computer science from Keio University, Dr. Murai has long been engaged in the development of Internet technology platforms in Japan. In 1984, he established JUNET (Japan University Network), the first-ever inter-university computer network in Japan, and then founded WIDE (Widely Integrated Distributed Environment) Project, a Japanese Internet research consortium, in 1988. He also serves in various government-related positions, such as a member of the Strategic Headquarters for the Promotion of an Advanced Information and Telecommunications Network Society (IT Strategic Headquarters) and a member of the Cyber Security Policy Council of the National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) in the Cabinet Secretariat. He has also been actively engaged with numerous international scientific associations. He is a recipient of the 2011 IEEE Internet Award and the 2005 Jonathan B. Postel Service Award. In 2013 he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame (Pioneer), and in 2019 he was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor) by the French Government.
(Independent Journalist)

Photo: Kubota TomokoMs. Kubota joined Tokyo Broadcasting (TBS) in 2000 where she became an announcer and worked on various programs, including Dobutsu kisotengai! [Amazing Animals!], Tetsuya Chikushi News 23, and Hodo Tokushu [Special News]. From 2013, she held appointments across the news bureau and served as a correspondent with the New York Bureau, as well as a political reporter at TBS. In 2017 she became a freelancer and in 2019 she obtained an MA in oral history from Columbia University. She is currently in a doctoral program at the University of Tokyo where she further pursues her research on oral history.