President Prof Akito Arima

Professor Akito Arima was President of HFSP and Chair of the Board of Trustees from April 2009 to March 2012.

Born in Osaka, Japan in 1930. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 1958, Dr. Arima taught at the university before serving as its president from April 1989 through March 1993. From October 1993 to May 1998, he was the President of RIKEN, and a member of the House of Councilors from July 1998 through July 2004. In July 1998, Dr. Arima assumed the position of Minister for Education and Minister for Science and Technology until October 1999. He has been Chairman of Japan Science Foundation since June 2000, Chancellor of Musashi Gakuen since April 2006, and Chairperson of Shizuoka University of Art and Culture since April 2010. Dr. Arima has been a member of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Board of Governors since 2002 and co- Chair of this Board since December 2006. In April 2009, he took up office as President of HFSP. He received the Japan Academy Prize in 1993, the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun in 2003 and the Order of Culture in 2010.