Official Biography: Toru Takahashi

Official Biography: Toru Takahashi

Takahashi graduated from Tohoku University where he majored in Fine Arts History in1964. After working in the publishing world as an editor and writer for 18 years, he joined the Laboratory of Innovation for Quality of Life (LIQOL), a think tank, in charge of VideoTex (NAPLPS) marketing.   

In 1986, he moved to Digital Computer Limited (DCL), and was assigned to be a project manager of UNIX workstations and incubation of high-speed LAN using PROTEON routers. In 1987, he studied the Internet and served as a board of directors of Japan Unix Society (jus). In 1988, he visited NSF after the ARPANET crush to see Stephen Wolf, and learn about the Internet.

From 1989~1992, he organized a technical tour group to visit INTEROP every year with Jun Murai. It was there that he met Vint Cerf, Dan Lynch, Dave Clark and so many Internet people. He attended INET 91 Copenhagen, and then became involved in organizing an INET92 Kobe committee. He was an ISOC pioneer member. He wrote the first Japanese book on the Internet.

In 1994, he served as president of the Tokyo Internet Corporation, which was an organized UNIX users group. In December 1993, when Professors Ishida and Jun Murai formed the Internet Association of Japan, he was assigned to be secretary general of IAJ. In 1995 April, Tokyo Internet launched its ISP business and became the biggest in Japan.
 
In 1998, he was elected to be chairman of the APNIC Executive Council, where he helped with the search for next Director General, Paul Wilson. A member of CORE, he attended the first ICANN meeting in Boston. He has served as a member of the ISOC Jon Postel service award committee from 2002 to 2005. He was a professor of the Tama Art University Information Design Division from 2000~2002. He has been a member of several governmental committees mostly in MIC and METI. He was awarded by MIC for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Japan and Asia Pacific region.