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Theme: Bridge the Gap

This event occurred on
November 24, 2013
12:00pm - 6:30pm JST
(UTC +9hrs)
Nagoya-city, Aichi-prefecture

We want to fill the gap and bridge it between people who play an important role on the leading edge and undergraduates. This heart bring us to hold a TEDxNagoyaU event and choose ‘Bridge the Gap’ as a theme.

It’s unable for us to reach our goal if audiences just listen to the ideas from speakers. What we want you to do is to share and discuss the ideas you get from this event during recess or afterparty and create new ideas. This is our goal, that is, we ‘Bridge the Gap’.

Let’s create new ‘ideas worth spreading’ from this TEDx event.

E&S Hall, E&S Building, Nagoya University
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku
Nagoya-city, Aichi-prefecture, 464-8601
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Masahiro Takeda

Born in Kita-Akita City, Akita in 1985. He is now 28 and the representative director of 'kedama inc'. After finishing his degree at Ritsumeikan University, he gains experience in the digital contents field in Tokyo. His growing worry towards the critical state of Akita; Japan's leading rice producing prefecture, and the Japanese diet pushed him to start his current company. Since then, he has organized a group of tractor drivers 'Tora-o' to gain further publicity for hardworking young farmers. He has also held events in Tokyo to connect the consumers and the producers of crops, and set up a website( to deliver rice directly to the consumers.

Masaru Hori

1986 Ph. D., Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, JapanAfter working for Toshiba Corporation, he became a professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University in 2004.1997 Researcher, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK2009-2012 Director, Plasma Nanotechnology Research Center, Nagoya University2013- President, Plasma Medical Science Global Innovation Center, Nagoya University2009-2011 Executive Board Members of The Japan Society of Applied Physics2012-Present Member of Science Council of JapanHe is a professional of Plasma Science and it's application.Awards2010 Prize for Science and Technology, by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology2011 The 9th Award for Persons of Merit in Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration (Minister Prize of Economic, Trade and Industry)and a dozen more of awards.

Megumi Hamada

Since she first joined OMRON Corporation, she has been taking an active part in pioneering the women's rights in the workplace. Her careers in various fields started from sales followed by development, staff education, and directing member of the labor union. After her second permanent reassignments, she is now committed to promoting gender equality in the workplace, using her wide experience. Her activities include conducting board meetings on how to decrease the gender gap, promoting gender equality with the company's inner-relation department, and also providing lectures for female members of staff. Her role as employment manager has brought her into contact with several hundred students this spring as she conducted interviews for the company looking for talented people.

Takanori Ito

1974 Born in Mie Prefecture1994 Founds TYPE A/B1997 Graduates from the School of Architecture in Meijo University2007 Completes a doctoral program in Art and Technology at Nagoya City UniversityFrom 2007 onwards he has been a leading designer in the field of architecture, interior and furniture. He generates new design ideas based on market analyses, and his branding strategies highlights the beauty of his designs. He works together with local administrations, businesses, and residents to realize his town developing projects, setting society and world designing as his next goals.Awards: 2009 Chubu Architecture Award, 2011 DDA Design Association Special Award, 2012 Japan Designing Association Research Incentive Prize, 2013 First Prize in SDA Design Award, Good Design AwardPubished several books on town development.

Taiki Satoji

During his training at a hospital, Taiki was deeply moved by a therapy that makes the patients weep with joy. This encounter reinforced his desire to forever help others. He works to contribute to the proliferation and development of rehabilitation. His activities include enlightenment campaigns for rehabilitation, interviews with people living with disabilities, and organizational study sessions.

Minoru Karasawa

Born in Nagano and brought up in Kyoto City. Majored Psychology at Kyoto University, where he obtained his BA and MA, and he completed his PhD at UCLA. He specializes in Social Psychology, and his research field is Social Cognition. He looks into the process of an individual understanding and forming opinions about others and the society, including prejudice and assumptions. He also applies demonstrative measures to find out how cultures and legal systems affect these processes. His hobby is playing tennis, listening to Jazz and Rock music, and watching sports such as the Major League.

Naoshi Nagano

Born in 1970. He is a high school teacher in Chiba. Although he was originally teaching Geography, he started teaching IT classes when they were newly added to the curriculums in 2003. From 2009, he studied the use of touch panel devices in education for 2 years at the Naruto University of Education. He now focuses on the promoting of IT education and wider use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) in various ways.He was transferred to Sodegaura High School in 2010, where he established the Information and Communication Course. It was the first time for public schools in Japan to provide a tablet device for classes to each and every student.The realization of the near-future education is his goal. He is working to make ICT more familiar technology to all and equip the students with skills to actively adjust to the evolving society.

Kimi Hasebe

She is the representative director and the art producer at White Ship Inc. When she founded the firm with her fellow artists in 2001, she had a vision of spreading the Japanese sense of art and creativity to the world. She looked into the possibility of art where both the artists and the audience can participate. From that, she developed the concept of Communication Art and also Art Management, which brings out the creativity of business leaders and organizations. She promotes her art programs for individuals and major corporations. Since 2008, she has been working with strategy consultants to develop and offer a program, 'Vision Forest', for organization reform and trouble shooting. She is also a manager for artists and she promotes incubation, owns galleries, and organizes exhibitions.

Satsuki Tanahashi

Inspired by The Big Issue, a British origin NGO which supports homeless people, and by one of its slogans of 'From Charity to Business', Satsuki is working to help the homeless individuals using The Big Issue Nagoya Net.She wishes to create a society where each individual is respected making use of the power of civic activity.

Kotaro Tamura

Former member of the House of Councilors for two terms. Directed the 1st Abenomics as the Parliamentary Secretary in the Cabinet Office of Economics and Fiscal Policy in Japan in the 1st Abe Administration. Former chairman of the Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Former managing director of Osaka Nichi Nichi Shimbun newspaper company, current advisor to Shin Nihonkai Shimbun, and president of Osaka Nichi Nichi Shimbun. Advisor to the Shanghai International Business School, and honory associate at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Sinagpore. Was a researcher at Yale University, Harvard University and RAND Corporation. Obtained degrees from Waseda University, graduate school of Keio University (during the course he also studied abroad at HEC Paris), Duke University School of Law, Yale University School of Economics.Completed AMP at Oxford University, and EMP at Tokyo University. The first Japanese person to be chosen for a topic for a case study at Harvard Business School.

Yoshihiko Tamura

1995 PhD from the School of Science, Yokohama City UniversityMaterial Science researcher at Tokyo UniversityResearcher at Yokohama City UniversitySpecial Researcher for Japan Society for the Promotion of Science(PD), School of Material Research, Tokyo University1999 Researcher at a material research institution2006 Group leader for Nanofrontier material research at the above instituteSpecialty: Material science of superconductivity and magnetism, diamond, high pressure synthesis, and new superconductivity researchDiscovered a new superconductor by intercalating lithium into niobium oxide of layered perovskite structure. Also succeeded in the world's first example of developing superconductivity using CVD diamond. Found new FeTes-base superconductivity in iron-base superconductivity related substances, and also discovered a phenomenon of alcohol developing superconductivity.


Members: Takeshi Watari・Hiroshi Katayose・Ryo-chin・Atsushi Oda・Jun NagoyaFormed in 2008, and performed monthly live shows at Shibuya Crocodile until 2010.In 2011, they performed their own live shows four times whilst also participating in other events. They started the '6-dim+ JAPAN Tour Project' in June, 2011 and now performs in many cities; Fukushima, Miyagi, Ibaragi, Niigata, Chiba, Kanagawa, Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka and Fukuoka.Their motto is 'to share a moment of great laughter'. They create and enjoy irreplaceable moments together with the audience through their improvised entertainment of emphasizing, experiencing and laughing.

Organizing team


Nagoya Aichi, Japan