Ken Ito

Mr. Ken Ito, a Project Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University has a bachelors degree in economics and an MBA in International Management from The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in the United States.

Ken spent ten years in the private sector, with his last position at GE Capital. He subsequently joined the Institute for Strategic Leadership (ISL) to launch the Center for Social Innovation, to promote social innovation through its leadership training programs. He also joined a government committee on social impact measurement which is organized by Cabinet Office. He has been leading the Japanese government committee under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) to promote SIB as a chairperson. He has been involved in the design of three SIB pilot programs in Japan in 2015.

Ken has served as an advisor for VIA’s social innovation programs since 2009 and has shared his insights on the social entrepreneurship landscape in Asia with our participants. He also supported VIA launch a program in Silicon Valley on social innovation education for Japanese faculty members in 2016.

Takayuki Oshimi

Dr. Takayuki Oshimi is a Professor at International University of Health & Welfare (IUHW) in Narita. His clinical training was in gastroenterology, and he received training as a medical interpreter and as a trainer of medical interpreting in the United States. Dr. Oshimi also obtained his post-graduate diploma in community interpreting and translation from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He currently devotes the majority of his time to medical education, specialized in medical communications (also known as English for medical purposes) as well as training health care interpreters in local communities.

Dr. Oshimi has been involved in the development of VIA’s medical exchange programs, including EHC 2012, MED 2012-2017 as the Faculty in Residence, where he enjoyed supporting participants from Japan, Taiwan, and mainland China through his clinical English workshops and night/morning jogging club on campus. He runs medical English workshops, where we will learn clinical communication skills, including patient encounter communication skills, clinical case presentation skills, and clinical research article discussion in a journal club format.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Oshimi enjoys reading books, watching movies, and jogging at a comfortable pace. Among his friends, he is also very famous for his passion and expertise in Belgian ales, and he has been officially certified as “Belgian Beer Professional” by Japan Belgian Beer Professional Association.