He joined Nikkei Inc. in 1972 and worked as a journalist for more than 40 years, mainly covering industrial and
international issues. During his time as a senior writer for the Southeast Asia division, he was assigned responsibility for four ASEAN leaders including Mahathir bin Mohamad (Prime
Minister of Malaysia) and Suharto (President of Indonesia) for Nikkei column "My Personal History "Watashi-no-Rirekisho", also as the initial attempt to feature foreign leaders.
In 2008, he planned the "Indonesia - Japan Expo 2008" for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic
relations in Jakarta, successfully welcoming 190,000 visitors. In 2014, he established the Nusantara Research Institute, to introduce Indonesia. In addition to serving as a consultant, with
the government and companies of both countries as clients, he also strives to familiarize Indonesia with Japanese people through seminar lectures and writings. He graduated from Tokyo
University of Foreign Studies (Major in Indonesian.)
He authored "Indonesia, Country of Rubber Time" (2004, Japanese) and translated "The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan
Yew” (2000, Japanese.)
Ms. Mayuko Saito
Researcher / Business Manager
In 2012, after graduating from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Major in Indonesian), she proceeded to the University
of Tokyo and attained a Master's degree in International Studies. Her thesis research topic was poverty issues based on her field survey in remote rural islands of Indonesia.
Afterward, she participated in the establishment of NURI and has been involved in a wide range of projects, such as
planning local events sponsored by leading newspaper companies, arrangement of field study trips by Japanese companies, and market research. She also served as a reporter for Tokyo
correspondent of "Jakaruta Shinbun" (Japanese Local media in Jakarta) during 2014-2019. As a reporter, she covered much important news related to Indonesia and Japan and did some top
interviews, with the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries among the highlights.
Recently, she engages in policy research work for a major think tank, as well as supporting local governments and
companies. She is interested in building relationships between local governments as well as cultural exchange programs.
Professor. Bambang Rudyanto (Wako University, Japan)
He studied at the Institute of Technology Bandung (Indonesia's top university in the science and technology field) and
came to study in Japan in 1986. As his academic background, he achieved a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Keio University in 1991, a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from
University of Tsukuba in 1993, and a Ph.D. degree from University of Tokyo in 1996. After that, he worked as a consultant and researcher for the United Nations Center for Regional
Development, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, JICA, Cornell University, etc.
Currently, asides from teaching at Wako University and Keio University using Japanese, he also serves as an advisor for
Japanese companies, a visiting researcher at the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), and an interpreter for high officials' meetings between Japan and Indonesia.
At NURI, by utilizing his extensive networks in the science field, he is engaging in promoting IT personnel exchange
between the two countries, giving advice in disaster management activities in Asia as well as exchanges programs between local governments of Indonesia and Japan.