Who is Izumi Aizu?


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Born in 1952, Mr. Aizu joined printing business in 1971 after graduating from high school. In 1976, he moved into the international advertising, marketing and public relations business and obtained experiences and expertise in intercultural communications. He worked for such clients as Toyota, Sony, Olympus, Canon, Mazda, and other major consumer product export companies in Japan until 1984. He worked as account representative, supervising planning, copy writing, design and production works for catalogs, advertisements, sales guidebooks, commercial films, newsletters, annual reports, company brochures and other public relations materials.

After spending a few years in the technical communications business to help ordinary users use and understand the computer manuals, he became free-lance in 1985. He then encountered with the personal computer networking and its early pioneers mainly in the United States. In 1986, he became one of the founders of Institute for Networking Design in Tokyo, a small think-tank for online communications specializing computer conferencing, and from 1987 to 1992 served as secretary general of Networking Forum, an annual national conference of PC networking in Japan.

In 1990, he organized first HyperNetwork Conference in Oita to anticipate the new generation of network society. In 1991, he joined GLOCOM (Center for Global Communications), at the International University of Japan, as Planing Manager, and in 1993 he joined the newly established Institute for Hyper Network Society (IHNS) as Research Director. IHNS has its main office in Oita, a local city in Kyushu Island, and is actively involved in building the community networking with grassroots citizens as well as local government of Oita under the Governor Morihiko's strong leadership towards building the information society.

From around 1992, he started to study and promote Internetworking in Japan, giving strategic advise to Japanese telecommunications companies such as NTT and other private companies in information and media industries, and national and local government agencies.

He has been member of many study groups on computer networks and informatization at Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry, (MITI) Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPT) and other government agencies.

His publications include :

"The Report on Personal Computer Networking in US" (1985)
"PC Network Revolution" (1986)
"Evolutionary Network" (1994)
"Easy Steps to Internet Business" (1996)
(all in Japanese Language publication only)

and translations into Japanese include :

"Groupware" by Robert Johansen (1986)
"Odyssey" by John Sculley (1988)
"Networld" by Albert Bressand(1991)
"Virtual Community" by Howard Rheingold. (1995)

His publications in English include :

"Co-emulation: The Case for a Global HyperNetwork Society"
Shumpei Kumon and Izumi Aizu, a chapter in "Global Networks", Linda Harasim, ed, MIT PRESS 1994
"Not problems, opportunities"
An interview with NTT President Masashi Kojima. WIRED , Dec. 1994
"The Emergence of Netizens: The Cultural Impact of Network Evolution in Japan"
NIRA Review, Fall 1995.



conferences / TVs/interests / awards / members

He has been invited to many national and international conferences and meetings, giving speeches and participating on panels, including "Internet and Society" conference at Harvard University in 1996; "Connect 96" conference at Stamford University in 1996; "EU-Japan Communications Forum" in Paris and Kyoto in 1994 and 1995; INET '92, '93, '94, '95, and '96 conferences in Kobe, San Francisco, Prague, Honolulu and Montreal; Network Asia '96 in Singapore; and Multimedia Asia '96 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He co-moderated "Netizen" forum, an online mailing list on Internet to discuss telecommunications policy issues in a open forum from 1995 to 1996.

He has produced a number of TV programs including "The Net 96" and "The Net 97", 3-hour live discussion with mailing list pre-discussion to help shape the future of the Net in Japan, in 1996 and in 1997.

He is interested in making proper use of online communication, forming global culture through The Net, linking people to people through heart-to-heart communications in the cyberspace and in the real world.

He received David Rodale Award from Electronic Networking Association in 1988 for his contribution to 'building the global communities'; Plaque of Appreciation from EMPAL (Electronic Mail Pal) of Korea in 1990; and Award of Excellence for his book "Evolutionary Network" in 1995 from Telecommunications Advancement Foundation in Japan, and Best Author in 1996 for his paper in Japan's Information Processing Society Journal.

Mr. Aizu is member of Internet Society, Electronic Frontier Foundation, ACM (SIGCHI), IEEE, and is listed in "Who's Who in the World". He is married and has four daughters.

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