Akito Arima

Former Minister of Education
Former President of University of Tokyo


Akito Arima obtained his BA in 1953 and went on to gain a doctorate in Science in 1958 from the University of Tokyo. Akito Arima started his academic career as a research associate for the Institute for Nuclear Studies (INS) in the University of Tokyo, before going on to take a number of academic posts in prestigious institutions around the world, and eventually becoming president of Tokyo university in 1989. He later embarked on a political career serving as a member of the house of councilors from 1998 – 2004, Minister of Education, Science, Sports and Culture 1998 – 1999, and Minister of State for Science and Technology in 1999. Akito Arima is in possession of many awards including the Order of Culture, the Nishina Memorial Prize and the Japan Academy Prize from Japan, the National Order of the Legion of Honour (Officier) from France, and the Knight Commander of the British Empire from the U.K.