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You mean you made up your mind to choose a researcher’s career just at that stage?
      Well, I decided to enter into that career not only on my own initiative but also thanks to Prof. Aoyama’s advice. When I consulted with my parents on this matter for, they gave me their wholehearted support. More importantly, I myself was determined to follow the path of my own choosing. In this connection, Keio University made a decision to adopt me as a research assistant for the Department of System Design Engineering in 2005, the second year of my doctoral study. Adoption of a research assistant while he/she is still in the doctor’s course was a rarity, which renewed my motivation to emerge as the top-notch researcher in this field.
      Also eager to meet the expectations of the people around me, I desperately devoted myself to studies and earned a doctor’s degree in two years. I was promoted in rapid succession to assistant professor in 2008 and to the current position as associate professor in 2011.
      Incidentally, Prof. Aoyama was very generous. When I asked for his permission to join the seminar of Professor Kouhei Ohnishi (the authority of control technology) as the next step to materials study, he readily agreed. Back in those days (when I was a doctoral course student), I was lucky enough to meet Associate Professor Seiichiro Katsura (then a doctoral course student like myself), who was a member of the Ohnishi lab. Working with Dr. Katsura in a joint research project concerning accurate positioning for linear motor stage was a rewarding experience, which is still a great asset for me. It’s an interesting coincidence that both of us are now serving as associate professors at the Department of System Design Engineering (Laughter). I became well versed in both production engineering and control engineering thanks to the encounter with Dr. Katsura and having worked with him in a joint research, which is now my great strength as a researcher.

How many students presently belong to the Kakinuma lab?
photo      One in the doctoral course, nine in the master’s course and six undergraduate students – 16 students in total. If members of the Aoyama lab, who learn at the same seminar as the Kakinuma lab, are included, the combined force comes to 28 in total. This seminar seems well balanced due to the presence of the well-experienced Prof. Aoyama and myself whose age is close to the students’. The Aoyama/Kakinuma lab has a very good atmosphere. “Be serious both in research and play” – this is our lab’s motto. I can see our students enjoying softball games when they have time to spare and making trips on holidays together. Speaking of softball, our lab once won the Keio Gijuku Presidential Cup in the inter-departmental tournament. What makes our lab comfortable and productive is that all of our lab members are friendly with each other and unified.

How are you spending your free time?
      I have three children. I relax by viewing animations and playing with them. Having said that, my headache is that due to my busy research life I cannot afford sufficient time to be with my children, which both my wife and children always complain about. It may sound like an excuse, but I actually have a pile of things to do as a researcher, which interferes with my happy time with the family, you know (Laughter).

Some words from students
Student : Maybe because his age is close to ours, Dr. Kakinuma always takes good care of us, ready to give warm advice. What’s more, his advice looks ahead into the future and accurately indicates the course our research should follow, which is truly reassuring. All our lab members are very friendly with each other, so it’s no exaggeration that we come to the lab just because it’s a pleasant place to be in. No wonder we can devote ourselves to anything – in study or play.

(Reporter & text writer: Madoka Tainaka)