新板 窮理図解

photoSounds like you have smoothly proceeded with your research career.
      So far, so good. I’m sure the fact that I have somehow been able to continue research work to date owes much to valuable encounters with good teachers and advisers at each turning point of my life. Above all, my special gratitude goes to Prof. Isao Yamada at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Dr. Shun-ichi Amari at RIKEN, not to mention the soroban instructor and the prep school tutor in my younger days.
      By way of repaying my obligations to these teachers, I’m trying to teach and guide my own students as earnestly as possible. But I’m afraid my eagerness may sometimes be too much for them (Laughter). When dealing with my son, meanwhile, I’m trying not to be too particular about his studies just as my parents did for me.

How do you take a breather from your busy research work?
      Ever since my childhood, I like eating; so each meal is the best breather for me. Next, my blissful time is when I listen to jazz or Latin music while enjoying sweets together with a cup of coffee that I’ve brewed for myself. My routine on the campus is to go to the cafeteria together with my students. I also enjoy a coffee break with them, which is enjoyable.

What do you think are good points of Keio University?
      Keio has a well-developed public relations system effectively encouraging us younger researchers in research activities, for which I’m truly grateful. At Keio, even lower-grade students have easy access to professors – or an easy distance between students and professors, you might say. This is an enviable environment. Keio also offers a variety of student support systems, allowing them to become conscious of their future courses at an early stage. This is another strong point of Keio.

Some words from students
Student : Dr. Yukawa has a cool, objective eye to research, yet demonstrates extreme enthusiasm when striving to achieve research goals. His pet phrase is: “Let’s make our lab No. 1 in the world!” Our lab is a pleasant place to be in, always brimming with conversations and laughter – exchanging ideas and developing discussions during lunch meetings or coffee breaks.

(Reporter & text writer: Madoka Tainaka)