New Kyurizukai
Dr. Kaneko talked about his surprising childhood, when he had longed for the world of spies. As such, he has sharp eyes for scrutinizing information. At present, he is making all-out efforts to address problems of information (content) distribution, saying that our world will become far richer and more exciting only if we can handle it properly.

A child who liked to make observations
      I was a type of boy who would keep watching movements of an excavator at a construction site endlessly. To tell the truth, even now I still have this habit and like to watch people coming and going. Though I dare not talk to passers-by, I keep watching them while wondering, “What are they doing?” or “What are they doing it for?”
      For example, suppose I noticed airline staff members, who had been at the check-in counter, were now found standing at the boarding gate, I would wonder, “At what timing did they move to the boarding gate and why at that particular timing?” What I actually see is only a portion of their entire movement, but I like to think about the meaning it has within the entire system. It is intriguing because I sometimes can have a glimpse into differences between airline companies.

Becoming a “007” – my dream
      When I was a schoolboy, I once wanted to become a spy. Reading a book entitled “Best 50 Detectives of the World” or something like that was a trigger. Of the 50 heroes featured in the book, the cool 007 was my favorite. As there were no such books as “how to become a spy”, I seriously thought I would have to master all the abilities required of competent spies on my own. Driven by this ambition, I read many books to acquire the needed knowledge, physical strength and emotion control powers, and tried them by myself. Since spy activity is basically supposed to take place in foreign countries, spies would need the ability to understand the given situation correctly using a limited amount of information. So I wondered how I could acquire the ability to judge correctly whether the information is true or not.
      With respect to my attitude toward information authenticity, I feel I was somewhat influenced by my parents’ education. In my childhood, I was surrounded by illustrated reference books and encyclopedias at home. Naturally, I compared these books. Some pictorial books were written this way and others that way. I even found wrong information.

What brought you to Keio University?
      Prof. Tomonori Aoyama, my advisor at the University of Tokyo, had been engaged in the development of 4K technologies at NTT. When I was in the second year of my doctoral program, he asked me about my future career. “I have no specific idea yet”, was my answer. Prof. Aoyama said, “Then let me think about it, OK?” Soon after that, at an international conference, Prof. Aoyama introduced me to a professor of Keio University, who encouraged me to come to Keio.
      This is how I came to work for Keio’s Research Institute for Digital Media and Content in 2006. In April 2012, I additionally took up a post as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Science and Technology.
      I’m probably the only one in the world who is devoted to designing a hyper-scale information network that links digital data from the past to the present and from the East to the West, as well as thoroughly thinking about services evolving out of such network and IT technologies supporting it.