Newsletter > Newsletter No. 01

Dr. Tamotsu Nomakuchi
President AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
Chair of Council of JISC (Japanese Industrial Standards Committee)
Former CEO of Mitsubishi Electric


Interview with Dr. Tamotsu Nomakuchi former CEO of Mitsubishi Electric


When asked about the role of standards for global trade and innovation, Dr. Nomakuchi explained that his opinion has considerably evolved over the years: “Thirty years ago, I was working at a private company. If you had asked me what I thought about standardization at that time, I might have said that standardization is not necessary and that it hinders technological advancement. However, we now live in a time when speed is very important. Technology progresses very fast and there is also integration between different technologies and so you must move fast. So today standards are playing a very important role to promote innovation.