Faculty Jul 11, 2023

AY2023 GSM’s New Faculty Members: Professor Naoki TAKESUE

Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University, welcomes new full-time faculty members this year.
We are delighted to introduce the unique members individually.

I have assumed the position of road asset management policy course for West Nippon Expressway Company Limited and Hanshin Expressway Company Limited as a specified professor on June 1. I was born and grown up in Osaka, and after graduating from the Department of Civil Engineering of Kyoto University in 1986, I worked for a construction company for 13 years and at Mitsubishi Research Institute for 24 years.

At the construction company, I was involved in a wide range of construction activities, including design, construction, contracts, and procurement, and was also posted overseas (to the U.S., Hong Kong, and Singapore) for a total of five years for study and work. At Mitsubishi Research Institute, I was engaged in policy making and consulting for infrastructure management, focusing on countermeasures for aging infrastructure such as roads, rivers, and sewage systems, for national and local governments and private companies. In recent years, I have been involved in the DX (Digital Transformation) of the infrastructure being promoted by the national government, including concept studies and action plan development. At the same time, as a board member of the Japan Association of Asset Management, I have been actively involved in international activities related to the development, operation, and updating of international standards for asset management (ISO 55000 series). Looking back, I feel that I have been consistently involved in the development and management of infrastructures for 37 years. I have visited 45 countries, and feel a little disappointed that I could have achieved my goal of visiting 50 countries by the age of 60 if not for the spread of COVID-19.

As for hobbies, I have been “eating and drinking” exclusively since I stopped playing golf more than 20 years ago, which I had been devoting myself to during my university days. When I was engaged in local government work at Mitsubishi Research Institute, I was practicing “Zenkoku Izakaya Kikou” (izakaya travelogue throughout Japan) with Kazuhiko Ota’s book in my hand. When I traveled overseas for international conferences, one of my great pleasures was to try delicious (or rare) local food. My wife and I are happy to be living in Kyoto for the first time in 40 years, and as someone who believes that “the best happiness is to eat delicious food,” Kyoto is the perfect environment for us.

Aging infrastructure is a common problem in developed countries. Japan, in particular, is facing a challenge unprecedented in the world: its infrastructure is rapidly deteriorating since it was built rapidly during the period of rapid economic growth. I would like to devote myself to researching next-generation asset management systems utilizing digital technology.