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Vice President for Government and Industry Relations

Yoichi OSHIMA, Vice President for Government and Industry Relations

Yoichi Oshima has served as Tokyo Tech's vice president for government and industry relations since February 2023.

Oshima earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electronics engineering from Gunma University in 1985 and 1988, respectively. After spending three years at Sanyo Electric Inc. as a dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) designer, Oshima joined the Japan Patent Office of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry and became an assistant patent examiner for semiconductor devices.

From 1993 to 2014, Oshima worked as a patent examiner in various semiconductor-related fields. During this period, he was visiting fellow at the University of Southern California from 1995 to 1996, and served as visiting professor at Tokyo Tech's Precision and Intelligence Laboratory from 2004 to 2008. He also earned his bachelor of laws degree from Chuo University in 2009, and two Juris Doctor degrees — one from Toin University of Yokohama Law School in 2007 and another from the University of Tsukuba Law School in 2014.

Oshima was a professor and director of the Strategic Planning Division at the Center for Innovative Integrated Electronic Systems (CIES), Tohoku University from 2014 to 2017. After serving as a senior administrative judge at the Japan Patent Office in 2017, Oshima became director of the IoT Promotion Department at Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in 2018.

Since 2019, Oshima has served as a general creative manager of Tokyo Tech's Open Innovation Platform. He has also been associate director of the Office of Research and Innovation since 2021 and senior aide to the president since 2022.

An expert in semiconductors, intellectual property, and innovation analysis, Oshima is specifically interested in collaboration between academia and industry. He has co-authored several chapters and complete books, including Intellectual Property Overview for Engineers.