Kenichi TAKANO

Kenichi TAKANO, Ph.D. Professor, Graduate School of SDM, Keio University

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SDM is a graduate school where researchers from various disciplines think outside the box to boldly tackle problems, regardless of their difficulty.


After obtaining a Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering from Nagoya University, Kenichi Takano joined Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, where he finally served as a principal research scientist. He has extensive experience in providing consulting services to private companies on safety management, safety culture implementation, and organizational change.

He was a visiting research fellow for the School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Manchester during 1995-1996 and a part-time professor for the Department of Industrial & Management Systems Engineering, Waseda University from 2005 until 2008. He moved to SDM in April 2008.

Research Interests

  • Safety culture
  • Risk management
  • Human Factors
  • Decision making

Major Publications

  • Kenichi Takano, Tadafumi Tsuge, Naoko Hasegawa, Fumiko Hirose and Kunihide Saso, Experience on Applying the Developed Safety Assessment System to Various Industries,7th Int. Conf. Probabilistic Safety Management in Berlin, 2004.
  • Kenichi Takano, Naoko Hasegawa, Kunihide Saso, Tadafumi Tsuge and Kenichi Hayase, Development and applications of a safety assessment system for promoting safety culture in NPPs,6th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics, Operations and Safety, 2004.
  • Kenichi Takano, Naoko Hasegawa, Fumiko Hirose, Tadafumi Tsuge, and Kunihide Saso, The Development of the Organizational Safety Evaluation System,International Symposium on Future Instrument and Control for NPP, 2002.


  • Ohshima Prize(Distinguished Paper Award) 2000 Japanese Ergonomics Society
  • CRIEPI Director Prize 1989, 1990, 1999

Academic Affiliations

  • Professional Advising Member: Japan Nuclear Technology Institute (JANTI)
  • Academic Advisor :Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association (JISHA)
  • Japan Society for Safety Engineering (JSSE)
  • Japan Ergonomics Society
  • Atomic Energy Society of Japan
  • Human Interface Society
  • International Journal: Cognition, Technology & Work

Research Groups

  • Laboratory of Organizational Management
  • Information Systems Perspective Investigation and Requirement Engineering Laboratory (INSPIRE Lab)
  • Human Dynamics Laboratory
  • Strategic Social Education System Laboratory