Jun Murai

Distinguished Professor, Keio University
Founder, WIDE Project
Photography by Kazutoshi Murata

Jun Murai received his Ph.D. in Computer Science, Keio University in 1987, majored in Computer Science, the Internet and Computer Communication. He established JUNET (Japan University UNIX Network), the first network in Japan connecting multiple universities, in 1984. In 1988, established the WIDE (Widely Integrated Distributed Environment) Project, a Japanese Internet research consortium. Has long been engaged in research related to Internet technology platforms, and is known as the Father of the Internet in Japan and in international circles as the Internet Samurai. 

He is a Special Advisor to the Cabinet in Japan, an Advisor to the Digital Agency, chairs and serves on many other governmental committees, and is active in numerous international scientific associations.  

He was a Member of Internet Architecture Board (IAB) from 1993-1995, Board of trustee of Internet Society (ISOC) from 1997-2000, Board of Director of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from1998-2000. He was inducted into The 2013 Internet Hall of Fame (Pioneer)/ 2011 IEEE Internet Award / 2005 Jonathan B. Postel Service Award / 2019 the Knight of the Legion of Honor by the French Government. 

[Brief Biography] 

1987: received Ph.D. in Computer Science, Keio University
1984: Assistant, Computer Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology 
1987: Assistant, Computer Center, The University of Tokyo 
1990: Associate Professor., Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University 
1997-2000: Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University 
1999-2005: Executive Director, Keio Research Institute at SFC, Keio University 
2005-2009: Vice-President, Keio University 
2009-2017: Dean, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University 
2017-2019: Dean, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University 
2018- Co-Director, Keio University Cyber Civilization Research Center 
2020- Distinguished Professor, Keio University