The below information is as of February 28, 2021. It may differ from the current information.



Faculty Fellow (until February 28, 2021)

Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo

Activities at RIETI


Intellectual Property Management, Technology Transfer, Science and Technology Policy

Research Projects


1994 Ph.D. in Engineering, Inorganic Material Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
1984 Masters in Engineering, Inorganic Material Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology


2012 Professor, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, University of Tokyo
2001 Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo
1984 Basic Research Center, TOTO Ltd.

Selected Publications and Papers

Comprehensive list of activities

Recent publications (Personal website)

Working Papers
Ayano Fujiwara & Toshiya Watanabe "The effect of researcher mobility on organizational R&D performance: researcher mobility and innovation," IAM Discussion Paper Series No.32.

Papers Published in Refereed Journals
Yuri Hirai, Toshiya Watanabe and Atsushi Inuzuka, "Empirical analysis of the effect of Japanese university spinoffs' social networks on their performance," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol.80, No.6, pp.1119-1128, 2013.

T. Watanabe, "Technology Licensing from University to Industry in Japan," Chapter 10, in Series on Innovation and Knowledge Management, vol.10.

"The dynamics of regional innovation, policy change in Europe and Japan," edited by Yveline Lecler et.al. World Scientific Publishing, 225-244(2012).