Technology Ecosystem

About HITE R&D Focus Area

“Human Information Technology Ecosystem(HITE)” is a research and development (R&D) focus area (Call for proposal Type) delivered by the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).This R&D focus area aims at building a society that embraces a harmonious relationship between information technology and humanity, by promoting projects that assess information technology and propose a new social system that allow human and information technologies to co-evolve. This will be achieved by constructing platforms to encourage interaction among thinkers of society and designers of technologies.


Theme of R&D

In order to achieve the area’s goal, R&D programs based on the Call for proposal themes shown in A to B-5 below are conducted. “A. Co-evolution platform” is the very output that the area wants to produce. The study of design and construction of such platforms are also included in R&D, in addition to exercises in giving social inputs into cutting edge information technologies. Approaches to application themes related to B-1 to B-5 are expected to contribute to the construction of “A. Co-evolution platform”.

Co-evolution platform


R&D on methodology to accurately identify and evaluate potential risks and benefits that can be derived from information technologies. R&D on methodology to reflect the evaluation in the human-centric design of information technologies.



R&D to identify legal issues and to recommend legal actions in order to reduce potential negative risks that can be derived from information technologies and to maximize the potential benefits.



R&D to identify potential ethical and philosophical issues surrounding emerging information technologies and to provide guidelines to address them.



R&D to maximize benefits by reducing potential negative risks that can be derived from information technologies.



R&D to learn how to respond to changes in the society where information technologies are becoming widespread and to empower humans to make use of them

Technology development from the human-centered perspective


Experimental study of the human-centered technology development with awareness of social demands from the upper phase in the development process and through communication with multiple stakeholders. In collaboration with other competitive research funds, carry out research into the issues and measures for the human-centered concept in specific technology developments.

List of Management Group

Name Professional affiliation Duty position
Program Supervisor
Jiro Kokuryo Keio University Professor of the Faculty of Policy Management
Deputy Program Supervisor
Hideaki Shiroyama Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo Professor
Koichi Kume Department of Policy Studies, Faculty of Economics, Toyo University Associate professor
Yasuko Kohno Consumers Japan Secretary General
Kaoru Sunada Center for Global Communications, International University of Japan Executive Research Fellow
Norihisa Doi Keio University Professor Emeritus
Toru Nishigaki Faculty of Communication Studies, Tokyo Keizai University Professor
Yukihiro Nobuhara Graduate Schools of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo Professor
Hitoshi Matsubara Future University Hakodate Vice-President
Tsuyoshi Maruyama Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University Specially Appointed Professor
Fumihiro Murakami ICT and Media Strategy Group, Social ICT Division, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. Chief Researcher
Yuko Murakami Graduate School / Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University Associate Professor