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Thursday Lunch Host Speaker Series

Japan hosted both the W3C and the IETF in adjacent weeks this month (November 2015).

Topic: Japan x Internet

The decision to host both meetings was made as a part of a strategy to work in new ways on the development of the Internet, because we are all facing a completely new set of Internet usage and requirements.

Mr. Murai will provide an overview of what Japan has done and is continuing to do for the Internet, and will also discuss emerging Internet requirements and some of the issues and challenges that must be faced. 
Specific discussion topics include the following: an architecture of the Internet, IoT, Big Data and A.I., and video streams on the Internet. In addition, Mr. Murai will also provide his views on the very rapid extension of new areas of applications of the Internet.

Finally, Mr. Murai will provide some information on the new transpacific 100G cable, and will lead a discussion of the role of the National Research and Education network (NREN) in the future. 


  • Room: 304 502 (overflow seating in 501)
  • Thursday, November 5, 2015
  • Time: 12:00 – 12:45
  • Lunch will NOT be provided. 
Jun Murai

Biography of speaker: Jun Murai

Dr. Jun Murai is known as the 'father of the Internet in Japan,' and outside of Japan has also been called the 'Internet samurai.' In 1984 he developed the Japan University UNIX Network (JUNET), the first-ever inter-university network in that nation. In 1988, he founded the Widely Integrated Distributed Environment Project, a Japanese Internet research consortium, for which he continues to serve as a board member. He is a professor and dean of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies at Keio University, from which he earned his PhD in computer science in 1987. He served as President of the Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC) and as Vice President of the Japanese Internet Association. He served on the Internet Society's Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2000. In 1998, he was appointed as one of nine initial directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and served until June 2003. He won the 2005 Internet Society's Jonathan B. Postel Service Award in recognition of his vision and pioneering work that helped spread the Internet across the Asia  Pacific region. He was honored with the 2011 Institute of Electrical and  Electronics Engineers Internet Award.