Division of Scientific Information and Public Policy

Information Analysis Team

Unit Leader

Deputy Divisional Director


Status : Prof.
Research Field : Risk analysis, Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI)

He graduated from Kyoto University with a Ph.D. (Economics) degree in 1998. He has worked for the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) from 1998 to 2014, specialized in the risk assessment and economic analysis of environmental, safety and health regulations. He moved to the University of Tokyo in 2014 as a project professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP). Then, he moved to Osaka University in 2017. He works for the Institute for Datability Science and Research Center on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues, Osaka University. His research focuses on addressing risks stemming from ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) accompanying research and development of emerging technologies, big data analytics and Artificial Intelligence.

Research Activities

・Regulatory science linking science and policy

・Improving the regulatory development process using Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA)

・Identifying and addressing the ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) of emerging technologies

・Developing and implementing privacy impact assessment (PIA) methodologies.


1. Atsuo Kishimoto, Public attitudes and institutional changes in Japan following nuclear accidents, in Balleisen, Edward J., Lori S. Bennear, Kimberly D. Krawiec, Jonathan B. Wiener eds. Policy shock : recalibrating risk and regulation after oil spills, nuclear accidents and financial crises. Cambridge University Press, 2017.

2. Atsuo Kishimoto, Redefining safety in the era of risk trade-off and sustainability. Journal of Risk Research 16(3-4): 369-377, 2013.

3. Masahiro Sugiyama, Hiroshi Deguchi, Arisa Ema, Atsuo Kishimoto, Junichiro Mori, Hideaki Shiroyama, Roland W. Scholz, Unintended side effects of digital transition: Perspectives of Japanese experts. Sustainability (Switzerland) 9(12) 2193 2017.

4. Ryuma Shineha, Yusuke Inoue, Tsunakuni Ikka, Atsuo Kishimoto, Yoshimi Yashiro. Science communication in regenerative medicine: Implications for the role of academic society and science policy. Regenerative Therapy 7: 89-97, 2017.

5. Makoto Ema, Karin Sorig Hougaard, Atsuo Kishimoto, Kazumasa Honda, Reproductive and developmental toxicity of carbon-based nanomaterials: A literature review. Nanotechnology 10(4): 391-412, 2016.

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