2015-16 Visitors

Makoto Nakamaru,
Chief Producer of News Production Center, News Department, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Sep 15-Nov 14, 2015. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
I'm a producer of a TV news program, constantly facing deadlines, lots of material, and viewers who are both demanding and fickle. With people spending more and more time on the internet, they are losing interest in television. To survive, the television industry has to adapt. I have the experience to make compelling reports for the existing television format. Now I have to learn how to create reports that appeal to a web-savvy, tech-driven society. While at Stanford, I want to investigate technologies and techniques that will help me do that.

Hirohisa Hanawa, News Department, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Sep 15–Nov 14, 2015. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
I am concerned about how traditional broadcasters can adopt  to the changes of the digital revolution. Broadcasters must create new business models and new methods in journalism. My mission is to deliver useful and accurate information that the audience wants, and to provide excellent experiences to the world at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Many of the new technologies and services  produced in Silicon Valley provide great tools for traditional media and journalism. I want to find new ways to communicate effectively with the audience that broadcast stations will require in the future.

Takeshi Kurihara, Political News Reporter, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Oct 21-Dec 20, 2015. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept
New media have changed the traditional concept of the conventional unilateral mass media, creating a new media landscape for the next generation of journalists. Faced with new cost-competitive strategies, the old fashioned business model is dying. My focus is on where this market-driven media revolution is leading us to. Will new reporting services based on consumer demand capture the global market, and will they replace existing large media monopolies? Will this restructuring lead to an expansion of the total size of the media market? And how can the legacy media transform their organizations to find their position as competitive players in the new field. 

Sabine Remdisch, Institute for Performance Management, Leuphana Univ of Lüneburg, Germany.
Oct 2015 – March 2016. Hosted by Prof. Larry Leifer, CDR.
Digitalization is one of the biggest challenges facing companies today. Becoming a digital organization calls for building leadership capabilities to envision and drive the transformation. The transformation entails a big cultural shift, one in which leaders will be key actors, who promote disruption and innovation and create dialogue across an organization using the skills and opportunities of digital influence. The LeadershipGarage research program analyzes how leaders can be most effective in meeting the challenges and expanding the opportunities of the modern, digitally-connected work environment and a networked organization.
Nobuo Ichijo, News Department, Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Jan 4–Mar 3, 2016. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
The environment surrounding media is changing this digital age. How will technologies change the way the news media deliver news and information? News media and journalists have to provide news and documentaries to people quickly, properly and effectively by making good use of advanced technologies and smart devices. During my stay at Stanford University, I will examine the future of media as it relates to my industry.

Mamoru Ichikawa, TV program director, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Jan 21–Mar 18, 2016. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
My research theme is "How to make TV programs survive in new media world". During my stay at H-STAR, I want to learn how to optimize TV programs for many kinds of media, and how to create new style of storytelling to get attention from Millennials. In addition to that, I'm also interested in new healthcare technologies and services produced in Silicon Valley (e.g. Healthcare and Virtual Reality), because of my career as healthcare journalist for more than 10 years.

Koji Fukada, Programming Dept., ETV Channel, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Apr 10–Jun 10, 2016. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
My research focuses on how to distribute our content to several TV channels appropriately by technologies. The media environment is changing rapidly and drastically. TV viewers are decreasing in Japan as well as other countries. As people become more familiar with digital media, the find that satisfies their desires, and their interest in TV decreases. To respond to our viewers' changing needs, we must optimize our content for additional media, such as smartphone and PC. While at H-STAR, I am researching the way to distribute our content to digital media effectively and efficiently.

Pietro Supino, Publisher & Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tamedia, Zurich, Switzerland.
Apr 10 - Jul 2, 2016. Hosted by Prof. Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
Technological development and globalization are changing the base on which traditional mass media companies, and newspaper publishers in particular, used to operate, causing uncertainty but also offering new opportunities. My challenges are to better understand how journalism and the media industry can benefit from the technological development, how legacy media businesses can reinvent themselves, and how their knowledge can be applied to new fields of activities. I am interested in ideas, their potentials, the people behind, their motivations, and culture as an enabling factor.


Momo Taniwaki, Designer, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Apr 10–Jun 10, 2016. Working with Prof Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
My project has two goals. First, how do those of us in broadcasting design the best UX and UI for users? Engagement with video content changes dramatically, and we need to understand the underlying drivers. To do this, we need effective ways to collect insights from people, and must make effective and perhaps novel use of the available technologies to deliver video content that encourage engagement between people and media. Second, where can innovation occur, and how? Even though the interface is continuously changing, the demand for good content does not change. I hope to find insights by looking at the nature of innovation in Silicon Valley.