Keiji Tachikawa

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Keiji Tachikawa
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Keiji Tachikawa in 2008
Born May 27, 1939
Gifu Prefecture, Japan
Residence Japan
Citizenship Japanese
Alma mater University of Tokyo (BS, PhD)
MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA)
Occupation President, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Keiji Tachikawa (立川 敬二, Tachikawa Keiji, born May 27, 1939 in Gifu Prefecture) is the president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Keiji Tachikawa was born in Gifu Prefecture on May 27, 1939. He graduated from University of Tokyo, Department of Electrical Engineering School of Engineering, in 1962.[1] In 1978, he earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.[1] In 1982, he earned a Ph.D Engineering degree in University of Tokyo.[1]

Tachikawa joined Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) in 1962 as a young engineering graduate.[1] He later joined NTT's subsidiary, NTT DoCoMo, and served as its president from 1998 to 2004.[1][2]

In 2004, Tachikawa became president of JAXA, to restructure the agency after a 2003 H-IIA rocket launch failure.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Expectation for Future Mobile Multimedia". The 2nd Nikkei Global Management Forum. Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "World Business Quick Take: NTT DoCoMo gets new boss". The Taipei Times. May 15, 2004. Retrieved 23 September 2011.