About System Innovation Lab.
About System Innovation Lavoratory

Welcome to Minato Laboratory's official website. We are the research laboratory that belongs to the Graduate School of Technology Management, Ritsumeikan University, located in Osaka, Japan.

The Minato lab. is offering cutting edge research opportunities both for students and practitioners in the field of technology and innovation management. We welcome both masters and doctoral students from all over the world. We can provide research supervision in English as well for those who are not native Japanese speakers.


We believe that curiosity is a key to success for everything. Therefore, the lab members select their research topics according to their own interests and knowledge background as long as it has a certain linkage with technology and innovation management. For example, our students conduct researches in various fields such as aerospace, automobile, aircraft, air transportation, information and communication technology, healthcare, energy, infrastructure, tourism, sports, entertainment, and leadership and so on. The diversity is our strength as well.


We are looking forward to your application and working together in the near future.

Nobuaki Minato

Prof. Dr. Nobuaki Minato studied at Waseda University (1995-1999) in Tokyo, Japan, Occidental College (1997-1998) in California, U.S.A., and Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Toulouse (2006-2007) in Toulouse, France. He holds a MBA degree in Aerospace Management (ESCT), for which he won the Best Performance Award, and holds a Ph.D. in System Engineering (Keio University). He started his professional career at the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) in 2000 and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA, 2003-2009). He moved to academia in 2009 as a faculty member of the Graduate School of System Design and Management (SDM), Keio University, Japan (2009-2015). He is currently a professor of the Graduate School of Technology Management (MOT), Director of the Global MOT Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, and appointed for Technical Advisor of Technology Strategy Center, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

After being involved in space development projects at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Professor Minato studied aerospace management at the Ecole Superieure de Commece de Toulouse (ESTC) and involved in aerospace marketing practices at Avion de Transport Reginal (ATR), Toulouse, France. Currently, he focuses more on technological marketing studies so as to analyze the future potential of cutting-edge science and technology beyond the domains of aerospace. He uses the methodology ‘Systems Approach’ and ‘System Dynamics’ to design innovative solutions for socio-technical problems and he is making considerable achievements in academic and collaborative researches with well-known enterprises. Now he is carrying a leadership program on Space Flight Resource Management (SFRM), which is originated from NASA’s astronaut trainings. He has been received several international prizes; the French Aeronautics and Space Industry Award from Groupement des industries françaises aéronautiques et spatiales (GIFAS), France, in 2006, the Best Paper Award from International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) in 2015 and the Academic Society Award from Japan Association for Management Science (JAMS) in 2016.

E-mail Address/Telephone

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Major Publication
  1. Minato, N. et al. (2017). Evolutionary Processes Analysis on Cyber Physical System Concept in Aeronautical Industry, The Journal of Science Policy and Research Management, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp.293-308.

  2. Aminah, F., Mohamed, N., Minato, N. (2017). A system dynamic analysis of the healthcare resources in Malaysia. International Journal of Japanese Association of Management System (IJAMS), Vol. 9, Issue 1, pp.61-69.

  3. Minato, N. (2016). Symbiotic management of regional air transport with airway securitization. Journal of Japan Association for Management Systems, Vol.34, No.2, pp.177-184.

  4. Aminah, F., Mohamed, Minato, N., Ishida, S. Norashidah Mohamed Nor (2016). Social Environment Determinants of Life Expectancy in Developing Countries: A Panel Data Analysis. Global Journal of Health Science, Vol 9 (5), pp.105-117.

  5. Minato, N. (2016). Does a Company Fail to Manage a Corporate Scandal? International Journal of Japan Association for Management Systems. Volume 8, No.1, December 2016, pp. 17-26.

  6. Minato, N., Morimoto, R. (2016). Dynamically interdependent business model for airline–airport coexistence. Journal of Air Transport Management. (Available Online on August 9th).

  7. Minato, N. (2015). Socio-economic Impact Evaluation Model for Futuristic Aerospace R&D Project. Japanese Journal of System Dynamics. Volume 13-14, pp.1-16.

  8. Minato, N., Morimoto, R. (2015). A dynamically inter-dependent business model for airline and airport coexistence. International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA 2015), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. China. December 2015. (with Best Paper Award)

  9. Minato, N. (2013). Integrated methodology for business model design and evaluation using Business Model Canvas and System Dynamics. Japanese Journal of System Dynamics. Volume 12, pp.41-56.

  10. Minato, N., Morimoto, R. (2012). Collaborative management of regional air transport during natural disasters: Case of the 2011 East Japan earthquake and tsunami. Research in Transport Business and Management. Research in Transport Business and Management.Vol.4, pp.13-21.

  11. Okamura, S., Minato, N. (2012). Big Society: the deterrent against the dynamics of government debt expansion. Japanese Journal of System Dynamics. Volume 11, pp.17-32.

  12. Minato, N., Morimoto, R. (2011). Policy design for sustainable regional air transport using load factor guarantee. Japanese Journal of System Dynamics. Volume 10, pp. 13-24.

  13. Minato, N., Morimoto, R. (2011). Designing commercial sustainability of unprofitable regional airport using system dynamics analysis. Research in Transport Business and Management. Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.80-90.

  14. Minato, N., Morimoto, R. (2011). Sustainable airline strategy using portfolio theory: A case study of remote island in Japan. Journal of Air Transport Management. Volume 17, Issue 3, pp.195-198.

  15. Minato, N. (2010). Evaluating Competitive Advantage of a New Product for Designing Successful Product Differentiation. INCOSE 2010. Chicago, U.S.A. July 2010.

  16. Ohkami, Y., Minato, N. (2010). Redesigning Technical Matrix Structure for INCOSE Paper Review. INSIGHT. Volume13, Issue 1. April 2010. P13-15.