President of MM Research Institute
Waichi Sekiguchi, member of APCO’s International Advisory Council, is president of MM Research Institute, a Japanese research and consulting firm catering to the information and communication technology (ICT) industry, and previously served as editorial writer for Nikkei, parent company of Financial Times. Mr. Sekiguchi joined Nikkei in 1982 and covered the ICT industry and cyberspace issues over 30 years and wrote editorials for Nikkei as an editorial writer for 15 years. He interviewed many CEOs in the industry including Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, John Sculley, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell, Erich Schmidt, Marc Benioff, Marc Andreessen, Meg Whitman, Ginni Rometty, Jack Welch and Jeff Immelt.
As a Washington correspondent during the Bush and Clinton Administrations in the early 1990s, Mr. Sekiguchi covered U.S. trade and government policies. He was a Fulbright fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University in the late 1980s and was a chief writer for the English edition of the Nikkei. Mr. Sekiguchi served as a news commentator for a NHK World TV program “Nikkei Japan Report” and was a main caster at a BS TV Tokyo program “NIKKEI × BS Live.”
Mr. Sekiguchi graduated from Hitotsubashi University and served as a visiting professor at University of Tokyo for five years, and at Hosei University Business School for 15 years. He is now a visiting professor at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM) at the International University of Japan. He works as an advisory board of the Japanese government ICT related councils and organizations such as JPCERT/CC and the Fifth Generation Mobile Communication Promotion Forum (5GMF).
Mr. Sekiguchi wrote many books, including “NTT Global Strategy for 2030,” “Reimagining Japan,” “Cyberspace Revolution,” “Pioneers of Japanese PC Industry,” and “Savvy Search Technique.”