Leadership and Contributions Established the Internet in Japan and the Asia-Pacific Region.


Leadership and Contributions Established the Internet in Japan and the Asia-Pacific Region

PISCATAWAY, N.J., 29 March 2011 – Jun Murai, a computer scientist considered to be the “Father of Japanese Internet” for his contributions to deployment in that country and a leader of global Internet initiatives, is being honored by IEEE with the 2011 IEEE Internet Award. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional association.

The award, sponsored by Nokia Corporation, recognizes Murai for leadership in the development and deployment of the global Internet, especially across the Asia-Pacific region. The award will be presented on 12 April 2011 at the IEEE Conference on Computer Communications in Shanghai, China

< Known for his technical expertise and broad vision, Murai established the Japanese University Network (JUNET) in 1984, which was a UNIX-based academic network connecting Japanese universities. This played an important role in Japan’s Internet development, serving as its cornerstone. In 1988, Murai evolved JUNET into the WIDE (Widely Integrated Distributed Environment) Project¸ an academic consortium serving as a foundation for research, development, operations and industrial innovation in computer communications. WIDE was the first transfer control protocol/Internet protocol (IP) network in the Asia-Pacific region and became the backbone of Japan’s Internet.

Murai was instrumental in launching the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) and the first Internet exchange point in Japan (internet exchange points improve routing efficiency between ISP networks). The WIDE Project also initiated work on standard Japanese character coding for the Internet , utilized by Japanese Internet users every day, and IPv6 (the next IP designed to alleviate eventual Internet address exhaustion). He also has contributed to Internet-related multimedia and satellite communication technologies.

Murai was the first president of the Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC), which is a nonprofit organization tasked with handling IP address and domain name registration. He also played a major role in developing the Asia-Pacific NIC (APNIC). He has contributed to the internationalization of the Internet e-mail system (including non-English language support), the worldwide deployment of domain name systems and the Internet and the internationalization of various forms of UNIX.

An IEEE Associate Member, Murai is also a Fellow of the Information Processing Society of Japan. He has received numerous awards from the Japanese government and international technical organizations, including the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award and the Funai Achievement Award. Murai has been a board member of both the Internet Society and the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. From 2000 to 2009, he served as an expert group member for the Prime Minister’s Cabinet IT Strategic Headquarters (Japan). Murai chairs the Asian Internet Interconnection Initiatives (AI3) Project and the School on Internet Asia (SOI-Asia) Project. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and master’s and doctorate degrees in computer science, all from Keio University, Kanagawa, Japan. He is currently the dean of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies at Keio University.

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