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Kazuo Oike serves as President of Kyoto University.  He has held the position since 2003.  His positions at Kyoto University have included vice president from 2001 to 2003; director, Former Research Center for Sports Science from 2001 to 2003; dean, Graduate School of Science from 1997 to 1999; professor of seismology, Graduate School of Science from 1988 to 2003; associate professor, Disaster Prevention Research Institute from 1973 to 1988; and assistant professor, Disaster Prevention Research Institute from 1963 to 1973.


Dr. Oike’s scientific contributions include founding an observation network of micro-earthquakes in the Inner Zone of southwestern Japan to study the stress field.  He has researched deep earthquakes, including multiple shocks; triggering phenomena of shallow earthquakes, including precursory phenomena and short-term predictions; and the stress field in East and in Southeast Asia, including the seismically active period in southwestern Japan from historical data of earthquakes. He formerly served as chairman of the Seismological Society of Japan. He earned B.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees in Geophysics from Kyoto University.