Gerhard Fasol – Profile – physicist and entrepreneur and Board Director in Tokyo

Gerhard Fasol

Gerhard Fasol is physicist and entrepreneur in Tokyo since 1991

fluent in Japanese (written/spoken) at Board of Director level of listed Japanese corporation.

Ludwig Boltzmann Forum, since 2009. The Ludwig Boltzmann Forum is a global leadership platform bringing science and technology to leadership, creator, owner and curator

Eurotechnology Japan KK, Founder, Chief-Producer and CEO, since 1966

Eurotechnology Japan KK is a technology focused business development, strategy and M&A advisory + implementation firm in Tokyo / Japan.
Customers include large and small American, European and Japanese corporations, investment funds, Government agencies (European Union, Government of Finland’s TEKES, Government of Japan’s JRDC) and about 10 Embassies in Tokyo.
Services for corporate customers: M&A, strategy, sales development, partnerships, and execution for Japan market entry and business expansion in Japan (for EU, American, Chinese corporations)
Globalization, market entry, strategy and business development, and implementation to Europe (for Japanese corporations)
Customer specific market research and strategy development
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Having worked since 1984 with Japan’s high-technology sector, Fasol is frequently requested to brief VIPs about Japan’s technology sector. Fasol has briefed the President of Germany, Horst Koehler, US Senator Jeff Bingaman (at that time Chairman of the Defence Committee and the Technology Committee of the US Senate), former President of the European Parliament and French Vice-Minister of Industry Mme Nicole Fontaine, the Technology Committee of the German Parliament (Bundestag), the top management team (CEO, CFO, CTO, Head of Strategy …) of telecom operator TeliaSonera and many others.

Fasol is regular commentator on CNBC about financial results and trends of Japan’s, Korean and Chinese major technology companies including Nintendo, SONY, Samsung, Sanyo, and industry sectors including telecommunications, electronics and flat panel displays.
(Some of the most recent interviews can be seen as video clips on CNBC’s internet site).

Trinity in Japan Society, Chair

(The Trinity in Japan Society is a Trinity College Cambridge Officially Recognized Group.)

Board Director and Member of the Board’s Supervisory Committee (取締役 兼 監査等委員) of GMO Cloud KK, ( March 2014 – March 2018)

GMO Cloud KK is a global SaaS and cybersecurity group, and includes the PKI Cybersecurity infrastructure group Globalsign.

(according to The Economist of June 6, 2015, there are 274 (0.7%) non-Japanese Board Directors out of 40,000 Board Directors of Japan’s 3500 publicly traded companies).

2000-2001: Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO, the International Trade organization of Japan’s industry and economics ministry METI)

Member of the advisory Board of Chairman Hatakeyama: advise on international trade issues, technology

1992 – 1996:
Japan Research Development Corporation (today: Japan Science and Technology Agency): Sakigake Research project

Principal investigator of a research project on Spin-Electronics (Elite Japanese Government research project in the Sakigake (= Pioneer) program
Fasol’s Sakigake project work has been assessed by a joint commission of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the US Deparment of Commerce, visiting Japan to evaluate the ERATO and PRESTO programs.
(Read the evaluation of Fasol’s project here)
Sakigake Project Group on structure and functionality of materials, record on JST website

1995: Nikkei SCIENCE (Japanese Version of Scientific American) and Japanese Computer Graphics Society “Computer Visualization Contest”: Second Prize

Visualization of electron wave motion through electronic nanostructure devices by numerically solving the time-dependent Schrödinger Equation (watch animations of an electron wave propagating through a nano-crystal) 「優秀賞「KGT賞」『極小・超高速半導体デバイスを設計するための量子輸送シミュレーション』」

1993-1996 Tokyo University, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Institute of Industrial Science: Associate Professor

Research group leader on new electron devices, spin-electronics. Fasol was one of the first researchers to research spin-electronics devices in Japan, submitted several patent applications on inventions for spin-electronics devices.
Main research results: invented new method to grow ultra-thin (4 nano-meter) metallic and magnetic wires, developed numeric methods to solve Schrödinger Equation in strong magnetic fields for simulation and visualization of electron wave motion in nano devices

July – Sept 1989 and 1991: Tokyo University, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), Associate Professor of the NTT Endowed Chair for Telecommunications

Starting research on spin-electronic devices as one of the first researchers in this field in Japan
Research on spin-electronic devices, and numerical simulation work

1990-1991: Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory, Laboratory manager and Chief Scientist

Research on nano electronic devices, planning and research strategy during the start-up phase of the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory

1986 – 1990: Cambridge University, UK, Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory: University Lecturer (with tenure)

Research: Raman spectroscopic laboratory with state of the art spectroscopic equipment, shared femto-second laboratory, numerical research on Gallium-Arsenide and Silicon-Germanium superlattice devices
Results: invented and developed methods to determine band structure from luminescence of electrons cascading with phone emission in ultra-fast femto second processes, characterization methods for single layer Ge-Si superlattices from phonon Raman spectroscopy, research on coupled plasmon oscillations in superlattices, investigations of single-electron excitations in coupled electron layers in superlattice devices
Research cooperation with British Telecom Laboratories, France Telecom Research, NTT research laboratories
Research funding as principal investigator for a number of British Government grants, grant by the British Council for cooperation with Spain, by the French Foreign Ministry for research cooperation with France, and many other research projects
Teaching: teaching responsibilities of Cambridge University Lecturer. 5 PhD students and several Post-Doctoral students, University lectures, post graduate lectures, practical classes, and University Examinations (undergraduate and PhD)

1988: promoted to Tenure at Cambridge University

1986 – 1990: Trinity College, Cambridge: Research Fellow, Assistant Lecturer and Director of Studies in Natural Sciences

Responsible for 24 undergraduate students as Director of Studies
Education: Trinity College supervisions

May 1990: Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris: Invited Professor

in addition: research award by the French Foreign Ministry to invite three French researchers to Fasol’s laboratory at Cambridge University

June-September 1987, June-September 1988: Visiting researcher at RIKEN, Japan, and Tokyo University, Dept of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

build research cooperation between Fasol’s lab at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, and Japanese research groups

September 1984: first visit to Japan to help build research cooperation with NTT fundamental research laboratories

Purpose: help build research cooperation between Max-Planck-Institut in Stuttgart and NTT Fundamental Research Labs

1982-1986: Max-Planck-Institut for Solid State Research (Stuttgart, Germany): Staff Research Scientist

Research on fundamental electronic and phonen properties of semiconductor superlattices using different methods of optical spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy. Major research results: characterization of coupled plasmon oscillations in superlattice devices, invented and developed methods to determine band structure information from hot electron spectroscopy

1981 – 1985: Trinity College, University of Cambridge: Research fellow

Semiconductor research

1982: Cambridge University, Trinity College: PhD in Physics

Research Thesis: time resolved spectroscopy of amorphous semiconductors (amorphous phosphorus, amorphous germanium). Main results: discovered triplet states in amorphous phosphorus, identified defect luminescense with widely different decay times, developed and built state-of-the-art equipment to measure time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy with pico-second time resolution

PhD thesis:

Time-resolved luminescence studies in amorphous phosphorus / Gerhard Ludwig Theodor Fasol.
Gerhard. Fasol ; University of Cambridge. Department of Physics.

University Library Cambridge:

1978: Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany): Diplom Thesis in Physics (awarded the Prize for the best thesis of the year by the President (Rektor) of the Ruhr-University

Diplom thesis: superconductivity of Vanadium 3 Silicon under high pressure
Developed and built equipment for electrical measurements under record high hydrostatic pressures, conducted measurements, discovered new phase transformation

Research funding record – Gerhard Fasol

  • Japan:
    • Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) /Sakigake,
    • Tokyo University (specially selected research project of the year at Institute of Industrial Science,
    • Japan research project funding record
  • UK:
    • SERC,
    • British Council,
    • Trinity College Cambridge,
    • Cambridge University,
  • France: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • EU: EU Research Cooperation project

Publication and books and patents


Vienna (Austria, EU)


  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Japanese (written, spoken, read, since 1984, functional at Board of Director level, and negotiations)
  • a little Swedish


  • Cambridge University, UK (Trinity College): PhD in Physics (Thesis: Time resolved luminescence of amorphous semiconductors)
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany: Diplom-Physiker (Thesis: Superconductivity of Vandium3Silicon under high pressures)

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