Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University


About APU

OTAKE Toshitsugu

Dean, College of International Management and the Graduate School of Management
Trustee, The Ritsumeikan Trust

Dean Toshitsugu Otake holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University, as well as degrees in economics, mathematics, and statistics from American and Japanese institutions. Dean Otake was selected as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and received the PhD Outstanding Research Award for his work at Iowa State.

After receiving his PhD, Dean Otake established a risk management data analysis and consulting firm that analyzed and developed mathematical models for risk management in the international and domestic operations of foreign financial institutions in Japan. The firm received a top A grade from “Kigyo nara Nara! Business Plan,” an initiative of Nara Prefecture.

Dean Otake joined the College of International Management in 2009. Before coming to APU, he was a Part-time Lecturer at Osaka Sangyo University’s Graduate School of Economic Study for Modern Economic Systems, and an Advisor and Lecturer at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology. He has been the Dean of both APM and GSM since 2015 and is now in his second term. Dean Otake became the first representative of the APU chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for AACSB accredited business schools. The APU chapter is the first group organized in Japan.

Dean Otake’s research interests include financial risk management, logistics engineering, the role of credit information organizations, and the use of FinTech. Recently, he has been engaged in collaborative research on the special characteristics of Global Niche Top companies designated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.

Dean Otake is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, the American Risk and Insurance Association, and the Institute of Actuaries of Japan. His work has been published in the European Journal of Operational Research, Computers & Operations Research, the Journal of Policy Informatics, and others.