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Obituary In Memory of
Mr. Norihisa SAKURAI,
ex-Vice President of the IIOA

Passed away on Tuesday 3rd February, 2015, in Japan, at the age of 57.

Mr. Norihisa Sakurai was a Senior Research Economist, Socio-economic Research Center of the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Japan. He served for the IIOA as a member of the Council Board from 2004 to 2012, and as a Vice-President from 2004 to 2009.

He made a significant academic contribution in the field of input-output economics and energy economics. While he was a Senior Economist of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), he founded a project for the development of the OECD Input-Output Database, which laid a foundation of multi-country input-output based databases of various organisations.

    "Nori was a good friend. We spent some time together in Beijing and again in Tokyo where I asked to see a Baseball All Star game in the old stadium. Although he bought the tickets, he thanked me for the opportunity later since he'd never before seen his son, who he brought along, so animated. I gather Nori's schedule did not permit much personal time with his son who was then about 11 or 12 years old.

I always viewed Nori as an "old school" Japanese business man. He was polite but politically astute. That is, he was surely well connected, socially speaking. He liked nights out with his colleagues. (I once saw him in Japan walking one evening with about 12 young Japanese scholars following him.) He clearly adored his beautiful wife and son and paid them due allegiance. And he, at least seemingly, worked hard, long hours.

I would guess his leadership in PAPAIOS has been absent for some years now as it has in the IIOA. Still, he is one of our members who has left an indelible mark on many in these associations and the RSAI. I wish his memory well, and all the best of thoughts to his family and friends."

Michael L. Lahr
Vice-President of the IIOA
Research Professor
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

23 IIOA conference will take place in Mexico City, June 23-26, 2015.

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