Jun-ichiro Inoue was born in 1947 in Kyoto, Japan. He obtained his PhD in 1977 from Nagoya University. He joined Nagoya University as assistant professor and later became associate professor and then professor. He retired from Nagoya University in 2011. At present, Dr. Inoue is emeritus professor at Nagoya University and a project research member at Tohoku University and the University of Tsukuba.