Arata Ichikawa is a professor of decision and information systems, since 1994, at the School of Economics, Ryutsu Keizai University located in Greater Tokyo. He graduated from the post-graduate course of engineering, Kogakuin University, New Downtown Tokyo in 1971.

His research interests in decision-making based on simulation and gaming originated from participation in an US-Japan political gaming simulation conducted by the East-West Center, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, US in 1973. He studied and did research under American Management Program at the Japan-America Institute of Management Science, Honolulu, Hawaii, US in 1973, the Institute of Safty and Systems Management, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, US as a Fulbright Fellow in 1983-4, the School of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, US in 1992-3, and the School of Information, University of Michigan, Michigan, US in 2002-3.

He was one of the organizers of the Japan Association of Simulation and Gaming in 1989. He served as financial chair of the International Conference 1991 of the International Simulation and Gaming Association and again as public relations chair of the International Conference 2003 of the International Simulation and Gaming Association. He is currently a vice-president of the Japan Associaion of Simulation and Gaming.

Those who are interested in Human-computer Decision Systems built on gaming simulation can come into contact with him.