Hiroyuki Yoshikawa graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1956 and researched manufacturing technology at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN). In 1963 he received a Doctor of Engineering from the University of Tokyo. Since 2001 he has been President of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. He has honorary doctorates from the University of Strathclyde, the University of Twente, the University of Birmingham and NTNU-Norway, and he is a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering, the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, and the Academy of Engineering of the Czech Republic. In 1997 he was a laureate of the Japan Prize.
The vision of MJF would not be possible without the kind support of many artists including, Kari Cavén, Tony Cragg, Dorothy Cross, A K Dolven, Anne-Karin Furunes, Antony Gormley, Dan Graham, Alfredo Jaar, Anish Kapoor, Cildo Meireles, Esko Männikkö, Bjørn Nørgaard, Markus Raetz, and Gediminas Urbonas.