ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2010
Yasushi Akahoshi

Yasushi Akahoshi

Director, Americas Division, Trade Policy Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

In July 2008, Yasushi Akahoshi took up his new post as Director, Americas Division, at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of the Government of Japan. In this position, he is responsible for bilateral and multilateral issues involving countries in North America and in Latin America. As Director, Mr. Akahoshi contributed to strengthen Japan-U.S. economic relations such as launch of Japan-U.S. Cooperation on Clean Energy Technologies in November 2009 as well as launch of U.S.-Japan Dialogue to Promote Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Job Creation in May 2010.

Previously, he served as the Regional Representative of METI for Asia, stationed at the JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) Singapore Centre (2004-2007). There, he was in charge of various issues related to evolving relationships among Asian countries and Japan.

His prior Ministry experience has been mainly composed of several assignments in Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, such as in his role as Director for Policy Planning, and international trade/investment affairs, including being the Deputy Director of Multilateral Trade System Department. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Director of the Ministry’s Public Relations Office, where he assisted the Minister.

He joined the Ministry in April 1987 after receiving a Bachelor of Law, from Tokyo University. He also attended the International Career Associates Program at IR/PS (School of International Relations and Pacific Studies) at University of California, San Diego (1993-1994).

He is married and has one son.

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