Engineer specialized in city planning and was the leader of the Yokohama Smart City Project, the program to turn Yokohama into a smart city. He worked in the development of the Minato Mirai 21, the city’s revitalized waterfront business district, as well as in the planning of its master plan and the railway line connecting it to central Tokyo. He also worked in the Environmental Protection Office and in the field of disaster prevention. After leading the Centre of Co-Governance & Creation, Policy Bureau in 2014, he is now Executive Director for Development Cooperation, International Affairs Bureau. Also a peer reviewer for the OECD project “Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia”, under the Green Cities Programme.
He graduated from Department of Engineering, Hokkaido University in 1980 and obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University in 1988.