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Deputy Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry

Taizo Takahashi
Deputy Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

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Mr. Taizo Takahashi has served as Deputy Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) since July 2016. He manages budgets, personnel affairs, and policy evaluation at METI and is instrumental in planning, designing and implementing METI policies.

Mr. Takahashi previously served as Deputy Commissioner of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, where he worked to create a new energy mix, enact system reforms, and facilitate the decommissioning and contaminated water management at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to accelerate the reconstruction of Fukushima Prefecture.

In his role as Personnel Division Director at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, Mr. Takahashi’s successful planning and coordination were critical to mobilizing the organization’s early response to disaster-affected areas. In his subsequent role as Director-General of the Electricity and Gas Industry Department of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Mr. Takahashi led efforts to further nuclear policy development.

Since joining METI, Mr. Takahashi has assumed various posts including Executive Assistant to the Minister, Director of the Industrial Machinery Division, and Member of the Policy Planning Committee at the Policy Planning and Coordination Division of the Minister’s Secretariat.

During his early career at METI, Mr. Takahashi worked abroad and within the Bank of Japan to further his academic and professional development. Leveraging this experience, he has engaged in policymaking across a variety of fields, including commodity trading, transaction credit systems and taxation on SMEs.

Mr. Takahashi is a graduate of the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law.

He was born on September 15, 1962 in Tokyo.

Last updated:2016-07-12
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