Mr. Ishikawa has served as Director-General of the Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry （METI） since July 2017. As a head of the Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, he supervises policy planning and implementation in the areas of trade promotion, technical cooperation, investment facilitation, trade control and trade remedies.
Mr. Ishikawa previously served as Assistant Commissioner of the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency （ATLA） for the Ministry of Defense. His work focused on promoting international cooperation in the areas of defense equipment and technology.
As Deputy Director-General of the Commerce and Information Policy Bureau of METI from 2013 to 2015, he led efforts to improve productivity of the service industry and formulate guidelines for IT utilization and cybersecurity.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Ishikawa held several key METI posts related to industrial policy and international trade policy. He served as Executive Director of JETRO Singapore, Director of the Industrial Science and Technology Policy Division, Director of the Trade Policy Division and Director-General, Trade Control Department, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau.
Mr. Ishikawa is a graduate of the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
He was born on August 7, 1962 in Tokyo.