Naoko Munakata has served as JPO Commissioner since July 2017. She manages JPO operations and oversees Japan's policy on patents, trademarks, and design rights. Prior to joining the JPO, she spent two years in the Prime Minister’s Office as Executive Secretary to Prime Minister Abe.
Ms. Munakata entered Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in 1984. She has worked extensively on trade policy, including the launch of negotiations for Japan's first free trade agreement and Japan's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, contributing to a higher level of trade liberalization and a more innovation-focused international environment. Her other key areas of policy involvement include economic cooperation, information technology, textile industry revitalization, and small and medium enterprises.
Ms. Munakata has published several books and articles on regional economic integration based on her research as CNAPS Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Visiting Scholar at The George Washington University’s Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and RIETI Senior Fellow.
Ms. Munakata earned her LLB from The University of Tokyo and her MBA from Harvard Business School.