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Yasukazu Irino

Japan External Trade Organization

Executive Vice President

Mr. Yasukazu Irino has been Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) since October 2017. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Mr. Irino graduated with a Law degree from Tokyo University and upon graduation he joined METI in 1987. After then, he has held various positions including experience working overseas as visiting fellow at Stanford University in the US and Commercial Counsellor at Embassy of Japan in UK, Head of Singapore Office, Chief Representative for Asia and Oceania at NEXI Singapore, assigned by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). In Japan, he worked as Senior Fellow at Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, Director of Small and Medium-sizes Enterprise Agency, and Natural Resources and Energy Agency in METI. He also worked as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of State of METI and Chief Representative for Parliament affairs at Minister's Secretariat of METI, Director General of Planning Department at JETRO to assist Japanese local governments and small and medium enterprises to expand their exports of agricultural, industrial and other products to overseas' market.