Detailed Biography

Makiko Yamada

Director General
Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications

Makiko Yamada serves as Director-General for the Global ICT Strategy Bureau for the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC). She began her career in the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in 1984 and serves as the Deputy Mayor for Setagaya City. She brings extensive experience in international telecommunications policy and in 2013 made history as the first woman to serve as one of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s secretaries. She graduated from Waseda University’s School of Law and the London School of Economics.

Jonathan McHale

Deputy Assistant, USTR
Telecommunications Policy

Jonathan R. McHale is the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for telecommunications and electronic commerce policy. He has nearly twenty years of experiencing working on telecommunications and digital services trade policy at USTR, specifically in the areas of policy development, negotiation, enforcement, and dispute settlement. Notably, he is the lead negotiator for telecommunications and electronic commerce issues in the Trans- Pacific Partnership FTA, and U.S-China Bilateral Investment Treaty negotiations. He also leads the implementation and enforcement of telecommunications and electronic commerce chapters in concluded FTAs, the formulation of policy on trade-related aspects of electronic commerce in WTO and regional organizations, and the enforcement telecommunications trade commitments in the WTO. Prior to joining USTR, McHale served as an economic officer at the Department of State in Tokyo, Washington D.C. and Paris. He holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. in international relations from Columbia University.

Nikolas Smith

Senior Advisor, Office of International Communications & Information Policy
U.S. Department of State

Nikolis R. Smith serves as the Senior Advisor to the Ambassador and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB). In this role, Mr. Smith is responsible with developing and advising the Ambassador on U.S. international policy positions related to Internet, ICT, telecommunications, economic and trade issues, intellectual property, cyber security, data privacy, and Internet governance. Prior to joining the Economic Bureau, Mr. Smith served as the Budget Performance Officer for the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs. He managed a $1.4 billion budget formulation process in the Office of Regional and Security Policy (EAP/RSP) and administered the final submission to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the President’s annual Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ). Mr. Smith served as the Special Assistant to the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he assisted with developing and implementing government-wide acquisition polices supporting over $500 billion in spending by the United States government for three fiscal years. In this capacity, he also advised former U.S. Chief Information Officer, Steven VanRoekel, and represented OMB on E-Gov initiatives in bilateral meetings for Japanese delegations focusing on Information and Communication Technology.

Mitsuhiro Hishida

Director Multilateral Economic Affairs

Mr. Mitsuhiro Hishida has been Director of Multilateral Economic Affairs Office, Global ICT Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) since 2012. In his current position, he is in charge of negotiation for multilateral issues in the ICT field, including OECD, APEC, WTO, TPP, and other EPAs.

Jun Miura

Director, Second North America Division

Bio Pending

Keiichi Higuchi

Senior Coordinator, Second North America Division

Joined the Japan Foreign Ministry in 1988, served in overseas missions in Canberra, Geneva and Washington, D.C., has held positions closely related to trade-issues. Currently responsible for Japan-US, and Japan-Canada economic relations. Like to ride bicycles and to swim besides travelling.

Takashi Yoshizawa

Director for FTA/EPA NEgotiations

1994 Joined MITI(Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Japan)
2009-2013 Economic Counselor, Embassy of Japan in Indonesia
2013- Director for FTA/EPA Negotiations, METI(Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan)

Yoshiaki Takeuchi

Deputy Director General for IT Strategy

Bio Pending