Vice President

Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo

Activities at RIETI


Geopolitics, Economic Security, Trade Policy, Energy and Environment Policy, Digital Innovation Policy

Research Projects


1996 LL.M., Columbia Law School
1992 Graduated from Legal Research and Training Institute
1987 B.A. Law, University of Tokyo


2021 Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo
2020 Vice President, RIETI
2019 Director General for Trade Policy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
2015 Director General, Multilateral Trade System Department, METI
2013 Cabinet Counsellor, the Government Headquarter for the TPP, Cabinet Secretariat
2012 Cabinet Counsellor, Office of Assistant Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary
2011 Director, Creative Industries Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI
2010 Director, Cool Japan Promotion Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI
2007 Director, Asia and Pacific Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI
2005 Director, Office for International Economic Dispute Settlement, METI
2003 Counsellor, the Japanese Delegation to the OECD
2001 Director, Policy Planning Office, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI
2000 Deputy Director, Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, MITI
1998 Deputy Director, WTO Affairs Division, Trade Policy Bureau, MITI
1987 Joined MITI

Selected Publications and Papers

  • T. Watanabe, Shiro Armstrong and Rebecca STA MARIA, "Towards an Asia-Pacific Digital Economy Governance Regime", April 2021
  • T. Watanabe, Richard Baldwin, Chad Bown at el., "Getting America Back in the Game: A Multilateral Perspective", January 2021
  • Commentaries on Unfair Competition Prevention Act, Yuhikaku, 1994 (jointly worked)
  • "Outline of the revised Unfair Competition Prevention Act," NBL, Vol. 526, 1994


Japan Association of International Economic Law (2015-2019)