Takehiko Matsuo

Director General, National Space Policy Secretariat
Cabinet Office Japan

Mr. Takehiko Matsuo has been working as Director General, National Space Policy Secretariat of Cabinet Office (CAO) since July, 2019.

He has 31 years of experience working for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Japan and has been involved in energy policy issues throughout most of his career.

Before he was appointed to this position, he was Director General for Trade Policy of METI from 2017 to 2019.

He served as Secretary General of the Electricity and Gas Market Surveillance Commission (EGC) since its establishment in September 2015 and led the Secretariat to contribute to the successful and full liberalization of the electricity and gas retail market in Japan, as well as the launch of transmission and distribution charge system reform.

He also served as Director, General Policy Division of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy and contributed to METI’s decision-making regarding the Energy Supply and Demand Outlook for 2030, which provided fundamental mid-term policy guidance for Japan’s energy policies.

From 2013 to 2014, as Director, Budget and Accounts Division, he drafted METI’s budget.

Previously, he held the position of Counsellor of the Cabinet Secretariat from 2010 to 2012 and oversaw the Japanese government’s decision to start negotiations with TPP (Trans- Pacific Partnership Agreement) member countries to join the TPP. In addition, he supervised the adjustment of electricity supply and demand in eastern Japan in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.

From 2008 to 2010 he served as Special Adviser to the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris and contributed to the IEA’s input to the G8 Summit in 2008.

Mr. Matsuo graduated from the University of Tokyo with a degree in Law and from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, with a Master’s in International Public Policy.

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Featured Speaker: Takehiko Matsuo

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

9:45 am - 10:00 am