Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs
Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Shinichi Kihara was appointed in July 2020 as the Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs of Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE). Mr. Kihara earned a Bachelor of Economics from University of Tokyo in 1993. He earned an MBA in 1998 from Cornell University, USA. After joining METI in 1993, he held various positions within METI, including Director for Policy Planning and Coordination Division of Trade Policy Bureau, Director for Middle East and Africa Division and Americas Division. He was also involved in energy related work including the International Affairs Division in 2004 and Nuclear Power Safety Administration Division in 1998. He served as Director for International Affairs for four years since 2012 and took the lead for the G7 Kitakyushu Energy Ministerial in 2016. Mr. Kihara served as Senior Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris since 2009. He contributed to their flagship publication, the World Energy Outlook.