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Jetro Bangkok names Taketani as new chief

Jul 12. 2019
Atsushi Taketani brings a scholarly background to his role as president of Jetro Bangkok.
Atsushi Taketani brings a scholarly background to his role as president of Jetro Bangkok.
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By The Nation

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Jetro Bangkok has named Atsushi Taketani as president, replacing Hiroki Mitsumata, who is returning to Japan.

Taketani said he recognises the company’s roles to advance the bilateral economic relationship on trade and investment between Thailand and Japan. 

In the regional context, the company is making concerted efforts with Thailand to expand the cooperation and partnership into neighbouring countries for sustainable growth.

Taketani said the company would  promote more startups and innovation activities and to upgrade industries in line with the Thai government’s economic policies under Thailand 4.0.

He will focus on enhancing more cross-border connectivity within the region, as Thailand is a gateway to neighbouring countries.

Taketani joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI, now known as  METI) in Japan in 1990. In his  almost 30 years at METI, he has served in many positions related to policy areas such as the economy, industry, energy and environment, including as the  director of the Global Environment Affairs Office in 2008, director of Electric Device Industry Strategy Office in 2009, director of the gas market division in the  Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) in 2012 and director of the petroleum refining and reserves division in 2013. Prior to coming to Jetro Bangkok, he was deputy commissioner for international affairs of ANRE, in METI.

In 2006 he was counsel for the economy, trade and industry at the Japanese embassy in the US and in 2015, he was director general of the planning department at the weekend Jetro head office in Japan.

Taketani earned a bachelor’s degree in laws from University of Tokyo in 1990 and his master’s degree in political science from Stanford University in 1997.

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