Naoko Munakata

Special Adviser, Japan Patent Office

Received an LLB from the University of Tokyo and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Served as Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office until July 2019, spent two years in the Prime Minister’s Office as Executive Secretary to Prime Minister Abe, and, while at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, worked extensively on trade policy, including the launch of negotiations for Japan's first free trade agreement and Japan's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Also deeply involved in economic cooperation, information technology, revitalization of the textile industry, and small and medium enterprises. Has published books and articles on regional economic integration based on her research as CNAPS Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Visiting Scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University, and Senior Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.