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Hirohide Hirai

Hirohide Hirai

Director-General Commerce and Information Policy Bureau Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Born in 1964
Graduated from Tokyo University in 1987

Current Position (2020.07~):
Director-General, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Professional Experience:
1987   Joined Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
           Corporate Affairs Division, Industrial Policy Bureau
1989   Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Minister's Secretariat
1991   Deputy Director, Planning Division, Public Utilities Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
1992   London School of Economics and Political Science (England)
1994   Deputy Director, Americas Division, Trade Policy Bureau
1996   Deputy Director, Machinery and Information Industries Bureau
1997   Deputy Director, Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Industrial Policy Bureau 
1998   Deputy Director, Industrial Finance Division, Industrial Policy Bureau
2000   Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Basic Industry Bureau 
2001   Deputy Director, Manufacturing Industries Policy
2002   Deputy Director, Policy Planning Division, Minister's Secretariat
2002   Deputy Director, Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Minister's Secretariat
2004   Director, Corporate Finance and Tax Affairs Division, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency
2006   Director General, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) (Washington DC)
2009   Director, Petroleum and Natural Gas Division 
2012   Director, Policy Evaluation and Public Relations Division
2013   Director, Policy Planning and Coordination Division
2014   Deputy Director-General for Economic and Social Policy
2015   Director-General for Nuclear Accident Disaster Response,
           Director-General for International Energy and Technology Cooperation
2017   Councillor, Cabinet Secretariat
2018   Councillor, Bureau for Japan’s Economic Revitalization, Cabinet Secretariat
2019 Deputy Commissioner, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
2020 Director-General, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

 

Sessions

Grand Finale Panel: Challenges for the Sustainable Development of Semiconductor Industry

Friday, December 18 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Semiconductors have continued to grow over the past half century, and today they are a fundamental technology for all human activities. The unrelenting innovation should be the reason it has not become a commodity and kept it at the forefront of technologies. On the other hand, the world surrounding the industry is becoming increasingly divided, confrontational, and disparate due to the various issues that have been brought to light and accelerated by COVID-19, and as a result, the world is moving in the direction of greater social and economic distortion. Also, the COVID-19 crisis and the giga fires in Australia and the U.S. have raised global environmental awareness to an unprecedented level, and the introduction of a Carbon Boarder Tax is being discussed, especially in Europe. With the introduction of EUV lithography and the significant increase in energy consumption during semiconductor manufacturing, the semiconductor industry is expected to have an active debate on how to allocate the carbon credit across the supply chain and customers. A panel composed of executives of Japan semiconductor supply chain and a supervising ministry will discuss sustainable developments and innovations of our industry. Panelists are Hirohide Hirai, Deputy Director-General, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Atsuyoshi Koike, president of Western Digital Japan, Tetsuo Tsuneishi, chairman of Tokyo Electron and Mitsunobu Koshiba, chairman of JSR. ★This session will be delivered on demand from December 21th to January 15th, 2021.