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Naoko Kato
Deputy Director, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan


Naoko Kato is a Deputy Director for International Affairs of Oil and Gas Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI). Naoko is responsible for international affairs in Japan's oil and gas policy including Japan's LNG procurement/market strategy, participation in upstream interest, and gas security. She joined METI in 2008 and has a broad experience in METI's international policies including trade and investment rules, fluorinated gas regulation, and infrastructure export. Naoko holds a Bachelor of Law from Sophia University, Master of International Public Policies from University of Tokyo, an LL.M from Columbia Law School, and an LL.M in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University Law Center.


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