Residency: Jan. 19–22, 2010
Public Talk: Jan. 19, 2010 on "Japan's Approach to Climate Change”
Masakazu Toyoda spoke on Japan's approach to climate change at a public talk. During his stay he also guest lectured in classes and met with students, leaders and members of the Japanese community in San Diego and Tijuana.
He is currently the chair and CEO of Institute of Energy Economics, Japan. He is the former secretary general at the Secretariat of Headquarters for Space Policy in Japan. Prior to this, he was Japan’s special envoy on East Asian Affairs to the prime minister. Other positions he has held include special adviser on Climate Change and vice minister for international affairs at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, director general for both the International Economic Affairs Department and Multilateral Trade System Department of Japan’s International Trade Policy Bureau. He earned a law degree from the University of Tokyo, and a master's degree in public affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.