Mr. Keita Nishiyama was appointed as Director-General of the Commerce and Information Policy Bureau at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in July 2018. As head of the Bureau, he oversees METI policy related to the information industry, including information technology (IT) and cyber security, and the content industry. He is Founder of ted the Digital Architecture Design Centre that promotes architectural leadership both in public and private sector. After retiring from the government, Mr. Nishiyama serves as Visiting Professor of University of Tokyo.
Previously, he served in concurrent roles as General Manager of the Management Reform Support Office, Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation, and Director of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Holdings. In his first role, he took charge of damage compensation and decommissioning policies resulting from the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station following the Great East Japan Earthquake. At TEPCO, he formulated the Third Comprehensive Special Business Plan and contributed to management reform.
Prior to this, Mr. Nishiyama served as Deputy Director-General of the Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, where he made efforts to revitalize the Japanese economy by drafting the Act on Strengthening Industrial Competitiveness. He also began the "Nadeshiko Brand" initiative to spotlight listed companies that promote women's empowerment in the workplace.
Mr. Nishiyama assumed the office of Director-General of the Secretariat for the TEPCO Management and Finance Investigation Task Force, Cabinet Secretariat, in 2011. Prior to this, in 2009, he served as Executive Officer of the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), where he helped establish INCJ’s management base. During his previous role as Director of the Industrial Structure Policy Division, he oversaw reform of Japan’s regional medical care system.
Mr. Nishiyama graduated from the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law and the University of Oxford's Philosophy, Politics and Economics Course. He was born in 1963.