Biography - Jun Kuroda

Jun Kuroda is a Minister for Economy, Trade, Industry and Energy at the Embassy of Japan.

Prior to his current positon, Mr. Kuroda was Director of Americas Division in the Trade Policy Bureau at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). He also served as Japan’s negotiator for the TBT chapter of TPP negotiations.  In these roles, Kuroda was involved in various efforts to strengthen US-Japan relationships, such as TPP and US-Japan parallel negotiations, US-Japan energy cooperation, PM Abe’s recent visit to the US and others.

From 2012 to 2013, Mr. Kuroda held the position of Principal Director in the Multilateral Trade System Department where he was responsible for WTO related issues. He also covered Japan-EU EPA negotiations.

Mr. Kuroda joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, currently known as METI, in April 1990.  Since then, he worked on a variety of trade and economic issues and participated in various international fora such as the WTO, OECD and the APEC.

From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Kuroda served on the Cabinet Affairs Office of the Cabinet Secretariat (Prime Minister’s Office), where he was responsible for coordinating exchanges between executive branch offices and the Diet as well as the preparation of the Prime Minister’s speech drafts for the Diet session. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Kuroda was a New York Office Director for the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).  From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Kuroda was Director of Trade and Investment Facilitation Division in the Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, where he was responsible for promoting FDI in Japan.

Mr. Kuroda holds a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Law from the University of Tokyo. He was born in Kyoto and grew up in Fukuoka and Tokyo.