Jakob Edberg is a member of the IGP global team and is managing director and a co-founder of GR Japan, a Tokyo-based firm specializing in Japanese government relations and public affairs. He helps clients solve complex political and regulatory challenges in various sectors, including retail, energy, pharmaceuticals, financial services, project financing, foreign policy, and trade, to name a few.
Before co-founding GR Japan, Jakob was policy director at the European Business Council in Japan, where he supervised government outreach and advocacy for over 300 companies in 29 sector committees. He also served as a senior trade officer at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo. Having represented international businesses’ interests on ministry and party committees, he has a wealth of experience with the Japanese administration and Diet on everything from front-page trade issues and technical product standards to successful campaigns for new legislation and financial regulation.
Jakob speaks fluent Japanese, as well as English and Swedish. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in international political economy from the University of Tsukuba.