Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs,
Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan
Mr Shoda Yutaka has served as Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs since July 2021. He is in charge of Japan's Ministry of the Environment (MOEJ)’s international affairs, including global environmental conservation. He represents MOEJ in international dialogues and negotiations.
Prior to his current position, he served as Deputy Vice-Minister from July 2019, overseeing budgets and personnel affairs at MOEJ. From 2018 to 2019, he served as Director-General of the Nature Conservation Bureau after having served as its Deputy Director-General. He also served as Director of the Budget and Accounting Division, Minister’s Secretariat from 2014; and Director of the Policy Planning Division, Global Environment Bureau from 2012.
He started his career in 1986 at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, formerly known as the Ministry of Construction. His career covers a wide range of policy fields, including environment, roads, housing, fisheries, and water administration.
He graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law in 1986.