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Researchers

  • Teruyuki Ohno
    Teruyuki OhnoExecutive Director
    Joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2013. Teruyuki Ohno has actively participated in the policy formation of Japan’s climate change measures as a member of the subcommittee of the Long-term Low Carbon Vision led by the Ministry of the Environment Japan. Before joining the Institute, he served as the Director General of the Bureau of Environment, Tokyo Metropolitan Government for three years, covering a broad range of environmental issues including energy, climate change, waste management, pollution control, natural environment, and sustainable development. His notable achievements include reducing air pollution and PM emissions through “No Dirty Diesel Vehicle Strategy in Tokyo”, and implementing Japan’s first Cap-and-Trade Program in Tokyo in 2008, involving the industries and building a grand consensus. His active leadership in promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency has formed the foundation of Tokyo’s energy policy. He also serves as part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo, a member of Seoul International Energy Advisory Council (SIEAC) and Adviser for ICLEI Japan and Board Member for WWF Japan. 
    He was awarded Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards by California Air Resources Board in 2014. His publications include "Energy Strategies of Municipality Governments" (Iwanami, 2013, Japanese) among others.
  • Mika Ohbayashi
    Mika OhbayashiDirector
    Mika Ohbayashi is a founding member and Director at Renewable Energy Institute since 2011. Before joining the Institute, Ohbayashi worked for International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi as Policy and Project Regional Manager for Asia Oceania. She served as Deputy Director at Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies for 8 years since its establishment in 2000. She also worked for UKFCO at the British Embassy to Japan, as Advisor for Climate Change Projects and Policies before joining IRENA, and started her carrier in the energy field by joining Citizens' Nuclear Information Center in 1992. She coordinates many scientific study projects, takes leadership to team up various networks including national parliamentarians and local authorities, domestically and internationally to improve sustainable energy society. She was awarded the Global Leadership Award in Advancing Solar Energy Policy by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) in 2017.
  • Masaya Ishida
    Masaya IshidaSenior Manager, Business Alliance
    Masaya Ishida joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2017 to lead research activities on renewable energy business. Prior to that, he was Executive Producer at ITmedia Inc., a Softbank Group company, where he launched “Smart Japan”, a leading online media in Japan focusing on renewable energy deployment and electric power market reformation. He has held several senior positions at media and internet business companies, including “EE Times Japan”, an electronics industry publication, where he served as CEO and was Editor-in-Chief of “Nikkei Computer”, a magazine focusing on enterprise IT solutions. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Information Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology.
    At Renewable Energy Institute, he has published "The Rise of Renewable Energy and Fall of Nuclear Power: Competition of Low Carbon Technologies" (2019), "Guidebook to Renewable Energy Procurement: for corporations and municipalities" (1st edition 2018, 2nd edition 2019), "Renewable Energy in the US Power Sector, the Other Revolution" (2018) , "The Ways Forward for Japan EPCOs in the New Energy Paradigm" (2017) and is a regular contributor to column articles and case-story articles that introduce renewable energy projects across Japan. In addition, he has been responsible to launch Renewable Energy Users Network (RE-Users), a network of corporate energy users that aim to accelerate renewable procurement in Japan.
  • Yuko Nishida
    Yuko NishidaSenior Manager, Climate Change
    Yuko Nishida joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2017. She is an urban renewal planner and specializes in policy making of sustainable development in cities, sustainable architecture and urban planning. Before joining Renewable Energy Institute, she worked for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on climate policies and international environmental cooperation projects. She has collaborated with C40 cities, the global network of mega-cities committed to addressing climate change and was responsible for research design and publication of “Urban Efficiency”, a series of case-study reports that show how cities around the world have pursued efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Waseda University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
    Her recent publications at Renewable Energy Institute include “Transitioning Energy Policies for a Decarbonized Society: Redirecting Discussions on the Basic Energy Plan and Long-term Low Emission Development Strategies” (2018). She is also involved in supporting climate change measures in the building sector and municipalities.
  • Hiroshi Takahashi
    Hiroshi TakahashiSenior Research Fellow
    Hiroshi Takahashi specializes in public policy and energy policy. He obtained doctoral degree from the University of Tokyo and master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and currently serves as Professor at Tsuru University. His former career includes Deputy Director at IT Policy Office of Cabinet Secretariat, Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo, and Research Fellow at Fujitsu Research Institute. He has actively participated in the policy formation of Japan’s electricity system reform and renewable energy deployment as a Member of Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy as well as Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office. He is the author of "Energy Policy Studies" published in 2017 by Iwanami Shoten and “Market Liberalization of Electric Utilities” published in 2011 by Nihon Keizai Shinbun Shuppan-sha.
  • Tatsuya Wakeyama
    Tatsuya WakeyamaSenior Research Fellow
    Tatsuya Wakeyama (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor at Kyushu University Platform of Inter/Transdisciplinary Energy Research. He joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2012, and since 2018, he serves as Senior Research Fellow. At the Institute, he researches on energy scenario analysis with the case of high integration of renewables by using AMPL: A Modeling Language for Mathematical Programming. His expertise are; resource engineering, geothermal energy and geographic information system (GIS). He holds a Ph.D. from Kyushu University on renewable energy potential evaluation by using GIS.
    His publications at Renewable Energy Institute include a joint study with Agora Energiewende "Integrating Renewables Into the Japanese Power Grid by 2030" (2018) and "Grid Operation for Greater Adoption of Renewable Energy: a Comparison between Japan and Europe" (2016).
  • Tetsuo Saitou
    Tetsuo SaitouSenior Research Fellow
    Tetsuo Saitou joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2019. He started his career at Fuji Electric in 1971 designing control systems for hydroelectric power stations and electric grid systems. From 1996, he was responsible for driving EPC for wind power plants. He served as board of director of the Japan Wind Power Association since its establishment in 2001. He joined Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER) from 2007 where he was involved in developing wind power generation business. As the Japan Wind Power Association became a new organization in 2010, he undertook research on the potential of wind power in Japan, and was responsible in formulating targets for 2050 and recommendations for achieving this based on its findings. From 2015, he became Project Researcher at the University of Tokyo, Institute of Industrial Science, where he dedicated his time on research on maintaining power quality and improvement using wind power forecasting and control functions of wind power plants. Since 2005, he has been appointed committee member in various committees related to wind power plants and electric grid systems at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Ministry of Environment (MOE), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), among others.
  • Takanobu Aikawa
    Takanobu AikawaSenior Researcher
    Takanobu Aikawa obtained his Masters degree in forest ecology from the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University. He joined Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting and was involved in investigations and consulting activities on forest sector. Spurred by the Great East Japan Earthquake, he began to engage in a variety of bioenergy projects, mainly focusing on woody biomass, and has been in his current position since 2016. In March the same year, he completed his doctorate in agricultural studies on the theme of human resources development policy in the area of forest management.
    His publications at Renewable Energy Institute include “Restructuring Japan’s Bioenergy Strategy– Towards Realizing its True Potential” (2018), “Comments on Bioenergy Power Generation under the FiT Scheme–Ensure Fuel Sustainability and Proper Generation Technologies” (2018) and “Recommendations for Woody Biomass Power Generation under FiT –for the realization of a sustainable use of bioenergy” (2016).
  • Shota Ichimura
    Shota IchimuraSenior Researcher
    Shota Ichimura joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2018. He has extensive on-the-job experience through being engaged in many infrastructure projects that support essential utilities. In addition to research and development on wavelength division multiplex (WDM) systems of submarine fiber-optic cable, he worked for a communications company and a power cable manufacturer and has led international projects including installation of submarine fiber-optic cable and power cable abroad. Also served as a project manager of large-scale solar power generation (mega solar) in Japan. Earned a master’s degree in architecture from Tokyo University of Science. A First-Class Electric Works Execution Manager.
    At Renewable Energy Institute, his research focuses on the Asia Super Grid (ASG) and market design for electricity reform. His publications include a joint study with Agora Energiewende "Integrating Renewables Into the Japanese Power Grid by 2030" (2018) .
  • Keiji Kimura
    Keiji KimuraSenior Researcher
    Keiji Kimura joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2013. In 2007, he completed his doctorate course at the graduate school of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University and specializes in environmental economics and renewable energy policy theory. His most recent publications at Renewable Energy Institute include “Operational Challenges for Reducing Costs in Renewable Energy” (2018), “Feed-in Tariffs in Japan: Five Years of Achievements and Future Challenges” (2017), “Analysis of Wind Power Costs in Japan” (2017) and “Comparing Prices and Costs of Solar PV in Japan and Germany: The Reasons Why Solar PV is more Expensive in Japan” (2016).
  • Seiichiro Kimura
    Seiichiro KimuraSenior Researcher
    Seiichiro Kimura (Ph.D., P.E.jp) joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2018. Specializes in cost-benefit analysis, techno-economic analysis with market penetrating simulation in energy system. He started his career at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 2004, was engaged in development of hydrogen energy until 2010. After working for International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research of Kyushu University, he became an associate of the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management from 2014 to 2018, where he conducted projects to achieve "Energy Exporting Country" by own renewable energy resources in Japan. He received B.Sc. from Tokyo University of Science, M.Sc. from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ph.D. from Kyushu University.
    At Renewable Energy Institute, his research focuses on the Asia Super Grid (ASG) and market design for electricity system reform.
  • Mika Kudo
    Mika KudoSenior Researcher / Lawyer
    Mika Kudo joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2016. After graduating from University of Tokyo, Mika Kudo began to work as practitioner in 1999. She started her career as researcher in the Research Office for Judicial Reform of Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) in 2002, when the Japanese government engaged the judicial reform from 2001. She was in charge of research on the implementation of Saiban-in (lay judge or jury) system, reform of criminal procedure, law school system, the social impact of increasing In-house counsels, as well as judicial systems and researches in foreign countries related to these issues. During more than 10 years’ of working as staff attorney in JFBA, she also served in the Civil legal aid division, Japan Legal Support Center in 2010.
    At Renewable Energy Institute, her research focuses on the Asia Super Grid (ASG) and market design for electricity system reform.
  • Yuri Okubo
    Yuri OkuboSenior Researcher
    Yuri Okubo joined the Institute in 2015 as Climate Change Policy Advisor to develop and implement its strategy to promote renewable energy from climate change policy perspectives. Her current focus is on domestic coal power plants and their economic feasibility and financial risks. Her recent publications include “Science Based Coal-Phase Out Timeline for Japan” (2018), "Business Risks of New Coal-fired Power Plant Projects in Japan —The Decline in Capacity Factor and Its Effect on the Business Feasibility" (2017) and "Coal Business and Policy Trends —What Japanese investors should know after the Paris Agreement" (2016).
    She started her carrier as a NGO (CASA) staff in Japan and was a research assistant at the University of Zurich, Department of Political Science where she joined research projects on climate and sustainable development funded by the European Parliament, German Federal Environment Agency and UK organizations. She joined Foundation myclimate to establish its Japanese affiliation and support global network. She obtained a master’s degree in International Relations at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies.
  • Omatsu Ryo
    Ryo OmatsuSenior Researcher
    Ryo Omatsu joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2016. Specializes in energy policies of Northeast Asia. Before joining the institute, he worked as a chief researcher on energy issues of Russia and CIS regions at a Japan-based news agency on Russia. He then served as a policy research consultant to propose nation-wide installation of distributed power system with renewable energy sources. He studied at the Graduate School of Moscow State University from 2004 to 2007 and earned a master’s degree from Tokyo University, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology.
    At Renewable Energy Institute, his research focuses on the Asia Super Grid (ASG) and has contributed in the writing of the “Asia International Grid Connection Study Group Second Report” (2018) and “Asia International Grid Connection Study Group Interim Report” (2017).
  • Hajime Takizawa
    Hajime TakizawaSenior Researcher
    Hajime Takizawa joined the Institute in 2019. Specializes in profitability analysis of Waste-to-Energy business and undertook feasibility studies in Southeast Asia. He was previously a consultant at Ministry of Environment’s affiliated organization and Senior Safeguard Officer at Japan International Cooperation Agency. He has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Waseda University and a master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management in Massachusetts where he was awarded a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship.
    At Renewable Energy Institute, he is in charge of Climate Change and his current focus is on domestic and foreign coal power plants and their economic feasibility and financial risks.
  • Jiyang Wang
    Jiyang WangSenior Researcher
    Jiayang Wang joined Renewable Energy Institute as Research Associate in 2018 and assumed his current position in 2019. Specializes in environmental economics and renewable energy polices. From 2010, he started his research on renewable energy development in China. In 2013, he joined a project on “Determinant Factors of Dispersed Photovoltaic Installation among China companies” supported by the Chinese government. In 2017, he became Project Researcher at the University of Tokyo, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, where he worked on multi-model assessment of long-term climate policy, as well as developments in renewable energy in China. He obtained a Ph.D. from Nagoya University in 2017.
  • Romain Zissler
    Romain ZisslerSenior Researcher
    Romain Zissler joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2014. His research focus on power companies’ new business models in Japan, Europe and the United States, the realization of Asia Super Grid, and the progresses of renewable energy deployment around the world. Before joining Renewable Energy Institute, he worked for the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP) in Tokyo, Japan and REN21 in Paris, France. He obtained a master’s degree in energy finance at Paris-Dauphine University in 2012.
    At Renewable Energy Institute, he has published more than 20 reports, columns, and articles. His recent publications include "The Rise of Renewable Energy and Fall of Nuclear Power: Competition of Low Carbon Technologies" (2019), "Renewable Energy in the US Power Sector, the Other Revolution" (2018), "The Ways Forward for Japan EPCOs in the New Energy Paradigm" (2017) . He is also the lead country contributor for France in the framework of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21)’s flagship "Renewables Global Status Report".
  • Emi Ichiyanagi
    Emi IchiyanagiResearch Associate
    Emi Ichiyanagi joined Renewable Energy Institute in 2015, and assumed her current position in 2018. Specialized in the German energy policy, comparative environmental policies and policy-making process, she conducts research on energy transition in Germany and its related laws, as well as disseminating relevant information. She studied environmental policy, environmental laws, and environmental management at the Free University of Berlin and earned her master’s degree in Public and Private Environmental Management in 2016. Since 2017, she has been enrolled in the Doctoral Program at the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies of the Kyoto University. She was also a visiting PhD student at the Chair of Environmental and Climate Policy of the Technical University of Munich in 2018.
    At Renewable Energy Institute, she was involved in the publication of “10 Q & A on the German Energiewende: A contribution to the Japanese energy debate” (2017) a joint project with a German think-tank, Agora Energiewende. Additionally, she was engaged in editing the Japanese translation of the report, “Energy Transition: The German Energiewende” (2016).

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