Mr Masahiko Fujihara has been appointed NEA Deputy Director-General for Legal Affairs and Strategic Resources. He will take up his duties this Autumn.
Mr Fujihara will work with the NEA Director-General, overseeing the NEA Office of Legal Counsel and the Office of Administration in order to ensure the efficient implementation of the NEA's programme of work in the field of nuclear law and the sound management of NEA resources. He will also be responsible for the development of an effective and substantive NEA Strategic Plan.
Mr Fujihara has almost 30 years of experience and knowledge on legal, nuclear and diplomatic matters. After joining the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1986, Mr Fujihara was responsible for the drafting and implementation of various laws, including legislation on nuclear power such as the nuclear liability regime. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation (NDF), which was established to support the decommissioning work of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
Mr Fujihara has served as a diplomat at the Embassy of Japan in Republic of Korea and the Mission of Japan to the European Union. Whilst Deputy Director-General for the Energy Policy of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, he engaged in the international co-operation for nuclear power plants and led efforts to disseminate the peaceful use of nuclear power to emerging countries. He has also participated in negotiations for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage.
A Japanese national, Mr Fujihara holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law from the University of Tokyo.
Last reviewed: 3 September 2015