Ito Sadanori

Ito Sadanori
Special Adviser & Director
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan & Japan External Trade Organization New York

Ito Sadanori is the Special Advisor to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and the Director of Japan External Trade Organization New York. 

Since entering into Japanese METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) in 1994, Ito has extensive career in trade, energy, and digital policies. He was also engaged in corporate governance and labor market reforms in Japan. During 2018-2019, he was responsible for policies related to AI/data and cyber and in charge of G20 Osaka Summit when former Prime Minister Abe promoted “Data Free Flow with Trust”. Since August 2019, he has been stationed in the U.S. to cover geo-technology issues.

Education: Tokyo University LL.B. (1994), Columbia University Law School  LL.M. (1999) Bar admissions:  New York State (1999)

Recent Events and Presentations

July 20, 2021

ITIF hosted a panel discussion on a new report on global data localization and what policymakers need to develop new rules, norms, frameworks, and agreements to support data flows.