Hiroki Habuka

Deputy Director, Digital Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan

Hiroki Habuka is an attorney at law qualified in Japan and a deputy director of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Habuka is in charge of policy planning for the digital economy, including digital platform policies. Habuka graduated from University of Tokyo, faculty of law (B.A.), and University of Tokyo Law School (J.D.). After experiencing internship at the World Trade Organization (Geneva), Habuka started his professional career as an attorney in Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. He focused his practices on international M&A and finance transactions. In 2015, Habuka was seconded to Financial Services Agency and devoted himself in drafting fair disclosure rules for listed companies and negotiating the corporate governance chapter of the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement. In 2016 and 2017, he studied in Stanford Law School (LL.M. in International Economic Law, Business & Policy) as a Fulbright fellow, where he studied under Prof. Janet Martiez and wrote a paper with Mr. Colin Rule. He passed NY State bar exam and worked at McDermott Will & Emery (Paris) in 2017 and in 2018. Habuka started his current position in METI in September 2018.