Noriaki Abe presently serves as Director for International Trade, Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan, in charge of mainly WTO issues. Since joined MOFA in 1997, he has worked at the Second North America Division (economic relations including trade, investment, energy and environment cooperation), the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., Minister’s Secretariat, First Southeast Asia Division (Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar Laos and Cambodia), Policy Coordination Division, Japan-US Security Treaty Division and Northeast Asia Division (North Korea, ROK, Six-Party Talks) and U.N. Policy Division (Security Council matters). He recently worked at the Embassy of Japan in Beijing, PRC, the Japanese Delegation to the OECD (2015-18) and Policy Coordinator at the G7/G20 Sherpa Office. His academic background includes a B.A. in law from the University of Tokyo, LL.M. from the Duke University Law School and M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is also a visiting scholar at the Institute for International Trade and Investment (ITI) and a member of the Japan Association for the United Nations Studies (JAUNS). He and his wife Mayuko have two children.