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Kenta Mochizuki

Yahoo Japan Corporation
IGF/MAG Member, Principal / Attorney at Law (New York), Public Policy, Corporate Intelligence
Tokyo, Japan
Kenta Mochizuki is a Japanese representative member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group of UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF/MAG) as well as Principal / Attorney at Law (New York) in Yahoo Japan Corporation. As an international lawyer, he specializes a wide range of international legal and public policy issues including, but not limited to Internet governance, international taxation, international trade, and international data privacy. He has been participating in many relevant meetings with Japanese government as well as other business sectors, and also attending workshops and seminars hosted by Embassy of the United States in Japan and Delegation of the European Union to Japan.

Kenta has a strong background in the fields of international law and diplomacy. He started his professional career as an administrative attaché for Embassy of Japan in Poland. After spending about 2 years in Warsaw (2010-2012), he continued his diplomatic career as an advisor for WTO Dispute Settlement at Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva (2012-2014). As an international trade law expert, he got actively involved in 6 trade disputes to which Japan is a party as well as more than 20 third-party trade disputes during his term in Geneva. In addition, he participated in various meetings of DSU review negotiations with proponents and produced a lot of reports for the government in order to analyze unsolved items toward convergence.

Kenta has got actively involved in the discussion of Internet governance not only domestically but also globally since he joined Yahoo Japan Corporation. For instance, he attended the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in New York, in December 2015. Moreover, he served as a panelist for a workshop "WSIS+10 and Beyond: Where do we Stand in Africa? What are the Main Challenging Issues and Proposals for Implementation?" at WSIS Forum 2016. On behalf of Yahoo Japan Corporation, he also held a workshop titled "Asia-Pacific Region's Best Practices in a New Internet Era: Safe and Secure Cyberspace for Youth" in 2016 APrIGF Taipei. After that, he became a member of the Multistakeholder Steering Group (MSG) of the APrIGF as well as a member of the Japanese delegation to the 2016-2018 UNCSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC).

Kenta earned his LL.B. degree from Kansai University. He also earned his LL.M. in International Law degree from Kobe University Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law degree from George Washington University Law School. He has been admitted to practice law in the courts of New York since September 2015.