Akinori Yabata has over a decade of experience in government relations and public affairs. His background includes working for an American company for 12 years and leading PR activities for highly regarded foreign companies in an established Japanese PR agency for nine years. Akinori's expertise includes health, labour and welfare policies related to Japan's Work Style Reform, as well as economic and industrial policies aimed at supporting SMEs.
At GR Japan, he advises clients on relations with various aspects of the media and acts as a liaison with policy stakeholders, organising and managing study sessions and educational events targeting Diet members, policy secretaries and other stakeholder groups. Akinori graduated from the Faculty of Economics of Keio University.