Japanese Member Committee


Website: http://www.jea-wec.or.jp

Japan Power Association (JPA), the forerunner of current Japan Energy Association (JEA), was established in 1927 in response to the foundation of World Power Conference. JPA was dissolved in April, 1944, during World War II. In 1950, JPA was established as an incorporated organization, and a year later, in 1951 Japan rejoined World Energy Council, and set up the Japanese Member Committee. JEA’s core activities include research energy issues and gathering of information to promote more efficient energy use. Its goal is to contribute to the activities of all energy industries and energy-related stakeholders.

Chair: Teruaki Masumoto

Teruaki Masumoto has been Chairman of the Japan Energy Association, WEC Japanese Member Committee, since May 2008. In 1962, Mr Masumoto received a BA (Hons) in Political Science and Economics from Waseda University, before going on to join TEPCO. He has devoted his career to the field of corporate communication for environment issues. He worked at Japan Center for Economic Research as an economist (1968-1970). His previous roles within TEPCO included Director of Corporate Communications (1995-1999); Managing Director (1999-2001); and Executive Vice President (2001-2004). He was also Vice Chairman of The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan in 2004. In addition to serving on the Executive Committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Mr Masumoto was a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum. He also acts as an advisor to the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) on Climate Change.

Secretary: Hideaki Tanaka

Dr Hideaki Tanaka has been secretary general of WEC Japanese Member Committee since May 2010. He received the B.E. and M.S. in electrical engineering and PhD in environment and energy engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo Japan in 1974, 1976 and 2010, respectively. He joined the Tokyo Electric Power Company in 1976. After starting his career as a substation engineer, he has mainly dedicated himself to bulk-power system planning and operation. After retiring from TEPCO in 2010, he started working for the Japan Energy Association, which also serves as the Japanese Member Committee of WEC (World Energy Council). His current technical interests are the asset management on aged transmission facilities and the way to prevent cascading blackouts. He has been teaching power system stability analysis as a part-time lecturer at Waseda University for more than 20 years. Dr. Tanaka is a member or IEE of Japan and IEEE.