Dr. Ikuo Misumi

Starting as an officer at the then Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI;
currently the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, METI), Dr. Misumi has long
served in the Government of Japan, especially in the fields of security export control and
cybersecurity policy. Most recently, he has served in the NISC since 2012 and was in
charge of a number of important tasks, including the thorough revision of the
“Management Standards for Information Security Measures for the Central Government
Computer Systems,” the establishment of the Basic Act on Cybersecurity of 2014 and its
amendment in 2016, and the formation of the Cybersecurity Strategy (2015). Currently,
he serves as Deputy Director-General and oversees the entire staff and operations of the
In the early stage of his career, he engaged in the international negotiation for the
preparation of the Wassenaar Arangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and
Dual-Use Goods and Technologies as a government expert in the mid 90s. Prior to
joining the NISC, he was the Director of Security Export License in METI (2009-2012).
In this position, he contributed to making Japan’s export control systems more effective
and efficient by developing innovative approaches, such as reengineering the licensing
processes and introducing an examination system with advanced DBs and achieved the
reformation of these systems.
He received his master’s degree in 1987 and Ph.D. in Engineering (Precision Machinery
Engineering) in 2004 from the University of Tokyo. Also he has a master’s degree in
Management awarded from the Claremont Graduate School (CA,USA) in 1995.