Kazushige "Kazu" Tanaka is a senior government official of Japan working for Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) as Director of Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau.
As one of the Japanese ministry’s leading policymakers, Kazu has worked to create a more efficient and environmentally friendly economic system. He has served as a diplomat serving on his country's delegation to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). He has held a number of critical positions in METI and other government agencies, including the Governing Board Representative of Japan to the IEA, and the Vice Chair of the Standing Group on Long-Term Cooperation of the IEA. In the Europe division, he worked on the possibility of a free trade agreement between Europe and Japan. As Director of Energy Supply and Demand Office, he revised existing energy plans after the 2011 earthquake.