Kenji is a graduate student researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), as well as a Ph.D. student at the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests focus on renewable energy development, energy storage, and grid integration, with the goal of achieving a zero-carbon grid in Japan, Korea, Bangladesh, and California. Kenji is the lead author of a new study from LBNL, titled "The 2035 Japan Report: Plummeting Costs of Solar, Wind, and Batteries Can Accelerate Japan’s Clean and Independent Electricity Future." The study explores the potential for Japan to transition to a clean electricity system by 2035. The study focuses on the decreasing costs of solar, wind, battery technologies and their potential to accelerate Japan's energy transition. As the lead author, Kenji played a critical role in designing the study, collecting and analyzing data, and writing the report.
Kenji has published more than 15 journal papers, reports, conference proceedings, and book chapters on energy and the environment. He has over ten years of professional experience in domestic and international climate policy as the Deputy Director for Market-based Climate Policy at the Japanese Government (Ministry of the Environment) and Managing Director for Global Environment Centre Foundation. He was also involved in the negotiation on Technology at COP 18 and 19. He serves as a board member of Climate Integrate, an independent thinktank based in Japan. His educational background includes a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, as well as a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley.