Organisation: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Position: Assistant Vice Minister for International Affairs
Yoichi Iida is Assistant Vice Minister for International Affairs at the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. He chaired G7 working group meeting on ICT policy, when Japan took G7 Presidency in 2016. In this WG, Japan proposed starting international discussion on AI principles, which was supported by G7 ICT Ministers, and succeeded by following G7 Presidencies of Italy and Canada.
Yoichi Iida also chaired G20 Digital Economy Task Force (DETF) that discussed G20 AI principles which were endorsed by the Leaders in OSAKA Summit in 2019. Since January 2020, he has been serving as the chair of OECD Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP), which is discussing broader aspects of digital economy including AI governance and other digital policies. In 2023, he once again chaired G7 Digital and Tech WG covering global AI governance, which led to the launch of Hiroshima AI Process at Hiroshima Summit. He serves as the chair of Hiroshima AI Process WG, and the chair of Executive Committee at Global Partnership on AI (GPAI). He joined former Ministry of Posts and
Telecommunications of the Japanese Government in 1988, which was integrated into the current Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in 2000. He worked at OECD Secretariat in early 1990s, and was sent to the Japanese Embassy in Germany late 90s.