Profiles 1997-1999

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Catherine A. Allen | Stuart M. Chemtob | Diane T. Hooie |
Brent Maier | Michael J. Marcus | Zenji Nakazawa | Carlton A. Roe

Catherine A. Allen

Current Title
Program Analyst
Office of Policy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5

Home State: Ohio

Professional Specialty
Project Manager Environmental Analyst

Host Agency in Japan
Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, Environmental Policy Division

Ki No Shiro (KST), Hokkaido

Environment Agency, Water Bureau and Planning and Coordination Bureau

Diet Member (Mr. Takashi Kosugi)

Placement Description
September 1998 – September 1999

Gained an understanding of Japan’s global warming mitigation priorities and activities. Learned how a Japanese company (KST) is incorporating sustainable development in residential construction.

Representative Activities:

  • At MITI’s Environmental Policy Division, participated in a workshop on energy efficiency technology transfer to support greenhouse gas emission reductions; prepared summary reports.
  • Participated in a review of Japan’s global warming activities and plans.
  • Provided briefings on US EPAs’ pollution prevention concepts and programs; studied ISO 14000 certifications at 3 sites.
  • At KST, developed a pollution prevention training program for KST employees.
  • At the Environment Agency, participated as secretariat for “World Conference on Global Commons.”
  • Served as an intern in the office of Diet member Takashi Kosugi.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities

At U.S. EPA, works in the Office of International Activities on environmental health and toxic chemical issues. Provides support on U.S.-Japan environmental activities. Staffed the U.S. delegation to the G8 Environmental Futures Forum on Climate Change Best Practices, staffed the bilateral meeting in Japan to plan for the Japan-U.S. Join Planning and Coordinating Committee Mtg. (JPCC), and supported the U.S. EPA Japan Desk in preparing for the JPCC U.S.-Japan meeting. JPCC meeting resulted in identification of several U.S.-Japan joint activities.

Stuart M. Chemtob

Current Title
Special Counsel for International Trade
U.S. Department of Justice, Foreign Commerce Section

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Department of Justice, Foreign Commerce Section

Home State: New York

Professional Specialty
Special Counsel for International Trade

Host Agency in Japan
Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Organization Division

Ministry of Justice, Tokyo Public Prosecutor’s Office

Japan Fair Trade Commission, Economic and Trade Practices Bureau, Coordination Division

Placement Description
September 1998 – September 1999

Learned how Japan implements competition policy and antimonopoly enforcement. Gained an understanding of how MITI balances competition policy and industrial policy goals.

Representative Activities:

  • Provided comparative analyses of U.S. law concerning antitrust injunctive actions, U.S. rules on shareholder derivative suits, and U.S. practices concerning sales of company assets during bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Served as a member of MITI’s delegation at a meeting for Director General Ezaki of the Industrial Policy Bureau.
  • Studied how the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor handles criminal cases brought against foreign nationals.
  • Monitored a bid-rigging case and trial preparations.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities
Continues to be involved in Japan-related matters. Travelled to Japan six times in 2000. Also visited Kyoto for annual consultations between antitrust enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Japan In November 2000, co-chaired a meeting of the Structural Issues Group under the U.S.-Japan Enhanced Initiative on Deregulation and Competition Policy.

Diane T. Hooie

Current Title
Senior Advisor
National Energy Technology Laboratory
U.S. Department of Energy

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Energy Technology Center, Morgantown, West Virginia

Home State: West Virginia

Professional Specialty
Project Manager Engineering

Host Agency in Japan
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

Ministry of International Trade and Industry

Diet Member (Mr. Yoshimasa Hayashi)

Placement Description
September 1998 – September 1999
Gained an understanding of Japan’s programs for energy and the development of energy efficient, environmentally friendly energy generation technologies.

Representative Activities:

  • At MITI, assisted in the preparation of an agreement on lithium batteries, prepared a report on microturbine development in the U.S., reviewed a MITI solid oxide fuel cell report, and attended hearings on solid oxide fuel cells.
  • Studied budget needs for fuel cells and manufacturers and markets for this technology.
  • At NEDO, visited Japanese fuel cell manufacturers, and conducted a project cost/benefit analysis and project portfolio analysis.
  • At New Energy Division, Coal and Energy Department, researched H-turbine program, and learned about plans for COP5 and follow-up to COP4.
  • Served as an intern in the office of Diet member Yoshimasa Hayashi.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities

As Senior Management and Technical Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, West Virginia, develops collaborative projects with Japan and Russia. Has been involved in numerous meetings with Japan delegations and co-chaired two joint technical meetings in Japan.

Brent Maier

Current Title
Congressional Liaison
Office of  Regional Administrator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, San Diego Border Liaison Office, Office of Communications and Government Relations

Home State: California

Professional Specialty
Environmental Specialist

Host Agency in Japan
Environment Agency, Planning and Coordination Bureau

Ministry of International Trade and Industry, International Trade Policy Bureau

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Environment, WID and Global Issues Planning Department, and Social Development Cooperation Department

Placement Description
September 1998 – September 1999

Gained an understanding of Japan’s decision-making process in the development of public policies toward the global environment, as well as Japan’s position and participation in multicultural organizations with regard to environmental considerations.

Representative Activities:

  • At the Environment Agency, participated in the interpretation of the Kyoto Protocol and planning activities to address global warming.
  • Attended the Acid Deposition Network in East Asia Conference.
  • Reviewed documents that Japan presented at COP4.
  • Worked on a team that developed agenda items and materials for the Fourth Asia Pacific Network Scientific Planning Group Meeting; attended the meeting in Indonesia.
  • Participated in JICA’s training on Environental Impact Assessments for environmental managers from developing countries.
  • Participated in a JICA study mission to Indonesia for the Biodiversity Conservation Project, and gave a presentation at the Institute for International Cooperation.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities
At U.S. EPA Regional Office in San Francisco, serves as Congressional Liaison in the Office of Public Affairs. Hosts delegations of visiting Japanese officials seeking information on a variety of environmental issues. The office routinely hosts delegations from other Pacific Rim countries as well.

Michael J. Marcus
Retired from Federal Service

Current Title
Director
Marcus Spectrum Solutions
(formerly, Associate Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communication Commission)

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Federal Communications Commission
Office of Engineering and Technology

Home State: Massachusetts

Professional Specialty
Associate Chief Electrical Engineering

Host Agency in Japan
Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Radio Department

Telecommunications Engineering Center

ARIB (Association of Radio Industries and Businesses)

Diet Member (Mr. Naokazu Takemoto)

Placement Description
September 1998 – September 1999

Developed an understanding of how MPT formulates policy for new radio technologies and how frequency allocations and technical standards might be harmonized to benefit U.S.-Japan trade and cooperative programs.

 Representative Activities:

  • At MPT, researched U.S. product liability and development issues for car radars, attended hearings for the Radio Regulatory Council, assisted MPT in understanding recent FCC R&O and mutual recognition agreements, and provided advice on the software radio type approval issue.

  • Prepared briefings that compared FCC and MPT policy mechanisms and possible areas for cooperation.

  • Spoke at ARIB about 1996 Telecommunications Act and Convergence and at MPT advisory committee about FCC policy.

  • Served as an intern in the office of Diet member Naokazu Takemoto.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities

In 2000, was assigned for six months to the Japan Desk at the U.S. Department of State. At FCC as Associate Chief, Electrical Engineering, speaks with delegations of Japanese, and serves as a point of contact for questions and inquiries from Japan.

Zenji Nakazawa

Current Title
Deputy Chief, Policy and Licensing Division,
Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
U.S. Federal Communications Commission

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Commercial Wireless Division, Legal Branch

Home State: Maryland

Professional Specialty
Senior Attorney Advisor

Host Agency in Japan
Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Telecommunication Bureau, Advanced Network Division

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Global Business Headquarters and NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc. (NTT DoCoMo)

Placement Description
September 1998 – September 1999
Gained an understanding of the regulatory processes and policies underlying Japan’s efforts to liberalize and open its telecommunications market to competition. Developed a bottom-up knowledge of NTT’s domestic and overseas telecommunications operations with an emphasis on NTT’s Internet protocol system and advanced network systems.

Representative Activities:

  • Advised MPT on U.S. telecommunications law and regulatory policy regarding divestiture of NTT, Japan’s system for pricing interconnection, and managing public rights of way in Japan.

  • Participated in the agency’s interconnection study group and decision-making councils.

  • Provided briefings on the FCC’s auctions process and legal issues surrounding PCS-microwave relocation.

  • Participated in meetings and study groups regarding long-run incremental cost, interconnection and NTT restructuring and rights of way.

  • At MPT’s Advanced Network Division., toured Yokosuka Research Park and Communications Research Laboratory.

  • At NTT, attended high-level confidential meetings on NTT’s interconnection rates and its proposal to devolve into three entities.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities
As Acting Chief, Policy and Rules Branch, Public Safety and Private Wireless Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the FCC, consults frequently on U.S.-Japan telecommunications policy and recently was guest speaker at the Graduate School of International Relations, University of California, San Diego, and the Foreign Service Institute, Department of State.

Carlton A. Roe

Current Title
Retired
Formerly with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(formerly, Assistant Customs Attache, U.S. Embassy in Japan)

Agency During Fellowship
U.S. Customs Service, Port of San Francisco, Trade Compliance

Home State: California

Professional Specialty
Field National Import Specialist

Host Agency in Japan
Ministry of Finance, Customs and Tariff Bureau

Tokyo Customs House, Clearance Division Classification Section

Placement Description
September 1998 – September 1999
Developed a greater understanding of harmonized tariff nomenclature treatment of commercial imports and automation of import activity for commercial transactions.

Representative Activities:

  • Visited several Japanese cargo facilities to study operations, clearance and cost issues.

  • Participated in clearance procedures and shipment examinations.

  • Studied and compared U.S. and Japanese customs concerns.

  • Attended meetings with importers and reviewed export procedures, valuation problems and scenarios.

  • At Tokyo Customs, reviewed classification problems of Japanese Customs in order to understand Japan’s classification process and to compare with and give advice about U.S. processes.

Post-Fellowship
Current U.S. Government Assignments and Activities
Recently assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo as Assistant Customs Attache. Following completion of the Fellowship, served as a Field National Import Specialist at Customs in San Francisco. In addition to regular duties administering imports of high tech merchandise, served as a consultant to Customs Headquarters, the State Department and the Japanese Ministry of Finance on U.S.-Japanese bilateral customs-related matters.

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