Dr. Llewelyn Hughes is Research Director at GR Japan. He has wide experience in the public and private sectors, consulting to firms in the electricity, gas, telecommunications, resources, financial, and other sectors on government and regulatory affairs in Japan. He has spoken in front of a wide variety of audiences about regulatory reform and domestic politics, and is the author of the book Globalizing Oil: Firm and Oil Market Governance in France, Japan, and the United States, as well as numerous articles and policy publications. From 1997-2000 he was international aide and interpreter to Ozawa Ichiro, a senior politician in the Japanese Parliament. He holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Masters degree from the Graduate School of Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo, and was Research Fellow at the Center for Business and Government at Harvard University. He is trained as a simultaneous and consecutive interpreter in the Japanese language, has lived in Japan for nine years, and is a citizen of Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.