Dr. Hideaki Watanabe was the first commissioner for ATLA (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency) which was newly established in October, 2015 to work on wide variety of defense acquisition issues. Dr. Watanabe has held directorship positions at MOD’s (Ministry of Defense) R&D departments, such as Director General for Technology in Minister’s Secretariat (2011~ ), Director General for TRDI (Technical Research and Development Institute) (2013~ ).
He started his career in TRDI-MOD, as a researcher on radar technology & electric warfare technology. Dr. Watanabe majored in Electrical Engineering and obtained a doctorate in that field at Keio University in 1987. He retired in July, 2017. He joined National Graduate Institute For Policy Studies as a visiting scholar.in September 2017.
He joined Tama University as a visiting professor in November 2017 He joined SBI Holdings Inc. as an advisor in August 2018.