Masaki Yokota joined Washington Policy and Analysis as an analyst in 2019. He specializes in nuclear policy, nuclear engineering, and public acceptance of nuclear power in the U.S. and Japanese contexts. He gained over 15 years experience in the nuclear industry at a Japanese utility company.
Prior to joining WPA, he worked for the Kansai Electric Power Company, Inc. and was responsible for managing the overall processes and activities of maintaining the nuclear power plant, especially mechanical equipment. He started at Kansai in 2001 and has held numerous positions within the company, including: Deputy Manager in the Reactor Maintenance Group of Takahama Power Station; Deputy Manager in the Office of Human Resource Development of Kansai Electric’s Head Office; and Manager in the Maintenance Management Group of Nuclear Power Division. From 2016 to 2019, he was a Manager in the Turbine Maintenance Group of Ohi Power Station and conducted design changes and plant modifications to meet new, post-Fukushima regulatory requirements in order to achieve restart of Units 3 and 4.
Mr. Yokota hold a Bachelor of Engineering (Welding and Production Engineering) and a Master of Engineering (Manufacturing Science) from Osaka University.