Kaneta SATO is Economic Counselor at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. — attached from the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan. He joined the government as an economist in 1996. He has held various positions of economic research, forecasting and macroeconomic policy-making, including Director for Economic and Fiscal Projection, when he was responsible for medium- and long-term economic and fiscal projections.

He also has experience in budgeting at the Ministry of Finance in Japan during the Great Recession of 2008. In the academic field, he holds a Master degree in Economics from New York University and a B.A. from the University of Tokyo.