Kosuke Yokota is a global affiliate visiting scholar at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) for 2018-19. Yokota is a section manager of Future Architect, Inc., an IT consulting firm in Japan. He has over 10 years of experience in IT consulting and system designing, specifically financial industry systems. Yokota graduated form Tohoku University with a masters degree in nuclear physics. While at Shorenstein APARC, his research will focus on the Silicon Valley tech innovation ecosystem and the organic collaboration between universities, startups, venture capital and government.