Kenta Uemura is a global affiliate visiting scholar at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) for 2019-20. Uemura has served various positions at The Hokkoku Bank, a leading regional bank in Ishikawa prefecture. He has over 13 years of experience in supporting small and medium-sized companies in the Hokuriku area. Most recently, Uemura was part of the System Planning Department as deputy manager designing system strategy. While at Shorenstein APARC, his research will focus on the way of thinking in Silicon Valley and the latest technology.