Akiko Yoshida joined Ministry of Transport, a preceding organization to the current Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), as a career officer in 1988. Since then, she has worked over thirty years in the public service both in the national and international level.
She has engaged in legislation and regulatory implementation in the fields of railways, civil aviation, shipping and automobiles in the Japanese government and represented her government at international forums such as IMO and ILO. She also served as Legal Counsel for the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds(IOPCF), a London- based intergovernmental organization administering the global compensation regime in the maritime sector from 2010 to 2015.
After returning to Japan, she took the position of Executive Vice President of Japan National Tourism Organization(JNTO) in 2015, and then was appointed as Director for Ministerial Secretariat Office in 2017 and Assistant Vice-Minister for International Affairs in 2018 both in MLIT.
At her current position as Director–General for Kanto District Transport Bureau, she oversees the transport, logistics and tourism sector in Tokyo and its surrounding 7 prefectures.
She has obtained LLB from Kyoto University, Japan and LLM from New York University, USA.