Ambassador Ichiro FUJISAKI




 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of

 Japan to the United States of America

Ambassador of Japan to the United States


“It's great to be back in this great country at a great moment,” Ichiro Fujisaki quipped when he started his duties as the Ambassador of Japan to the United States in June 2008.

He has served as the political minister of the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC, from 1995-99. His association with the United States goes back even further. It started with a year in the early 1960’s as a junior high school student in Seattle, Washington. He also studied one year each at Brown University and Stanford University Graduate School in the early 1970’s.

As a diplomat, he has also served in Jakarta, Paris (OECD), and London. Prior to his current post, he served as Ambassador to the UN and to the WTO in Geneva. While there, he served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees).

In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo, he has held such posts as Deputy Director-General for Asian Affairs and Director-General for North American Affairs before being appointed as the Deputy Foreign Minister. He has also served as the Sherpa, or the personal representative, of the Prime Minister to G8 Summit meetings.

His wife Yoriko attended kindergarten at Ben Murch in Washington, DC. Their two daughters also attended school in the Washington area. The elder daughter Mari graduated from Stone Ridge High School in Bethesda, MD. The younger daughter Emi studied at the same school as well as at Somerset Elementary School in Montgomery County, MD. Both daughters now work as journalists in Japan.

Fujisaki was a research associate at IISS (International Institute for Strategic Studies) in London from 1987-88. He taught as a lecturer of International Relations at Sophia University in Tokyo from 1991-95. Since his arrival, he has spoken at many universities and think-tanks.

During his tenure, Fujisaki aims to visit as many states, cities, and places as possible. “I enjoy meeting new people. I also know well that important as it may be, ‘inside the beltway’ is only one part of this great country,” he says.

Ambassador Fujisaki's Speeches



November 18, '10 Japan Chair Forum "Building on President Obama's Visit"
October 18, '10 34th Annual Joint Meeting of Southeast U.S./Japan & Japan-U.S. Southeast Associations
September 13, '10 Is Everything That Bad? Changes: Real and Virtual
August 25, '10 The 2010 Annual Meeting of National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS)
August 25, '10 The Opening Ceremony of America-Japan 20th Grassroots Summit 2010 San Francisco Bay Area
July 30, '10 Remarks by Ambassador Fujisaki at the Pre-Departure Reception for the 24th JET Program Participants
July 8, '10 A Changing Japan in a Changing World at the Brookings Institution
July 6, '10 Remarks by Ambassador Fujisaki at Conferral Ceremony and Reception to Dr. James Ulak
June 30, '10 Remarks by Ambassador Fujisaki at the Reception to Celebrate the Conferment
of the Order of the Rising Sun
June 28, '10 Remarks by Ambassador Fujisaki at High Speed Railway Seminar in Chicago
May 28, '10 Remarks by Ambassador Fujisaki
at Introduction and Signing Ceremony of the United States Japan Military Alumni Association (USMJAA)
May 14, '10

“America ni Okeru Nihon no Sunpo (Japan’s Size in the United States)” (in Japanese)

Feb. 19, '10 Speech by Ambassador Fujisaki, “Meeting Common Challenges”, at World Affairs Council of Dallas
Feb., '10 "CSIS Environment"
October.2,'09 "Japan: Changes and Continuities:" Ambassador Fujisaki's Speech at Texas A&M University
May.19,'09 Japan's Nuclear Policy: Ambassador Fujisaki's Speech at the Nixon Center
Mar.15,'09 "Challenges, Changes, Chances": Ambassador Fujisaki's Speech at SAIS
January.'09 New Year's Message

Speech at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:Asia in the Coming Years: A Japanese Perspective

Nov.10,'08 Speech at Brookings Institute:World in Crisis: Charting a Way Out
Oct.31,'08 Speech at American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy:The Role of the US-Japan Alliance in a New Era
Oct 8,'08 Speech at Columbia University: Japan's Place in the World