Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan
to the United States of America
January 27, 2021
It is my great honor and privilege to be appointed Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America. This is my second term at the Embassy, coming just seven and half years since I left Washington D.C. after serving as the Deputy Chief of Mission.
In the United States, President Biden has also just started his duties. When it comes to Japan and the United States, the most important things have not changed – our friendship, our Alliance and our economic partnership. One thing that has changed is that our relationship is expected to play an even greater role in the current security environment, as our solid Alliance creates a strong foundation for regional stability.
Cooperation between Japan and the United States covers a wide range of activities, such as measures against COVID-19 and climate change, or even space cooperation. Our economies have also never been closer. Thanks to their investments, Japanese companies have become an important part of the American economy and true partners in communities across the country. Japan has become the world’s largest investor in the Unites States as of 2019.
Beyond security and economic ties, grassroots connections create the third pillar. These strong bonds are nurtured through grassroots exchange, and have helped to provide stability. Without the efforts of people from both countries, the progress in our relationship would have been impossible. As Spring is arriving soon, I am excited to once again see the trees around Washingon D.C.’s Tidal Basin, which were originally a gift from Japan in 1912. The festivities for the cherry trees have become a celebration of our lasting friendship at the grassroots level and of the shared mutual values between two important partners.
As Ambassador, I extend my sincere gratitude to the people of both of our counties for maintaining this important relationship, and I am ready to do my best , under the leadership of Prime Minister Suga and President Biden, to deepen the important ties between Japan and the United States.
As Japan and the United States face COVID-19 and the shared challenges of our world, I will take inspiration from these strong bonds. Facilitating the important cooperation that is taking place between our countries to fight this virus will be my top priority in the months ahead. As we create a path forward together, I hope that you and your family and friends remain safe, and I am looking forward to seeing all of you face-to-face in the near future.
|2019||Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Korea|
|2018||Ambassador, Representative of the Government of Japan for the G20 Summit|
|2015||Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the State of Israel|
|2013||Director-General, North American Affairs Bureau|
|2012||Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC|
|2012||Minister for Political Affairs, Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC|
|2009||Deputy Director-General (North American Affairs Bureau and Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau)|
|2006||Minister (Head of Political Section), Embassy of Japan, UK|
|2004||Minister (Head of Political Section), Embassy of Japan, Seoul|
|2003||Director, Policy Coordination Division, Foreign Policy Bureau|
|2001||Director, National Security Policy Division, Foreign Policy Bureau|
|1999||Director, Second International Organizations (OECD) Division, Economic Affairs Bureau|
|1997||Counsellor, Permanent Delegation of Japan to OECD, Paris|
|1981||Joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs|