Ambassadors

H.E. Mr. Motohide Yoshikawa

Ambassador Yoshikawa H.E. Mr. Motohide Yoshikawa

Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary

Permanent Representative of Japan
to the United Nations
          Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations on 12 September 2013. 

          Mr. Yoshikawa was born in Nara, Japan, in 1951.  He graduated with a degree in Social Sciences from the International Christian University (Tokyo) in 1974.  In the same year, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  After his studies in Spain at the Universidad de Valladolid and the Escuela Diplomática, he was posted to the Japanese Embassy in Argentina.  In 1980, he returned to Tokyo where he served at the Latin American Bureau, the Personnel Division and the Grant Aid Division of the Economic Cooperation Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

          In 1986, Mr.  Yoshikawa was appointed as First Secretary at the Japanese Embassy in the United Kingdom.  From 1988 to 1992, he served as Counsellor at the Japanese Delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  After returning to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo, he served first as Director of the Second International Organisations Division of the Economic Affairs Bureau, and later, as Director of the United Nations Policy Division of the Foreign Policy Bureau in charge of the General Assembly and the Security Council.  During this period, he also served as Visiting Professor at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. 


          From 1995 to 1997, he served as Minister at the Japanese Embassy in Thailand.  From 1997 to 2002, he was Minister and subsequently Ambassador for Political Affairs at the Japanese Mission to the United Nations in New York.  During his time in New York, he served as Vice-Chair of the Special Committee on Peace Keeping Operations of the General Assembly.  In 2002, he returned to Tokyo and was named Deputy Director-General of the Economic Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  From 2004 to 2006, he was Director-General of the Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau of the Ministry. 

          Then, from 2006 to 2009, he served as Ambassador to Spain.  He was the first Japanese Ambassador who received the highest Spanish decoration while still serving as Ambassador in Spain.  From 2009 to 2010, Ambassador Yoshikawa served as Japan’s first Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Until his nomination as Permanent Representative to the United Nations, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the OECD in Paris.  At the OECD, he served as Chair of the Executive Committee for two and a half years. 

          He speaks Japanese, English, Spanish and French.  He is married to Corinne Groud and has two sons.  He has received decorations from Argentina, Morocco and Spain. 
 

H.E. Mr. Kazuyoshi Umemoto

H.E. Mr. Kazuyoshi Umemoto

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
March 1977 Graduated from Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo
April 1977 Joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs
August 1994 Senior Coordinator Management and Coordination Division
September 1994 Director
Japan-U.S. Security Treaty Division North American Affairs Bureau
August 1997 Director
First International Organization Division
Economic Affairs Bureau
January 2001 Director
Northeast Asia Division
Asian And Oceanian Affairs Bureau
April 2001 Director
Policy Coordination Division
Foreign Policy Bureau
November 2001 Minister
Embassy of Japan In the United Kingdom
March 2004 Deputy Director-General
Middle Eastern And African Affairs Bureau
July 2004 Deputy Director-General
North American Affairs Bureau
August 2007 Deputy Director-General
Foreign Policy Bureau
January 2009 Director-General
North American Affairs Bureau
September 2011 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Switzerland and to the Principality of Liechtenstein
November 2012 Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary
Cabinet Secretariat
January 2013 Amabassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Deputy Representative of Japan to the United Nations

H.E. Mr. Jun Yamazaki

H.E. Mr. Jun Yamazaki

Ambassador

Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
1979 Passed Higher Diplomatic Service Examination
1980 Graduated from University of Tokyo (B.A. in International Relations), Entered Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
1996-1997  Senior Coordinator (dealing with APEC), Economic Affairs Bureau, MOFA
1997-1998    Director, International Peace Cooperation Division, Foreign Policy Bureau (dealing with among other things dispatch of contingents to United Nations peacekeeping operations), MOFA
1998-1999    Director, Second Southeast Asia Division, Asian Affairs Bureau, MOFA
1999-2002    Counsellor, Embassy of Japan in Indonesia
2002-2004    Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
2003-2007   Member of Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ)
2004-2007    Minister, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
2007-2008    Deputy Director-General, Consular Affairs Bureau and Deputy Director-General for Global Issues, International Cooperation Bureau, MOFA
2008-2011  Controller, Department of Management, United Nations Secretariat (New York)
2011-2013 Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
 2013- Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
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