Kenichiro SASAE

President of The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA)

Kenichiro Sasae joined the Japanese Foreign Service after graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1974. His distinguished diplomatic career includes such assignments as Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister, Director-General of the Economic Affairs Bureau, Director-General of the Asian & Oceania Affairs Bureau, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs. During this period of this service in Tokyo, he represented Japanese Government for Six-Country Talk on North Korean affairs. He also worked as Political Director for G8 Summit. He was Ambassador of Japan to the United States from 2012-2018. In July, Ambassador Sasae was named President of The Japan Institute of International Affairs where he leads Japan’s premier foreign affairs think tank.

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