Watson Institute for International Studies

Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki -- The Future Partnership Between Japan and the US

Thursday, October 13, 2011

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

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"The Future Partnership Between Japan and the US," with Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America.

Mr. Ichiro Fujisaki previously 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 in the early 1960’s with a year as a junior high school student in Seattle, Washington. He also studied for 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.

Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.

Cosponsored by the Office of International Affairs.