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About the SpeakerAmbassador Fujisaki has served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the U.S. since June 2008. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations in Geneva (2005-08), where he was also chairman of the Executive Committee of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). During his distinguished career, he has also served as deputy minister for Foreign Affairs (including the Prime Minister's personal representative (Sherpa) to the G-8 summit); director-general for the North American Affairs Bureau; minister, Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.; and deputy director-general for Asian Affairs. He has also held diplomatic posts in Jakarta, Paris (OECD), and London. Ambassador Fujisaki has been a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London and has taught international relations at Sophia University in Tokyo.