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As part of the Future of Diplomacy Project's focus on the Asia-Pacific region, Ambassador Sasae, will deliver an off-the-record address on Japan's foreign policy, its relations with the United States and his thoughts on the future of the Asia-Pacific region.
Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae was appointed the Ambassador of Japan to the United States in November 2012. Before coming to Washington, he served as Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, the highest civil service position in the Japanese Foreign Ministry. He studied at Swarthmore College and in 1984 his first foreign assignment was as First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. Among other accomplishments, Ambassador Sasae served as Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister of Japan, Director-General of the Economic Affairs Bureau, Director-General of the Asian & Oceania Affairs Bureau and Chief Japanese Negotiator to the Six-Party Talks on North Korea.