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Japan’s Ambassador to U.S. to Speak at Howard

Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki WASHINGTON (February 7, 2011) – Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki of Japan will discuss his country’s relationship with the United States during a speech at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Blackburn Center Digital Auditorium at Howard University.

The ambassador will describe the importance of the ties between the two nations and how they have consistently improved and been strengthened.  The program is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Department of Political Science.

Fujisaki served as the political minister of the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC from 1995 to 1999. He has also served in Jakarta, Paris, and London as a diplomat. Prior to becoming Ambassador to the United States, he served as Ambassador to the United Nations and to the World Trade Organization in Geneva where he served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Before being appointed deputy foreign minister, he served as deputy director-general for Asian Affairs and director-general for North American Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo. Fujisaki has also served as the Sherpa, or the personal representative, of Japan’s prime minister to G8 Summit meetings.

Fujisaki was a research associate at International Institute for Strategic Studies in London from 1987 to88. He taught as a lecturer of International Relations at Sophia University in Tokyo from 1991 to 95. Since his arrival, he has spoken at Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, Stanford, Yale, and Brigham Young University, as well as at several think-tanks in Washington, such as the Brookings Institution, AEI, Carnegie Endowment, CSIS, and Stimson Center. He speaks English and French fluently.
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