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2019/10/4

Message from Ambassador Chiba

As the newly inaugurated Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN, I would like to extend my warmest greetings. I intend to do my best to fulfill the responsibility to further expand common benefits of Japan and ASEAN, as the ASEAN region is ever increasing its significance for Japan.

Last year marked the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. The relationship between Japan and ASEAN began in 1973, only six years after ASEAN was founded, and Japan is ASEAN's one of the oldest friends. The relationship has become multilayered and very close through the last 45 years.

Sharing universal values such as the rule of law, Japan and ASEAN are important partners for the peace and prosperity in the region. In addition, ASEAN is one of the most important trading partners for Japan. With more than 12,000 local offices of Japanese companies operating in the region, Japan and ASEAN are forging a strong business partnership as well.

The people-to-people exchanges between Japan and ASEAN are also very vibrant. For example, ASEAN has been the most popular destination for Japanese overseas travelers since 2012. The number of exchange students from ASEAN to Japan has increased by 5 times, surpassing 90,000 in the last 5 years.

The new Japanese era “Reiwa” has begun from May 1, 2019. In this new era, cooperating with ASEAN friends, I would like to do my best to further enhance the relationship between Japan and ASEAN.

Profile of the Ambassador

Amb Chiba
CHIBA Akira

Born: May 1959, Tehran, Iran
Education:
1984            University of Tokyo, Bachelor of Arts in Law
1985-87       Peking University
1988            University of California, Berkeley, Master of Arts in Asian Studies
 
Government Service:
1984            China Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1988            Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan, P.R. China
1991            General Affairs Division (legal affairs), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
1993            Assistant Director (budget), Grant Aid Division
1995            Deputy Director, Oceania Division
1997            Deputy Director, Policy Division, Economic Cooperation Bureau
1999            First Secretary (human rights), Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva
2001            Counsellor (economic affairs), Embassy of Japan, PRC
2004            Director, International Press Division and Assistant Press Secretary, MOFA
2005            Lecturer, University of Tokyo
2006            Director, United Nations Planning and Coordination Division
2008            Director, Registration Division, Ministry of Justice
                    Member, National Bar Examination Drafting Committee (international law)
2010            Minister (Congressional affairs), Embassy of Japan, USA
2013            Minister, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Japan, I.R. Iran
2015            Deputy Director General, Secretariat, Science Council of Japan, Cabinet Office
2016            Consul General, Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles
 
Publications:
“Pacific Cooperation and China” The Pacific Review Vol. 2 No. 1 1989
“Traumatic Legacies in China and Japan: An Exchange” Survival, Vol. 47 No. 2 2005
“How to Misunderstand Your Neighbor” (Nicchu Taikenteki Sougo Gokai) Nihon Kyouhousha (Japanese/Chinese) 2005
“High School Senior Life” (Nantatte Kousan) Nihon Kyouhousha (translation) 2006
“Traditional Chinese Correspondence: A Guide for Intermediate Level” (Ippo Sakiwo Yukuhitono Utsukushii Chuugokugo Tegamino Kakikata) Kokusai Gogakusha 2010
(Chinese version “Zhongguo chuantong shuxin jianshang yu xiezuo” published from Shijie Tushu Chuban Gongsi, Beijing 2014)
“Basic Drills in Chinese” (Chugogugono Kihon Doriru) Kokusai Gogakusha 2010
“The Unknown Life of the Chinese Diaspora in Japan” (Nihonjinwa Daremo Kizuite Inai Zairyuu Chuugokujinno Jittai) Saizusha 2010
“How to Befriend Congress” (Naze Amerika dewa Gikaiga Kuniwo Shikirunoka) Potto Shuppan 2014
“The Reversion of Okinawa as the Origin of the Senkaku Islands Issue ―Chiang Kai-shek and his Turbulent Seeds in East Asia―” REVIEW OF ISLAND STUDIES, SELECTED PAPERS 2018, THE SASAKAWA PEACE FOUNDATION 2018