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Message from the Ambassador

My name is KIYA Masahiko, Ambassador of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN. I have assumed my duty as Ambassador today. I am pleased to work here in Jakarta.
This is my first posting to a Southeast Asian country, but I have been working with ASEAN Member States in various fields such as security, peacebuilding, economy, energy, development cooperation, and global health in Japan as well as in other countries in the world. Making most of such backgrounds, I would like to make my utmost efforts to enhance ASEAN-Japan relations, given the growing importance of ASEAN in the international community. In particular, next year is the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. I am greatly honoured to work in the Mission of Japan to ASEAN at this important juncture.
ASEAN has contributed to the development of the region based on the principles of unity and centrality while embracing its diversity. The ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) adopted in 2019 shares fundamental principles with Japan’s concept of Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP). Japan has extended its unwavering support for these principles, and has been a longstanding friend of ASEAN and ‘heart-to-heart’ partner.
Japan is currently implementing as many as 89 AOIP cooperation projects in line with the four priority areas; namely, maritime cooperation, connectivity, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and economic and other possible areas of cooperation. In addition, Japan has been supporting countermeasures against the COVID-19 pandemic as well as recovery from the pandemic by providing vaccines, medical equipment, financial support loans, and support for the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (ACPHEED). In the field of socio-culture, Japan has been promoting people-to-people exchange and sports-cultural exchange under the JENESYS programmes and the WA Project. Face-to-face events have already resumed some of the events had already restarted offline towards the post-pandemic era.
Next year, we will celebrate not only the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, but also the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Japan-Cambodia diplomatic relations, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Viet Nam, and the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Japan and Indonesia. Various commemorative events will be held in Japan and ASEAN Member States, culminating in the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit to be held in Tokyo in December 2023.
The official catchphrase of the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation is “Golden Friendship, Golden Opportunity.” Making the most of this Golden Jubilee of ASEAN-Japan relations, I would like to do my utmost to elevate ASEAN-Japan relationship to a new stage, making our friendship, opportunities, and our future even greater and brighter. I look forward to meeting all those who lean the further development of ASEAN-Japan cooperation in various fields.
Ambassador of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN
KIYA Masahiko

Profile of the Ambassador

Amb Kiya
KIYA Masahiko

Ambassador of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN
Date of birth
23 December 1964

Professional career
April 1987 Entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
July 1990 Third Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Nigeria
July 1992 Deputy Director, Defense Operations Division, Defense Policy Bureau, National Defense Agency
July 1994 Deputy Director, Second West European Division, European and Oceanian Affairs Bureau
July 1996 Deputy Director, Financial Affairs Division, Minister’s Secretariat
July 1998 Principal Deputy Director, Second International Economic Affairs Division, Economic Affairs Bureau
August 2000 First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in the United States
August 2003 First Secretary/Counsellor, Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh
April 2006 Director, International Peace Cooperation Division, Foreign Policy Bureau
August 2008 Director, United Nations Planning and Administration Division, Foreign Policy Bureau
August 2010 Director, Facilities Improvement Program Division, Local Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Defense
August 2012 Counsellor/Minister, Embassy of Japan in Belgium
March 2015 Ambassador of Japan to South Sudan
September 2017 Deputy Assistant Minister, African Affairs Department / Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau / International Cooperation Bureau
October 2017 (Concurrently) Ambassador for TICAD
April 2018 (Concurrently) Deputy Assistant Minister for Evidence-based Policymaking
September 2018 (Concurrently) Ambassador for NGOs
September 2019 Consul-General of Japan in Sydney, Australia
December 2022 Ambassador of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN

March 1987 Bachelor of Laws, University of Tokyo
January 1990 M.Phil. in International Relations, University of Cambridge
June 1990 LL.M. in International Law, University of Cambridge

Why should we act for international cooperation?: Looking beyond humanitarian and national interest considerations, Nihon Hyoron Sha, 2019 (in Japanese)
Making Peace in South Sudan: “All - Japan” ’s global contribution, Chikuma Shobo, 2019 (in Japanese)
“Challenges of Japan’s Policy toward the United Nations – A Practitioner’s View”, United Nations Study Vol. 11, 2010 (in Japanese)