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NEW PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF JAPAN PRESENTS CREDENTIALS TO THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AT GENEVA

9 January 2020



Kazuyuki Yamazaki, the new Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Yamazaki had been serving as Senior Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan since 2017. He was Deputy Minister for the budget, personnel and parliamentary relations at the Ministry from 2015 to 2017, and Councillor at the National Security Secretariat, Cabinet Secretariat in 2014. He has held various other posts since he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983, including as Personal Assistant to the Prime Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office from September 2008 to 2009, and as Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2008.

Mr. Yamazaki’s foreign postings include serving as Minister and Head of the Economic Section at the Embassy of Japan in Beijing, China from 2010 to 2012; as Fellow at the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs of Harvard University, and concurrently serving as Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC, United States, in 2009; as Counselor and Deputy Head of the Political Section at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC from 2001 to 2003; as First Secretary and then Counselor at the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development from 1997 to 2001; and as Third Secretary and later Second Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC from 1986 to 1989.

Mr. Yamazaki has a B.A. in economics from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo (1983), and attended a diplomatic training programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, United States (1984-1986). He is married with two children.


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