H.E. Mr. Yutaka Yoshizawa Ambassador of Japan

Since March of 2012, H.E. Mr. Yutaka Yoshizawa has been the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of South Africa. He is concurrently accredited to Namibia, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

Immediately before he came to South Africa as Ambassador, he was the Ambassador of Japan to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu and Vanuatu (2008-2012). As he was posted in Pretoria from 1996 to 1998 as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) of the Embassy, this is the second time that he is serving in South Africa.

H.E. Mr. Yoshizawa has almost forty years of experience in the diplomatic arena.

After graduating from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo, H.E. Mr. Yoshizawa entered Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in April of 1974. He then spent two years at the University of Oxford as part of the Ministry’s training program.

He also served in New Delhi, India (1983-1984), Washington DC, USA (1985-1987), New York, USA (1993-1996), Beijing, China (1998-2000), and Chicago, USA, where he was Consul-General (2004-2006).

His assignments in Japan include Director of Human Rights and Refugee Division of the Foreign Ministry (1991-1993), Cabinet Councillor in charge of the drafting of legislation for Japan’s participation in UN Peace Keeping Operations (1991-1992), Managing Director for General Affairs of the Japan Foundation, an organization for international cultural exchange (2000-2004), and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Capital Formation of the Development Bank of Japan (2006-2008).

Mr. Yoshizawa is married with a son. He currently resides in Pretoria with his wife, Fumiko. He was born in Tokyo in February, 1951. He plays golf and he likes to visit places of historic interests and reads books on history and international law.