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Political Insights - Japan's View of the World

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Political Insights: A Series of Talks by Practitioners in Politics and International Relations

Mr Koji Tsuruoka, the Japanese Ambassador to United Kingdom - "Japan's View of the World"

The PAIR and LAIR teams from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased the announced the next in our "Political Insights" speaker series. The Japanese Ambassador to United Kingdom, Mr Koji Tsuruoka, will give a talk entitled "Japan's View of the World". His talk will touch on issues such as human security, political security, and investment.

The Ambassador has had a number of key roles in his career. He has served as the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs in Japan, where he acted as Japan’s Chief Negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership; the Deputy Vice Minister for Foreign Policy; the Director-General at the International Legal Affairs Bureau; the Director-General for Global Issues; and the Deputy Director General of the Foreign Policy Bureau from 2003 to 2006.

In addition to London, he has served in embassies in Moscow, Washington, and Jakarta. He was Chief Negotiator for services during the Uruguay Round of the GATT, which in turn led to the creation of the WTO. He has acted as Japan’s representation to many international conferences, including the preparatory committee of the International Criminal Court and, and for informal meetings held during the 59th session of the UN General Assembly on the World Summit Outcome Document of 2005.

The Ambassador is also very familiar with academia - he was a Professor of International Relations at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo.

The talk will be followed by a reception (room TBC).


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Lecture: 1800 – 1900 in QA080

Reception: 1900 - 2000 room TBC


Previous speakers in our Political Insights series have included the Hon. Alexander Downer AC (who was the then Australian High Commissioners to the United Kingdom 2014-18, and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs under the John Howard Government 1996-2007), and Etienne Schneider (the Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg).

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