Mitoji Yabunaka

Last updated
Mitoji Yabunaka
Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Yabunaka.jpg
Mitoji Yabunaka in 2005
Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
Preceded by Tsuneo Nishida
Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau
In office
Preceded by Hitoshi Tanaka

Mitoji Yabunaka(薮中 三十二,Yabunaka Mitoji, born January 23, 1948) is the current Japanese Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs [1] in charge of administration. [2] Prior to his current position, Yabunaka served as Ministry of Foreign Affair's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Director-General. [3] [4] He has been a diplomat for nearly forty years. [5]

Japan Constitutional monarchy in East Asia

Japan is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan is the Cabinet member responsible for Japanese foreign policy and the chief executive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



Before entering government service, Yabunaka was a senior researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies from 1990-1991. [6] In 1998, Yabunaka became Consul General of Japan in Chicago US, and visited the country on several occasions. [5]

International Institute for Strategic Studies British research institute in the area of international affairs

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a British research institute in the area of international affairs. Since 1997 its headquarters have been Arundel House, in London, England. The 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index ranked IISS as the tenth-best think tank worldwide and the second best Defense and National Security think tank globally, while Transparify ranked it third largest UK think tank by expenditure, but gave it its lowest rating, 'deceptive', on funding transparency.

Yabunaka has represented Japan on a number of occasions, and has negotiated trade deals with the United States, Australia, [7] and Indonesia. [8] He has had contact with a number of United States diplomats, including hosting current United States Ambassador to Japan John Roos shortly following Roos' appointment. [9] During the first, second, and third rounds of the Six-party talks, Yabunaka represented Japan as chief delegate. [10] The Japanese government also sent Yabanuka as a delegate to China to discuss issues of natural gas reserves under the East China Sea. [11]

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Indonesia Republic in Southeast Asia

Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia, between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is the world's largest island country, with more than seventeen thousand islands, and at 1,904,569 square kilometres, the 14th largest by land area and the 7th largest in combined sea and land area. With over 261 million people, it is the world's 4th most populous country as well as the most populous Muslim-majority country. Java, the world's most populous island, is home to more than half of the country's population.

John Roos American lawyer and diplomat

John Victor Roos is a former United States Ambassador to Japan and is the Founding Partner, Geodesic Capital. Before accepting the ambassadorship from President Barack Obama, Roos was the CEO of Silicon Valley-based law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

He handled Myanmar relations during the Kenji Nagai shooting incident, demanding an investigation and challenging governmental claims. [12] Yabunaka replaced Toshiyuki Takano as Director-General of Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau in 2002. [13] In 2008, Yabunaka held talks with South Korean Ambassador Kwon Chul Hyun over disputed islets in the Sea of Japan. [14]

Myanmar Republic in Southeast Asia

Myanmar, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and also known as Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is bordered by India and Bangladesh to its west, Thailand and Laos to its east and China to its north and northeast. Myanmar is the largest of the mainland Southeast Asian states.To its south, about one third of Myanmar's total perimeter of 5,876 km (3,651 mi) forms an uninterrupted coastline of 1,930 km (1,200 mi) along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. The country's 2014 census counted the population to be 51 million people. As of 2017, the population is about 54 million. Myanmar is 676,578 square kilometres in size. Its capital city is Naypyidaw, and its largest city and former capital is Yangon (Rangoon). Myanmar has been a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) since 1997.

Kenji Nagai Japanese journalist

Kenji Nagai was a Japanese photojournalist who took many assignments to conflict zones and dangerous areas around the world.

Toshiyuki Takano is a Japanese Ambassador to Germany, previously to South Korea (2002–2005) and Singapore (2001). In February 2005 he sparked a controversy in South Korea when he stated that the Liancourt Rocks in the Sea of Japan, currently under South Korean administration, "historically and legally" belong to Japan.

See also


  1. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (2009).
  2. The Mainichi Daily News (2009).
  3. Funabashi (2007), 44.
  4. Xinhua (2003).
  5. 1 2 Potter (2000).
  6. IISS (2008).
  7. Cameron (2005).
  8. Jakarta Post (2006).
  9. Hongo (2009).
  10. McDonald (2004).
  11. The China Post (2008).
  12. Kyodo News (2007).
  13. Jiji (2002).
  14. Xinhua (2008).

Related Research Articles

Foreign relations of Malaysia

Malaysia is an active member of various international organisations, including the Commonwealth of Nations, the United Nations, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the Non-Aligned Movement. It has also in recent times been an active proponent of regional co-operation.

Sea of Japan naming dispute naming dispute over the body of water between the Korean peninsula and the Japanese archipelago

A dispute exists over the international name for the body of water which is bordered by Japan, Korea and Russia. In 1992, objections to the name Sea of Japan were first raised by North Korea and South Korea at the Sixth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names. The Japanese government supports the exclusive use of the name "Sea of Japan" (日本海), while South Korea supports the alternative name "East Sea", and North Korea supports the name "Korean East Sea". Currently, most international maps and documents use either the name Sea of Japan exclusively, and far fewer maps include both the name Sea of Japan and East Sea, often with East Sea listed in parentheses or otherwise marked as a secondary name. The International Hydrographic Organization, the international governing body for the naming of bodies of water around the world, in 2012 decided not to change the current single name "Sea of Japan" rejecting South Korea's request to use "East Sea" together with "Sea of Japan".

Hor Namhong Cambodian Politician

Hor Namhong is a Cambodian diplomat who served in the government of Cambodia as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1990 to 1993 and again from 1998 to 2016. He is a member of the Cambodian People's Party and has been a Deputy Prime Minister since 2004. He served as Cambodia's foreign minister for a combined tenure of 20 years.

Tarō Asō 92nd Prime Minister of Japan

Tarō Asō is a Japanese politician who is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. Asō was the 59th Prime Minister of Japan, serving from September 2008 to September 2009. He was also a member of the Japanese shooting team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

The six-party talks aimed to find a peaceful resolution to the security concerns as a result of the North Korean nuclear weapons program. There was a series of meetings with six participating states in Beijing:

Fu Ying Chinese politician

Fu Ying is a Chinese politician and diplomat, best known for her terms as the ambassador to the United Kingdom and as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. She currently serves as the chairperson of the National People's Congress Foreign Affairs Committee.

Liancourt Rocks Group of small islets

The Liancourt Rocks are a group of small islets in the Sea of Japan. While South Korea controls the islets, its sovereignty over them is contested by Japan.

Wang Yi (politician) Chinese diplomat and politician

Wang Yi is a Chinese diplomat and politician. He formerly served as China's Vice Foreign Minister, Ambassador to Japan and Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office. He has served as the Foreign Minister since March 2013 and the State Councilor since March 2018.

Yu Myung-hwan South Korean politician

Yu Myung-hwan is a South Korean diplomat, he was Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade from February 2008 to September 2010. His resignation was caused when his daughter was given a job in his department. He has previously held posts including Ambassador to Israel, Japan and the Philippines. Yu received his bachelor's degree in public administration from Seoul National University.

Ma Zhaoxu spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), as well as the director-general of its Information Department

Ma Zhaoxu is a Chinese diplomat. He has been China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York City since January 2018.

Abbas Araghchi Iranian diplomat, ambassador

Abbas Araghchi is an Iranian diplomat who is currently the political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran. He previously held office as the Deputy for Asia–Pacific and the Commonwealth Affairs and Legal and International Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran. He is serving as Iran's chief nuclear negotiator in talks with the P5+1.

James P. Zumwalt American diplomat

James Peter Zumwalt is an American diplomat with expertise in trade, economy, and East Asia. On November 19, 2014 he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the U.S. Ambassador to Senegal and to Guinea-Bissau. Previously, he worked as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, covering Japan and Korea. Until December 2011, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo where he also served as chargé d'affaires ad interim during the absence of an Ambassador from January to August 2009. He coordinated the U.S. Embassy's response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

Koichi Haraguchi was a former Japanese diplomat and the Grand Master of Ceremonies of the Imperial Household Agency.

Qiao Guanhua was a politician and diplomat in the People's Republic of China and played an important role in the talks with United States on the opening of China and the drafting of the Shanghai Communiqué.

Kenichirō Sasae Japanese diplomat

Kenichiro Sasae is a retired Japanese diplomat who served as Japan's ambassador to the United States from 2012 - 2018. He is currently President of the Japan Institute of International Affairs.

Yukihiko Ikeda Japanese diplomat

Yukihiko Ikeda was a Japanese bureaucrat and the Liberal Democratic Party politician who served as foreign minister. He was in office from 11 January 1996 to 11 September 1997. Ikeda was known to be "Mr. No" in the political life.

Air Defense Identification Zone (East China Sea)

The East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone is an Air Defense Identification Zone covering most of the East China Sea where the People's Republic of China announced that it was introducing new air traffic restrictions in November 2013. The area consists of the airspace from about, and including, the Japanese controlled Senkaku Islands north to South Korean-claimed Socotra Rock. About half of the area overlaps with a Japanese ADIZ, while also overlapping to a small extent with the South Korean and Taiwanese ADIZ. When introduced the Chinese initiative was controversial as requirements were imposed that other countries with air defense identification zones do not impose and it included contested maritime areas. Critics said the move escalated the Senkaku Islands dispute between China and Japan.

Ning Fukui is a Chinese diplomat and currently the Chinese Ambassador to Thailand.

Ri Yong-ho (diplomat) North Korean politician and diplomat

Ri Yong-ho is a North Korean politician and diplomat who has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Korea since 2016.


Deborah Anne Cameron was an Australian journalist and radio presenter based in Sydney. In January 2008, she took over from Virginia Trioli as host of the morning program on ABC Radio Sydney.

<i>The Sydney Morning Herald</i> newspaper published in Sydney, Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) is a daily compact newspaper owned by Nine in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Founded in 1831 as the Sydney Herald, the SMH is the oldest continuously published newspaper in Australia and a national online news brand. The print version of the newspaper is published six days a week.