Mitoji Yabunaka

Last updated
Mitoji Yabunaka
Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Yabunaka.jpg
Mitoji Yabunaka in 2005
Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
2007
Preceded by Tsuneo Nishida
Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau
In office
2002–2005
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 Island country 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.

Contents

Diplomacy

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 26 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 7th in the 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 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

Notes

  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.

Foreign relations of North Korea Overview of relations

The foreign relations of North Korea – officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) – have been shaped by its conflict with capitalist countries like South Korea and its historical ties with world communism. Both the government of North Korea and the government of South Korea claim to be the government of the whole of Korea. The Korean War in the 1950s failed to resolve the issue, leaving North Korea locked in a military confrontation with South Korea and the United States Forces Korea across the Demilitarized Zone.

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 by itself, or 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 intergovernmental organisation, regularly and erroneously cited as being the governing body for the naming of bodies of water around the world, in 2012 decided it was still unable to revise the 1953 version of its publication S-23 - Limits of Oceans and Seas, which includes only the single name "Sea of Japan", to include "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.

Christopher R. Hill American diplomat

Christopher Robert Hill is an American diplomat who is currently the Chief Advisor to the Chancellor for Global Engagement and Professor of the Practice in Diplomacy at the University of Denver. Prior to this position, he was the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University, a position he held from September 2010 to December 2017.

Tarō Asō 92nd Prime Minister of Japan

Tarō Asō is a Japanese politician who has been Deputy Prime Minister of Japan and Minister of Finance since December 2012. Asō previously served as Prime Minister of Japan from September 2008 to September 2009.

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:

Yoshihiko Noda 95th Prime Minister of Japan

Yoshihiko Noda is a Japanese politician who was Prime Minister of Japan from 2011 to 2012. He was a member of the Democratic Party, and a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet. He was named to succeed Naoto Kan as a result of a runoff vote against Banri Kaieda in his party, and was formally appointed by the Emperor on 2 September 2011.

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.

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 who serves as vice-minister of Foreign Affairs since 15 July 2019. Previously he served as China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York City from January 2018 to July 2019.

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

Chikahito Harada diplomat

Chikahito Harada is a Japanese diplomat and former Ambassador to the Russian Federation.

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.

Kristín A. Árnadóttir Icelandic diplomat

Kristín Aðalbjörg Árnadóttir is an Icelandic diplomat. She is currently ambassador of gender equality in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Reykjavik. Previously, she has served as ambassador to Finland (2013-2017), and ambassador to China and several other countries in Asia.

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

Kong Xuanyou, or Gong Hyeon-U in Korean, is a Chinese diplomat and the current Ambassador to Japan.He is responsible of Asian affairs, treaty and law, land and sea boundaries and other affairs related to consulates.

North Korea–Venezuela relations Diplomatic relations between the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

North Korea–Venezuela relations are relations between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Venezuela is one of the five countries in Latin America that has an embassy of North Korea along with Peru, Cuba, Brazil and Mexico.

Lu Kang (diplomat)

Lu Kang is a Chinese diplomat who currently serves as the Director of the Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China.

References

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

Fairfax Media Australian media company (1841-2018)

Fairfax Media was a media company in Australia and New Zealand, with investments in newspaper, magazines, radio and digital properties. The company was founded by John Fairfax as John Fairfax and Sons, who purchased The Sydney Morning Herald in 1841. The Fairfax family retained control of the business until late in the 20th century.