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Ichiro Fujisaki - Keynote Speaker

Book Ichiro Fujisaki as a keynote speaker.


Ichiro Fujisaki

Japan’s Ambassador to the USA (2008-2012)

Speaker Themes

  • Geopolitics of East Asia

  • Japan’s foreign policy

  • Global geopolitical trends


Tokyo, Japan



Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki is a Japanese diplomat who served as ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2012.

He is currently President of the America-Japan Society in Tokyo, and Visiting Professor at Sophia University and Keio University in Tokyo.

Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to the US, Fujisaki served Ambassador to the United Nations and to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, serving as the chairman of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. From 1995 to 1999 he worked in Washington, D.C., as the political minister of the Embassy of Japan.

Fujisaki has also held posts in Jakarta, Paris (OECD), and London. His other Ministry of Foreign Affairs posts include terms as deputy director-general for Asian Affairs and director-general for North American Affairs before being appointed as the deputy foreign minister.


Trump’s Presidency has seen a shift in the dynamics of Asia-Pacific geopolitics. In this context, Ambassador Fujisaki is perfectly placed to analyse the evolving Japan-US relationship, which has been critical to stability in East Asia for decades, as well as wider trends in the region and globally.


The Changing Asia-Pacific: a Japanese view (2017)

Amb. Fujisaki on Trump’s visit to Japan (2017)