Japanese Ambassador to the UN (2013-2016)
Japan’s foreign policy
The geopolitics of East Asia
Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa is one of Japan’s foremost diplomats, who served as Permanent Representative of Japan to the UN from 2013 to 2016.
He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1974, where he served in many important posts including: Minister and subsequently Ambassador for Political Affairs at the Japanese Mission to the United Nations; Deputy Director-General of the Economic Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Director-General of the Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau; and Ambassador to Spain (2006-2009).
He subsequently served as Japan's first Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and then Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the OECD in Paris, where he served as Chair of the Executive Committee before assuming his post at the UN in 2013.
AMB. YOSHIKAWA’S TALKS
In the context of the US pivot to Asia, political developments with North Korea and a climate of retrenchment from internationalist norms, Ambassador Yoshikawa provides expert insights into the challenges and opportunities facing Japan on the global stage.