Seasoned Japanese diplomat Reiichiro Takahashi have assumed the post of Ambassador of Japan to Australia as of 15 January 2019. He replaced Ambassador Sumio Kusaka who has completed his four years tenure early this month.
Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi has been serving the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for over 35 years and served both at headquarters and overseas at various positions. He has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tokyo University.
Prior to arriving in Canberra, he served as the Ambassador and Consul-General at the Consulate-General of Japan in New York and the Ambassador to Afghanistan, said a statement issued by the embassy of Japan in Canberra on Thursday.
Ambassador Reiichiro has expressed his delight to serve as the ambassador of Japan in a friendly nation.
“It is an absolute honour to be posted to Australia and to assume the post of Ambassador during a time where Japan and Australia enjoy an unprecedented level of strong relations – the “Special Strategic Partnership”, he said.
He further said as between Australia and Japan, the Prime Minister’s annual reciprocal visit has been agreed and steadily implemented, I am delighted our bilateral relationship is diversifying into broader areas, including politics, economy and culture.
While wishing to work closely with the people of Australia, Ambassador Reiichiro determined to make every effort to contribute to making these friendly ties even stronger and closer.