Activities: 2005: Bio: Ihara

May 19, 2005

Minister Junichi Ihara
Economic Minister
Embassy of Japan, Washington, D.C.

Topic:  U.S.-Japan Economic Relations and Community Building in East-Asia.

Minister Junichi Ihara graduated from Kyoto University with a Bachelor of Law degree in March 1979.  He immediately entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Tokyo.  In June of 1979, he became a Trainee at the North Asia Division of MOFA.  Later in 1980, he was assigned as Attaché at the Embassy of Japan in France, and Second Secretary in 1982.  Beginning in 1984, Mr. Ihara served at MOFA, first as Officer of First Southeast Asia Division, then as Assistant Director of GATT Division, and in 1989 as Deputy Director of First North America Division.  In 1992, he became the First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines.  In 1994, Minister Ihara returned to MOFA where he has served as Deputy Director of Personnel Division; Secretary to Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs; Director of WTO Division; Director of Financial Affairs Division; and Deputy Director-General of the Office of Inspection, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo.  In August of 2004, he became a Fellow, WCFIA, at Harvard University.  Presently, he is the Economic Minister of the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC—a position that he accepted in January 2005.

Minister Junichi Ihara was born on April 18, 1956.  He is married to Mrs. Makiko Ihara and they have two sons, Takafumi and Akihiko.

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