It is perhaps fitting that the final official posting of Ambassador Kensaku Hogen’s distinguished diplomatic career was as Japan’s Ambassador to Canada from 2001 to 2005, a country for which he had developed great affection and admiration. It was his second tour of duty posted in Ottawa during a stellar diplomatic and governmental career that took him around the world and back including being assigned as; the UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information under Kofi Annan, head of the Press and Information Department at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. and as Director-General of the Middle East and African Affairs Bureau where he directed Japanese foreign policy regarding the Middle East.
The CCCJ is proud to welcome Amb. Hogen to a special lunch seminar on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at the Robbins Club in the Embassy of Canada in Tokyo to present his world views and discuss Canada and Japan’s roles in the decades ahead. As Japan looks to rebuild and refocus after the recent devastation in Tohoku and Kanto regions Mr. Hogen will detail what he envisions as Canada’s increasing international stature on its way to becoming one of the world’s superpowers by the year 2050.
Kensaku Hogen is an eloquent and powerful speaker and the CCCJ is privileged to welcome him to engage our members for the second time since his return to Japan. Tickets to his upcoming CCCJ luncheon will sell quickly so be sure to book your place early to avoid disappointment.
Since his return to Japan in 2005 and his subsequent retirement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amb. Hogen has joined Honda as member of the Board of Directors, become Visiting Professor at Meiji University and now sits as President of the Canada Japan Society. Mr. Hogen studied at the University of Tokyo and is also a graduate of Cambridge University. He is fluent in English, French and German, and has knowledge of Italian. He was born in Tokyo in 1941, is married and has three daughters and one son.
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