Born in 1943 in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Married with two children. Hobby: Singing (folk songs with the guitar).
He was an American Field Service exchange student at The Choate School, Wallingford, Connecticut, USA in 1960-61. He earned an LL.B. from the University of Tokyo in 1966 and an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University in 1968.
Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1966 he served in various positions at the Ministry including Director, First International Organizations (GATT) Division, Economic Affairs Bureau, Director, Japan-US Security Division, and Director, First North America Division, both in the North American Affairs Bureau.
He was posted as Deputy Japanese Representative to the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva (1987-88) and Deputy Head of Mission at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra, Australia (1989-91), as well as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Japanese Embassy in London (1994-97). In 1998 and 1999, he served as Foreign Ministry Spokesman / Director General for Press and Public Information. In 2000, he was appointed Ambassador to Pakistan; from 2003 to 2004, he was Ambassador in Charge of Okinawan Affairs; from December 2004 to March 2007 he was Ambassador to Canada. In July 2009, he accompanied Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress on their visits to Canada and Hawaii as their official spokesman. He was Executive Director, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) from April 2007 to June 2009. He has been Advisor, KAJIMA Corporation since May 2007. Having served as Vice-Chairman, the English-Speaking Union of Japan (ESUJ) from June 2008, he became its Chairman in June 2011.
Advisor, KAJIMA Corporation Chairman, the English-Speaking Union of Japan; Member, Advisory Committee on International Broadcasting Programmes, NHK; Counsellor, Foreign Press Center/Japan (FPCJ).