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Motohide Yoshikawa

Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations in September 2013. Mr. Yoshikawa has a prominent carrier as a professional diplomat in areas such as multilateral diplomacy with the UN and OECD, development assistance and peace-building, in all of which he has been advancing human security.


From 2010 to 2013, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the OECD in Paris. At the OECD, he served as Chair of the Executive Committee for two and a half years. From 2009 to 2010, Ambassador Yoshikawa served as Japan’s first Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and from 2006 to 2009 he served as Ambassador to Spain.


From 2004 to 2006, he was Director-General of the Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2002, he was named Deputy Director-General of the Economic Cooperation Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  From 1997 to 2002, he was Minister and subsequently Ambassador for Political Affairs at the Japanese Mission to the United Nations in New York.  During his time in New York, he served as Vice-Chair of the Special Committee on Peace Keeping Operations of the General Assembly. Prior to that he also served as the Director of the United Nations Policy Division of the Foreign Policy Bureau in charge of the General Assembly and the Security Council.


Mr. Yoshikawa graduated with a degree in Social Sciences from the International Christian University in Tokyo in 1974.