Kunio Mikuriya

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Kunio Mikuriya
御厨 邦雄
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Kunio Mikuriya, 2010
Secretary General of the World Customs Organization
Assumed office
1 January 2009

Kunio Mikuriya (御厨 邦雄 Mikuriya Kunio?) is the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO).


Mikuriya has a BA in law from the University of Tokyo and a PhD in international relations from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies. During his career, Mikuriya has held various high-level positions in Japan's Ministry of Finance. He also had assignments as Counsellor in Japan's Mission to the WTO and a negotiator for Japan during the GATT Uruguay Round negotiations.[1]


From 2002 to 2008, Mikuriya was the WCO Deputy Secretary General. On 28 June 2008, he was elected WCO Secretary General, and he took up this post on 1 January 2009.[2] On 30 June 2013, he was re-elected to a second five year [1]. Mikuriya has called for successful completion of the Doha Development Round,[3] lobbied against the U.S. 100% container scanning law,[4] advocated enhanced trade facilitation measures during the global economic downturn,[5] and supported the contribution of Customs to environmental protection.[6]


  • Mikuriya, Kunio (2003), The Challenges of Facilitating the Flow of Commerce in a Heightened Security Environment, in UNECE (2003), Cosgrave-Sacks, Carol and Mario Apostolov (eds.), Trade Facilitation – The Challenges for Growth and Development.[7]
  • Mikuriya, Kunio (2004), Legal Framework for Customs Operations and Enforcement Issues, (Chapter 3 of the World Bank's Customs Modernization Handbook).[8]
  • Mikuriya, Kunio (2006), The Customs Response to the 21st Century, Global Trade and Customs Journal, Vol.1, No. 1.[9]
  • Mikuriya, Kunio (2007), Supply Chain Security: The Customs Community's Response, World Customs Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2.[10]