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|Born||September 13, 1941|
|Occupation||Commissioner of Nippon Professional Baseball|
|Employer||Nippon Professional Baseball|
Ryozo Kato (加藤 良三 Katō Ryōzō , born September 13, 1941) is a Japanese lawyer and career diplomat who served as the Japanese Ambassador to the United States from 2001 to 2008. He is now the Commissioner of Nippon Professional Baseball.
Ambassador Ryozo Kato, Commissioner of Nippon Professional Baseball and former Ambassador of Japan to the United States, has had a long and distinguished career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Japanese Government. A graduate of Tokyo University Faculty of Law and Yale Law School, he served his country in Australia, Egypt, and the United States, in addition to multiple global assignments within the Ministry in Tokyo.
Positions which Ambassador Kato served in the United States include the Third Secretary in the Embassy (1967–1969), Minister in the Embassy (1987–1990), and Consul-General in San Francisco (1992–1994). He returned to Japan to serve as the Director-General of the Asian Affairs Bureau (1995–1997) and the Deputy-General of the Foreign Policy Bureau (1997–1999). After serving as the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (1999–2001), he was appointed the Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America from 2001 to 2008. He has been recognized and respected on both sides of the Pacific for his outstanding understanding of the issues and his clarity in direction to resolve them.
Ambassador Ryozo Kato became the Commissioner of Nippon Professional Baseball in Tokyo in 2008.
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