List of Canadian ambassadors to Japan

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List of Canadian ambassadors to Japan. Canada's third legation abroad was established in Japan in May 1929 in Tokyo with Herbert Marler as the first minister plenipotentiary to the country. Diplomatic relations had been established in December 1928. The mission was downgraded in 1938 due to the worsening international situation with the Chargé d'affaires becoming the lead official. Diplomatic relations were severed after the Japanese attack on World War II. Following the war, Canada's mission in Tokyo was accredited to the Supreme Commander Allied Powers. Formal diplomatic relations were re-established in 1952.[1].

Ambassador Title Appointment date Credentials presented End of Term
The Honourable Sir Herbert Marler Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary January 18, 1929 September 18, 1929 July 3, 1936
The Honourable Robert Randolph Bruce Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary May 20, 1936 November 7, 1936 December 1938
Edgar D'Arcy McGreer Chargé d'Affaires a.i. December 1938 December 7, 1941
Egerton Herbert Norman Head of Mission to SCAP July 7, 1946 August 14, 1946 October 21, 1950
Arthur Redpath Menzies Head of Mission to SCAP November 18, 1950 April 28, 1952
Arthur Redpath Menzies Chargé d'Affaires a.i. April 28, 1952 January 15, 1953
The Honourable Robert Wellington Mayhew Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary September 25, 1952 January 15, 1953 November 23, 1954
The Honourable Thomas Clayton Davis Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary June 10, 1954 March 25, 1957
James Clelland Britton Chargé d'Affaires a.i. November 23, 1954
Theodore Francis Moorhouse Newton Chargé d'Affaires a.i. March 25, 1957 September 1957
William Frederick Bull Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary April 4, 1957 September 7, 1957 January 16, 1963
Richard Plant Bower Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary November 5, 1962 March 18, 1963 May 4, 1966
Herbert Owen Moran Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary February 23, 1966 September 14, 1966 December 29, 1972
Ross Campbell Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary June 8, 1972 January 31, 1973 December 15, 1975
Bruce Irving Rankin Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary February 17, 1976 March 8, 1976 June 9, 1981
Barry Connell Steers Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary September 3, 1981 October 26, 1981 November 24, 1989
James Hutchings Taylor Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary September 7, 1989 December 12, 1989 1992
Donald Wilfred Campbell Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary January 5, 1993 September 6, 1997
Leonard J. Edwards Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary November 10, 1997 June 9, 2001
Robert G. Wright Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary May 28, 2001 2005
Joseph Caron Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary August 19, 2005 2008
Jonathan T. Fried Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary September, 2008 2012
Mackenzie Clugston Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary September 12, 2012 December 14, 2012 2016
Ian Burney Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary July 19, 2016 September 21, 2016 Present

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