Mitoji Yabunaka

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Mitoji Yabunaka
Profile of a middle-aged Japanese man from the chest up wearing a dark suit, blue tie, and glasses. His hair is greying to a silver.
Mitoji Yabunaka in 2005
Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
Preceded byTsuneo Nishida
Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau
In office
Preceded byHitoshi Tanaka

Mitoji Yabunaka (薮中 三十二, Yabunaka Mitoji, born January 23, 1948) is the current Japanese Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs[1] in charge of administration.[2] Prior to his current position, Yabunaka served as Ministry of Foreign Affair's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Director-General.[3][4] He has been a diplomat for nearly forty years.[5]


Before entering government service, Yabunaka was a senior researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies from 1990-1991.[6] In 1998, Yabunaka became Consul General of Japan in Chicago US, and visited the country on several occasions.[5]

Yabunaka has represented Japan on a number of occasions, and has negotiated trade deals with the United States, Australia,[7] and Indonesia.[8] He has had contact with a number of United States diplomats, including hosting current United States Ambassador to Japan John Roos shortly following Roos' appointment.[9] During the first, second, and third rounds of the Six-party talks, Yabunaka represented Japan as chief delegate.[10] The Japanese government also sent Yabanuka as a delegate to China to discuss issues of natural gas reserves under the East China Sea.[11]

He handled Myanmar relations during the Kenji Nagai shooting incident, demanding an investigation and challenging governmental claims.[12] Yabunaka replaced Toshiyuki Takano as Director-General of Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau in 2002.[13] In 2008, Yabunaka held talks with South Korean Ambassador Kwon Chul Hyun over disputed islets in the Sea of Japan.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (2009).
  2. ^ The Mainichi Daily News (2009).
  3. ^ Funabashi (2007), 44.
  4. ^ Xinhua (2003).
  5. ^ a b Potter (2000).
  6. ^ IISS (2008).
  7. ^ Cameron (2005).
  8. ^ Jakarta Post (2006).
  9. ^ Hongo (2009).
  10. ^ McDonald (2004).
  11. ^ The China Post (2008).
  12. ^ Kyodo News (2007).
  13. ^ Jiji (2002).
  14. ^ Xinhua (2008).