Mitsuhiro Wada: Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan

Mitsuhiro Wada was appointed the Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan on November 19, 2021, after completing his term in Hong Kong as Consul General. The diplomatic circles are seeing the appointment of Wada, a career diplomat, in Pakistan as very significant development, indicating the Japanese government interest in multi billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Known as the expert on CPEC, it is believed that Wada has been given a task by his government to explore avenues of cooperation and joint ventures in the corridor project. On previous occasions also, Japan has hinted investment especially in the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) being established under the CPEC. He holds a degree in LLB from University of Tokyo and Masters in Asian Studies from University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Wada’s diplomatic career started in 1983. Soon after, he held various important positions. He was twice appointed as the Minister, Embassy of Japan in the People’s Republic of China in 2007 and 2014 respectively.

Important Diplomatic Assignments

  • 1983 Join Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Japan
  • 1992 Deputy Director, Oceania Division, MOFA
  • 1999 First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva
  • 2002 Counsellor, Embassy of Japan in Indonesia
  • 2007 Minister, Embassy of Japan in the People’s Republic of China
  • 2014 Minister, Embassy of Japan in the People’s Republic of China
  • 2015 Consul-General of Japan in Detroit (Michigan and Ohio)
  • 2018 Consul-General (Ambassador), Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong
  • 2021 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Pakistan

Pakistan and Japan have enjoyed cordial ties ever since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1952. Development cooperation between the two countries had started back in 1954 and to date. In 2020, the amount of export of some Pakistani products including fresh mangoes, dates, salt and shrimps to Japan stood at a record high. Ambassador Wada has pledged to further cordial Japan and Pakistan relationships. He aims for making joint efforts for further strengthening the stable, vibrant and prosperous Japan-Pakistan relations.

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