28 August 2007
Press Release

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note

New permanent representative of japan presents credentials


(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service.)

Yukio Takasu, the new Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, today presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Mr. Takasu has just completed a year as a visiting fellow at Harvard University while concurrently holding an attachment to his countryís Embassy in Washington, DC.† Prior to that, from 2005, he served as his countryís ambassador in charge of human security, science and technology cooperation.† Also in that period, as a Special Envoy for United Nations reform, he initiated the formation of the Friends of Human Security, an informal forum promoting the human security approach within United Nations activities.

From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Takasu served as his countryís ambassador to international organizations based in Vienna, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBTO) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).† Among other capacities, he held the position of President of the IAEA General Conference and he chaired the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO.

During a 2000 posting in Tokyo, Mr. Takasu held the position of Director-General for his countryís Department of Multilateral Cooperation.† In that capacity, he participated in hosting the Group of Eight Okinawa Summit, promoted his countryís initiative for human security and launched its Commission for Human Security.

From 1997 to 2000, he served as Japanís Ambassador to the United Nations, including during Japanís Presidency of the Security Council in the first of those years.† That posting came after he served from 1993 as Controller of the United Nations at the Assistant Secretary-General level, with responsibility for budget and financial management of the Organization.

Mr. Takasu served as Deputy Chief of Mission at his countryís Embassy in Indonesia from 1992 to 1993.† Prior to that, as a member of his countryís Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, he was responsible for matters related to Japanís foreign policy towards Western Europe and the United Nations.† He was also in charge of formulating Japanís contribution to international efforts during the Gulf crisis, taking part in the drafting of the United Nations Peacekeeping Cooperation Law.

While serving at his countryís Mission to the United Nations as First Secretary and then Counsellor from 1981 to 1988, Mr. Takasu served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ).† He began diplomatic service on behalf of his country in 1969 and served in overseas posts in London, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Jakarta, Vienna and Washington, DC.

Mr. Takasu was educated in the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo and at Merton College of Oxford University.

Mr. Takasu was born on 29 August 1946.† He is married and has two children.

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