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 by Tsuneo Nishida
Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau
In office
Preceded by Hitoshi 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] Yabunaka became Consul General from Japan to the United States in 1998, 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]


  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).


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  • "China, Japan fail again to solve gas issue". The China Post. 25 February 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  • "Foreign Ministry to cooperate with DPJ in investigation on secret nuke accord with U.S." The Mainichi Daily News. Retrieved 15 September 2009. [dead link]
  • Funabashi, Yōichi (2007). The Peninsula Question: a Chronicle of the Second Korean Nuclear Crisis. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press. ISBN 0-8157-3010-1. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  • Hongo, Jun (21 August 2009). "Roos gets to work, meets vice minister". The Japan Times. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  • "Indonesia, Japan resume free trade negotiations". The Jakarta Post. 16 September 2004. Archived from the original on 22 June 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  • "9 Oct 08 - Discussion Meeting - Mitoji Yabunaka". International Institute for Strategic Studies. 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  • "Japanese delegation arrives in Beijing for six-party talks". Xinhua News Agency. 25 August 2003. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  • Jiji Press (4 December 2002). "Japan to Promote Key N. Korea Negotiator Tanaka". Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  • Kyodo News (3 October 2007). "Reporter's slaying was accidental: Myanmar". The Japan Times. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  • McDonald, Joe (25 February 2004). "China Plays Diplomat in Nuclear Dispute". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  • "Mofa Info". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  • Potter, Dean (14 June 2000). "Consul General Mitoji Yabunaka: Building Good Relationships". Asian Pages. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  • "S Korean ambassador protests over Japan's claim of disputed islets". Xinhua News Agency. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
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