Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae was appointed the Ambassador of Japan to the United States in November 2012. Before coming to Washington he served as Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, the highest level civil service position in the Japanese Foreign Ministry. He studied at Swarthmore College and in 1984 his first foreign assignment was as First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. Among other accomplishments, Ambassador Sasae served as Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister of Japan, Director-General of the Economic Affairs Bureau, Director-General of the Asian & Oceania Affairs Bureau and Chief Japanese Negotiator to the Six-Party Talks on North Korea.