President to the 47th General Conference: Curriculum Vitae

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Permanent Mission of Japan

Ambassador Takasu was educated at the University of Tokyo (Faculty of Law) and Oxford University (Merton College). He joined Japan's diplomatic service in 1969, and subsequently served in various overseas posts (London, Kuala Lumpur, New York).

At the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, he was responsible for Japan's policy toward Western Europe (Director of West European Division, 1988-89) and policy toward the United Nations (Director of UN Policy Division 1989-92). During the Gulf crisis, Ambassador Takasu was in charge of formulating Japan's contributions to the international efforts, including drafting UN Peace-keeping Cooperation Law.

Mr. Takasu served as Deputy Chief of Mission, Minister of the Embassy of Japan in Indonesia from 1992-1993.

In September 1993, Mr. Takasu was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Assistant Secretary-General, Controller of the United Nations in New York. During over three and a half years at the UN Secretariat, he was responsible for the budgetary and financial operation of the UN, including peace-keeping operations.

From early 1997, Ambassador Takasu assumed the post of Japan's Ambassador the United Nations and represented Japan on the Security Council (1997-1998) and at other UN Conferences for three years.

In early 2000, Ambassador Taksau was posted to Tokyo and assigned to the post of Director-General of the Multilateral Cooperation Department. In this capacity, he was responsible for overseeing Japan's contributions to the international organizations, as well as for promoting human security initiatives, in dealing with emerging global issues such as the environment, refugees, infectious diseases, drugs and crime. During the Kyusu/Okinawa G8 Summit in July 2000, he was appointed as Ambassador in charge of civil society.

In December 2001, Ambassador Takasu took up his current assignment as Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna.

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