India and Japan: Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

Speaker: Mr. Hideki Asari

Minister (Political Affairs)

Embassy of Japan, New Delhi.

Chairperson: Dr.  Prakash P

Time: 3:00 pm

About the Speaker:

A career diplomat with extensive experience in the planning and execution of foreign policies, Hideki Asari has been involved in a wide range of diplomatic negotiations, both bilateral and multilateral, and has held positions such as Counsel for Trade Negotiations in the International Legal Affairs Bureau (2004-2005) where he contributed to Free Trade Agreements negotiations, and Director of the Oceania Division in charge of Australia, New Zealand and Pacific island countries (2005-2007) where he played a leading role in drafting the Japan-Australia Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation in 2007. Between 2007 and 2009 he was Cabinet Counsellor in the Office of the Diplomatic Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office. Before assuming his current role as Minister (Political Affairs) in New Delhi in July 2016, he was Minister (Public Diplomacy and Media) at the Embassy of Japan in London. He was responsible for public relations and media affairs, and was interviewed by BBC and Sky News on various occasions and, coupled with his extensive network in British media, contributed to deepening of understanding on Japan’s foreign and security policy. Prior to that, he had served for nearly two years (2011 to 2013) as Deputy Director-General (COO) of the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), a leading Japanese think-tank on foreign and security policy. His overseas posts include First Secretary, and later Political Counsellor at the Embassy in Seoul (2001-2003), Economic Counsellor, and later Minister at the Embassy in Washington DC (2009-2011). His teaching experience includes lecturing at the Graduate School, School of Law, at Waseda University (International Law) (2003-2005) and acting as supervisor for the Japan Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF) Staff College thesis course (2011-2013). Hideki Asari joined the foreign service in 1986 after graduating from Waseda University in Tokyo. He also earned an M.A. from the University of Oxford.

Conferance Hall II


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