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Oshima Named as Japan Ambassador to Seoul
New Envoy to Arrive in Seoul Sometime after August
Shotaro Oshima ( )
Shotaro Oshima ( ), deputy minister for foreign affairs of Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), has been unofficially named as new ambassador to Korea, a diplomatic source in Tokyo told The Seoul Times June 8, 2005.
Oshima will replace Toshiyuki Takano(Ѻ), who has been assigned to the post since January 2003, in the second half of this year,

The 61-year-old career diplomat is expected to arrive in Seoul sometime after August as the Ambassador Toshiyuki will leave Seoul for his new ambassadorial post in Germany.

Diplomatic sources in Seoul said that the replacement has something to do with Toshiyuki's controversial remarks he made earlier this year on Tokdo islets (Լ), which touched off a flurry of anti-Japanese protests among South Koreans.

Amb. Toshiyuki Takano (Ѻ) will serve in Germany soon.
In a press conference on Feb. 23, 2005, the top Japanese envoy argued that Dokdo is obviously Japanese territory. In the meeting of foreign correspondents held at the Korea Press Foundation in downtown Seoul, he said "Takeshima () is historically and legally Japanese territory." Japan refer to "little rocks" in the middle of sea between Japan and Korea as Takeshima whereas Korea call it Dokdo.

Profile of Shotaro Oshima ( )

Shotaro Oshima was born on Sept. 20, 1943 at the height of the Pacific War. He had to endure the hardships in the years during and following the war, which brought Japan to the ashes of war.

At age 25, as a student of Japan's prestigious University of Tokyo Shotaro passed the Higher Foreign Service Examination in 1967. One year later he graduated from the university with a jurisprudence major.

In April of 1968 Shotaro officially joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As foreign service officer Shotaro was sent to the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC in June, 1989. He served there as first secretary.

Three years after, Shotaro promoted to counsellor and went to Israel to served at the Japanese Embassy there.

In 1985 Shotaro became a director in charge of the First Southeast Asia Division, Asian Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Two years later, he took the directorship of the Policy Planning Division of MOFA's Information Analysis-Research-Planning Bureau. In February of 1989 he served as director of MOFA's Overseas Establishments Division.

After long years at the headquarters he was sent to Russia. In 1991 he served as minister at the Embassy of Japan in Moscow. He stayed in Russia for about three years.

In January of 1994 Shotaro went to America to serve there as minister of the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC. Three years later he came back to the MOFA and served there as director-general of its Economic Affairs Bureau.

At the start of 2000 Shotaro was appointed as ambassador to Saudi Arabia, but barely one year later he came back to MOFA and served as deputy minister for foreign affairs.

In September, 2002 Shotaro was appointed as ambassador and permanent representative of Japan to the United Nations, Geneva.




 

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