Appointment of Ms. Fumiko Saiga as Japan's Ambassador in charge of Human Rights

December 6, 2005

  1. On December 6 (Tue), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs appointed Ms. Fumiko Saiga, Japanese Ambassador to Norway and Iceland, as "Ambassador in charge of Human Rights".
  2. The Ministry judged that Ambassador Saiga is the best qualified person for the post of "Ambassador in charge of Human Rights", because she has rich knowledge and experience of human rights and currently works as a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
  3. Ambassador Saiga will strive to resolve human rights issues including the North Korea abduction issue and others in the international community, through attending conferences organized by the United Nations and other organizations, and government-level dialogues on human rights-related issues.

* Ambassador Saiga's curriculum vitae attached.




Fumiko SAIGA

Date of Birth:

30 November 1943


Department of English Studies,
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Graduated: March 1966)


January 1980 International Convention Division, Treaties Bureau
June 1983 First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN
February 1988 Assistant Director, UN Policy Division, UN Affairs Bureau
March 1988 Deputy Director, Social Cooperation Division, UN Affairs Bureau
July 1989 Director, Ocean Division, Economic Affairs Bureau
August 1992 Counsellor, Embassy of Japan in Denmark
March 1996 Minister, Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN
May 1998 Vice Governor of Saitama Prefecture, Japan
September 2000 Consul-General of Japan in Seattle
July 2002 Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN
September 2003 - Present Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Norway
October 2003 - Present Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Iceland


January 1980 - June1983 In charge of preparation of the ratification of the CEDAW by the Government of Japan in International Convention Division, Treaties Bureau
1985 Attended UN Conference on Women in Nairobi, Kenya and in its Preparatory Meetings at CSW (1984 and 1985)
1988-1989 As Deputy Director, had responsibility, among others, women's affairs including CSW, UNIFEM and implementation of CEDAW in Japan in cooperation with other Ministries
1996-1998 In charge of the Third Committee, including CSW and the drafting of the Optional Protocol to CEDAW
1998-2000 Advisor to the Governor of Saitama Prefecture on gender issues
Advisor, Drafting Committee of the Regulation on gender Equality in Saitama Prefecture
February 1999 & February 2000 As Vice Governor of Saitama Prefecture, Japan, hosted "Saitama International Women's Forum, Ms. Angela King, Special Representative of the SG participated as a key-note speaker in February 2000
Prepared for adoption in March of the Regulation on Gender Equality in Saitama Prefecture, the first local government to enact such regulation in Japan
Prepared for establishment of Commission on Gender Equality in Saitama Prefecture
June 2000 Participated in NGO activities during 2000 UN Special GA on Gender together with a group of Saitama women
Conducted lectures at Universities and Communities on the United Nations and the Gender Equality Issue
November 2001 - Present Member, Committee on the Elimination of the Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)


  • UN General Assembly (1983-87, 1990-91, 1996-97)
  • Human Rights Commission
  • UNEP (1983)
  • ILO (1988)
  • ITU (1988)
  • WHO (1988)
  • UNFPA (1988)
  • Conference for the adoption of UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, Wien (1998)
  • IMO (1991)
  • Preparatory Committee of the UN Law of the Sea (1989-92 in NY and Jamaica)
  • UNCED (1992 in Rio de Janeiro)
  • UN Conference on the Social Development (1995 in Copenhagen)

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