For the first time in history, a Japanese born in Mexican territory is the new Japan ambassador to Mexico


Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard reported the appointment of the new Japanese ambassador to Mexico, Noriteru Fukushima.

The assignment is historic, as for the first time in the 133 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Asian nation assigned a Japanese born in Mexican territory as ambassador to the Latin American country.

Noriteru Fukushima was born on June 3, 1959 at the Santa Mónica hospital located in the Polanco neighborhood; there he was registered with the name Jaime Fukushima. Although he was born in the Mexican Republic, he moved to Japan, a country where he went to college, and then began his political career.

In Mexico, the ambassador was registered with the name of Jaime Fukushima (Photo: Twitter / @ embjpmx)

In March 1981, he obtained his degree from Kyoto University School of Law. Soon after, he began his professional life and in April he entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

His professional experience has been characterized by being in charge of positions that have to do with Japanese diplomatic issues in Latin American countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.

In 1993 he came to New York to the United Nations (UN) to perform his duties as the first secretary of the permanent mission of Japan, it should be noted that this is the only representation that the Asian country has at the UN.

Later, in 1996 he became the first secretary of the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Argentina. Thanks to his work performance, at the beginning of 1998 he was promoted to counselor.

During August of the same year, he became part of the Terrorism Prevention Directorate, in the General Directorate of Migration and Consular Affairs. Then in 2000, he served as director of the First Directorate of Latin America and the Caribbean.

On November 4, 2021, Yasushi Takase, the former ambassador, was released from the post and on December 12, through his Twitter account, he officially introduced Noriteru as his successor.


Mexico Daily Post