Online session for student members: “Job Roundtable ”With Amb. Akasaka Kiyotaka, former UN Under-Secretary-General

On Thursday, March 17th, we invited former UN Under-Secretary-General Kiyotaka Akasaka as a guest speaker for an online session for the student members of the America-Japan Society on the theme of “Job Roundtable”.

Mr. Akasaka joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1971 and served in the GATT Secretariat, WHO Secretariat, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, and Deputy Secretary-General for Public Information at the UN. Mr. Akasaka gave a lecture on what one should do to be active globally and how efficiently one should become a national public servant. The participants asked various questions about the difference between multilateral diplomacy and bilateral diplomacy, the strengths of Japanese nationals in international organizations, the neutrality of international civil servants, etc. He answered all questions in detail, citing his own specific experiences. The seminar provided a valuable opportunity for the students to deepen their understanding of a career in international civil service and to reflect on their own careers.