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Welcome Message of the Ambassador

Dear visitors! I am pleased to welcome you to the official website of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Japan!

Recently, Russian-Japanese relations have been experiencing dynamic development in a number of areas. We conduct regular political dialogues with one another, economic cooperation has been intensifiying, we are engaged in cultural exchanges and have been consolidating regional ties. Japan is one of our leading partners, not just within the Asia-Pacific but throughout the world.
At the same time I am deeply convinced that there remains an untapped wealth of potential for further expansion of the spheres of our cooperation, enhancement of mutual-understanding, as well as the deepening of business and social relations between our two countries and peoples. One of the priorities of the Embassy is also to protect the legitimate rights and interests of our citizens in Japan.
I hope the information you find on this website will assist you in finding the answers to basic questions about the Russian Federation, Russian-Japanese relations, and Russian diplomatic missions and consular offices in Japan.

Best regards,

Evgeny Afanasiev
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the Russian Federation to Japan

Evgeny V. Afanasiev (curriculum vitae)

Date of Birth:
May 25, 1947
Place of Birth:
Rostov-on-Don, Russia,till the high school graduation lived in Chita, Eastern Siberia
Education:
Moscow State Institute (University) of International Relations, 1970
Fluent in Chinese, English and French Languages
Diplomatic Rank:
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Career:
Entered diplomatic service in 1970
1970-1975
Attaché, the USSR Embassy in Beijing, People's Republic of China
1975-1976
Attaché, 1st Far Eastern Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow
1976-1984
3rd Secretary 2nd Secretary, 1st Secretary, the USSR Embassy in Washington D.C., USA
1984-1985
1st Secretary, 1st Far Eastern Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow
1985-1987
Chief Assistant to the Deputy Foreign Minister in charge of Asian and Pacific Affairs
1987
Counsellor, Secretariat of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
1987-1992
Counsellor, the USSR/Russian Embassy in Washington D.C., USA
1992-1994
1st Deputy Director-General, 1st Asia and Pacific Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow
1994-1997
Director-General, 1st Asia Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow
1997-2001
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Korea
2001-2004
Director-General, 1st Asia Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow
2004-2010
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Thailand, Permanent Representative to UN ESCAP
2010-2012
Director-General of the Personnel Department, Member of the Collegium, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moscow
As of Feb. 2012
Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Japan
Family:
Married, has a son and three daughters
State Awards:
Order of Friendship

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