Who is Uichiro Niwa?

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Uichiro Niwa took the position as Japanese ambassador to China in July 2010. His appointment was unusual in that he came from commercial, rather than political, circles.

Uichiro Niwa

Born in 1939 in Nagoya, he joined trading firm Itochu Corp after graduating from the School of Law at Nagoya University in 1962. He was appointed president in 1998, chairman in 2004, and advisor in April 2010.

During this period, he was also a member of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy of the Cabinet Office, the Chairman of the Council for Decentralization Reform of the Cabinet Office, and a staff member of the World Food Programme (WFP) Committee.

In addition, he holds a seat on the Beijing International Entrepreneurs Advisory Board and is an economic advisor to the governor of Jilin Province.


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