Greetings from the New Ambassador

Sobashima Hidenobu

Warm greetings to you all. I am Sobashima Hidenobu, new Ambassador of Japan to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), who arrived here on October 7, 2019.

While Japan and the FSM established the diplomatic relations in 1988, their people’s exchanges date back more than 120 years ago, and there are a great number of citizens of the FSM of Japanese origin.

In the recent years, while extensive activities of fishing by Japanese vessels have been seen in the waters of the FSM, the Government of Japan has been engaged in various development cooperation projects including technical cooperation through people-to-people exchanges by JICA.
Exchanges hosted by non-government organizations have been also abundant between the two countries.

The Government of Japan attaches importance to promoting the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”.
The unshakably friendly relationship which has been consolidated between Japan and the FSM, a country almost at the center of the Pacific, provides a strong basis for the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”.

Under these circumstances, I would like to make my efforts, building upon the long-standing friendly and cooperative relations between our two countries, and in cooperation with the Japanese residents, experts, volunteers, NGOs and companies in the FSM, to further advance the relations.
Your understanding and cooperation to this end would be highly appreciated.

Sobashima Hidenobu,
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan
to the Federated States of Micronesia

(Professional Career)
Born in 1956. Graduated from the Faculty of Law, the University of Tokyo. Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in 1981. His previous assignments include MOFA’s Director, Energy Resources Division; Director, Global Environment Division; Minister, Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Geneva; Minister, Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, and Consul-General of Japan at Manila; Deputy Press Secretary, and  Director-General, Public Diplomacy Department; Consul-General of Japan at Melbourne, Australia; as well as Director-General, International Affairs Department, House of Councillors (Upper House of the Japanese Parliament), and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Zambia.