Ambassador Kazuo KODAMA took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Japan to the OECD on 7 October 2013.
Mr. Kodama was born on 11 June 1953. He holds a BA in Law from the University of Tokyo and both a BA and Master’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Mr. Kodama started his career in 1976 within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1979 he was appointed third then second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan to the United Arab Emirates. He held several important positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: from 1981 to 1983, he was Deputy Director of the Economic Affairs Division of the United Nations Bureau; in 1983, he was appointed Deputy Director of the First Economic Cooperation Division within the Economic Cooperation Bureau; in 1984, he became Deputy Director of the Loan Division at the Economic Cooperation Bureau; from 1985 to 1988 he is Principal Deputy Director of the Overseas Public relations Division within the Public Information and Cultural Affairs Bureau. In 1988 he became First Secretary within the Energy and Commercial Section of the Embassy of Japan in the United Kingdom. From 1991 to 1994, he was Consul, Chief of the Economic and Commercial Section of the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong; in 1994 he became Director of the Oceania Division within the European and Oceania Affairs Bureau. In 1996, Mr. Kodama was made Director of the International Press Division within the Minister’s Secretariat. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Minister and Spokesman for the Embassy of Japan in Washington. In 2001, Mr. Kodama was appointed Minister at the Embassy of Japan in New Delhi. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Kodama was Deputy Director-General of the Economic Cooperation Bureau and of the Asian and Oceania Affairs Bureau. In 2006, he became Consul-General of Japan in Los Angeles. From 2008 to 2010, he was Press Secretary and Director-General for Press and Public Relations within the Minister’s Secretariat. In 2010, he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations.
From March 2013 until his nomination as Permanent Representative of Japan to the OECD, Ambassador Kodama was Director-General of the Foreign Service Training Institute.
Mr. Kazuo KODAMA is married to Ms. Keiko KODAMA and they have two children.