Ambassador Yoshifumi Okamura took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Japan to the OECD on 13 January 2020.
Mr. Okamura holds a degree in Public Law from the University of Tokyo.
In 1981, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan, in the Economic Affairs Division of the United Nations Bureau. From 1984 to 1986, he served as Third Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Algeria. He then served in the Operation Division of the National Defense Bureau, Self-Defense Agency from 1986 to 1988. Mr. Okamura became Assistant Director for the First Western Europe Division of the European and Oceanic Bureau in 1988 and Deputy Director for the Nuclear and Non-proliferation Division in 1993. He then served as First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Italy (1993-1995), Counsellor at the Embassy of Japan in India (1995-1999), and Chief Political Officer to the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (1999-2001). In 2001, he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Director of the Disarmament and Arms Control Division (2001-2003).
From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Okamura served as Minister at the Embassy of Japan in France, and then in 2006, at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna as Minister in charge of the International Atomic Energy Agency until 2008. He was appointed Ambassador of Japan to Côte d’Ivoire in 2008 and Consul General of Japan in Chicago in 2011. In 2012, he became Director-General for African Affairs and Special Representative for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). From 2014 to 2017, he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations.
Prior to taking up his duties as Permanent Representative of Japan to the OECD in 2020, Mr. Okamura was Ambassador for TICAD, UN Reform, Human Rights and Representative of the Government of Japan for International Peace and Stability, since 2017, and also served as Special Envoy for Expo 2025 Osaka-Kansai.