ASG Press Release: ASG Welcomes Kenichirō Sasae as Senior Advisor

Mary Clare Rigali


Former Japanese Vice Minister and ambassador to the United States expands firm’s senior expertise in East Asia

March 27, 2019 (Washington, DC) – Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), the premier global strategy and commercial diplomacy firm, announced today that Kenichirō Sasae has joined ASG as a Senior Advisor.

Based in Tokyo, Ambassador Sasae brings over 40 years of experience working at the highest levels of Japanese government, including as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Japanese ambassador to the United States.

“Ambassador Sasae brings deep expertise and understanding of how businesses can take advantage of new opportunities across Asia and around the world,” said Madeleine K. Albright, Chair of ASG. “His distinguished career as a Japanese government official and diplomat give him a nuanced understanding of political and economic issues that will serve our clients extraordinarily well.”

During his 44-year career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sasae served as Japan’s ambassador to the U.S. from 2012 until 2018, as Vice Minister from 2010 until 2012, as Director-General of the Economic Affairs and Asian and Oceania Affairs Bureaus, and as Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs, among other senior positions. He also served as Japan’s representative to the six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program.

He is currently the President of The Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo.

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