• 50 Years of Friendship and Exchanges

    Ambassador Kobayashi Hiroyuki

    Mongolia Connect (via Zoom)

    TBD October, 2022, 1800 (Ulaanbaatar), 1900 (Tokyo)

    *We apologize for the inconvenience, but due to some schedule conflicts, we have had to postpone this talk. We are currently verifying a new date and time for this event and will send out information with the new event time when we have confirmed them. Thank you for your continued support of YCAPS and we look forward to seeing you at the rescheduled date.*


    2022 marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Japan and Mongolia. These two countries already enjoy a robust strategic partnership in the political, cultural, and economic spheres, and now the two governments announced 2022 as the “Year of Friendship and Exchanges between the Mongolian and Japanese Children and Youth.” The commemoration of this significant anniversary stresses the two countries’ stable, reliable, and friendly relations. Mongolia’s Foreign ministry organized symposiums and exhibits to highlight and honor the fruitful relationship throughout 2022.


    The 50th anniversary of Japan-Mongolia diplomatic relations presents both Mongolian and Japanese communities with opportunities to strengthen and refresh the current formal and informal relationships. As stated by the Mongolian Secretary of State Ankhbayar Nyamdorj, “Mongolia-Japan strategic partnership not only includes strengthening bilateral relations but also will contribute to the peace and security of the region and its development.” Following the Ulaanbaatar Dialogues on Northeast Asian Security and subsequent conversations on the importance of the Indo-Pacific’s connectivity, both Japan and Mongolia must continue to collaborate for the benefit of the region.


    As stated in The Diplomat, “Since his appointment as a Japanese ambassador to Mongolia, Kobayashi Hiroyuki has been supportive of intellectual activities that were initiated by his predecessor, Takenori Shimizu. For example, the Mongolian Seminars, organized by Chuo University, play a role in continuing the Japan-Mongolia relations and its narrative.” Ambassador Hiroyuki will share his experiences, insights, and perspectives on how the Japan-Mongolian relationship can flourish.


    Please send questions for Ambassador Kobayashi to nick@ycaps.org by 30 September 2022.


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    This event is a part of YCAPS' "Mongolia Connect Series" and is co-sponsored by the Institute for Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS)


    Guest Biography:

    Kobayashi Hiroyuki has been serving as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Mongolia since November 2019. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Consul-General of Japan in Nashville, Tennessee. Ambassador Kobayashi earned his bachelor’s degree in the Faculty of Law from Chuo University and earned his master’s degree at the Graduate School of Uralic and Altaic Studies at Indiana University. He has been serving in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1983. Previous positions also include serving as the Special Coordinator for Minister’s Secretariat in the Personnel Affairs Division of MOFA, Director of the Maritime Security Policy Division, Foreign Policy Bureau of MOFA, and First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC to name a few. Since 1983, Ambassador Kobayashi has served in over 15 different positions within MOFA, strengthening relationships between Japan and Mongolia, and Japan and the United States at every opportunity. His breadth of experience includes the Climate Change Division, Policy Planning Division, and International Nuclear Cooperation Division, to name a few.


    Webinar Cost: Free of charge.

    Moderator: Nick Millward
    Format: This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded. Please send questions for Ambassador Kobayashi to nick@ycaps.org by 30 September.

    Registration: Required via this Link.

    Co-sponsor: Institute for Contemporary Asian Studies

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