Ambassador's Profile

SUZUKI Kazuhiro
Ambassador of Japan to Australia

Ambassador SUZUKI Kazuhiro was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Australia in March 2023. Preceding this assignment, he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Turkey from October 2020 to April 2023.
He began his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1986. During his time in the Foreign Ministry, he has held a variety of positions, including Principal Deputy Director in charge of the Korean Peninsula, and Senior Coordinator in the Foreign Policy Bureau. One of his overseas postings was as a Political Counsellor at the Embassy of Japan in the People’s Republic of China from 2004 to 2007. From August 2007 to October 2013, he served as Director for Japan-U.S. Security Affairs, Director for Embassy and Consulate Management, and Director of Aid Policy and Management for the International Cooperation Bureau. He served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative of Japan to the African Union from December 2013 until September 2016, simultaneously acting as the Co-Chairman of the African Union Partners Group in the diplomatic corps of Addis Ababa.
From September 2016 to January 2018, he served as Minister for Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C. From January 2018 to July 2020, he was Assistant Minister/Director-General of the North American Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He holds a Bachelor of International Relations from the University of Tokyo, a Master in Political Science from Stanford University and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.