Name: Shigekazu Sato
Arrival in Australia: July 2010
Occupation: Ambassador of Japan to Australia
Location: The Embassy of Japan in Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
In July 2010 Ambassador Sato arrived in Canberra as Japan’s new ambassador to Australia. Coming from Hong Kong, the Australian capital city seemed quiet and peaceful to him, and he began his work with a deep appreciation for the country, which had started accepting Japanese migrants as early as the 19th century. Today, Australia hosts the third-largest population of Japanese outside Japan. Ambassador Sato likens Australia-Japan relations to an old marriage – stable and trustworthy – and it is his mission to make that relationship an even more stable and prosperous one. In this video interview, Ambassador Sato addresses the issue of language learning for the Japanese, recognizing the burden resulting from English as the language of globalization in the 21st century.