Message from the Ambassador

(photo)Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the OECD Hiroshi OE

November, 2018

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of Japan to the OECD

Hiroshi OE

Thank you for visiting the web page of the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The OECD was established in 1961 and is currently composed of 36 member countries, including Japan. The OECD aims to promote economic growth, raise employment and living conditions, expand free and multinational trade, and support economic development in emerging countries by means of analysis, coordination, and international rule-making. The OECD provides recommendations and makes global standards in various fields including economics, finance, trade, and also elaborates plans to develop better policies for the international community.
Furthermore, the OECD plays a role as a "think-do-tank" through the provision of effective mechanisms including a public relations approach and peer review which evaluates each member country on the degree of achievement based on the OECD standards that have been set forth. Japan is an active member in policy discussions and we are proud to be a major contributor in spreading OECD standards globally.

I started my official appointment as Ambassador to the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the OECD in February 2017. Previously, I was chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It is an honor for me to be in this position and also symbolic because 39 years after joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and taking French training in Aix-en-Provence, this is the first time I am working in France. Through working in the OECD community, I find great pleasure in taking part to promote prosperity of international economies through close collaboration with member delegations and the OECD secretariat.

In light of the growing influence and rules of emerging economies today, the OECD has taken on a new role in the international community by making intellectual contributions to the global framework, such as the G20. In addition, the Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP), which was established in 2013, greatly strengthens cooperation between the OECD and Southeast Asian countries. Japan has played a pivotal role in the SEARP by serving as co-chair of the Steering group since the launch of the programme until March 2018. As a strong supporter of ASEAN and a neighbor to SEA countries, Japan will continue its efforts to build bridges between the OECD and Asia.

I hope this website will help you understand the wide range of OECD activities, achievements, and the relationship between Japan and the OECD. The content of this webpage will be updated regularly, and we welcome any questions, opinions or feedback you wish to share.
Thank you for your interest.