30 years after Showa: Japan-China relations in uncharted eras
2019 marks the end of the Heisei era and 30 years after the previous Showa era (1926-1989) in Japan. What are Japan’s challenges and solutions in uncharted eras, several decades before and after the end of World War II, including the nation’s vital relationship with China?
Consul General Akira Chiba assumed the post of Consul General of Japan, Los Angeles in July 2016. Born in Tehran, Iran, he is a third-generation career diplomat, after his father and grandfather before him. During his several decades career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), he has spent eight years in China, and the remainder of his overseas postings in Switzerland, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States. The post of Consul General in Los Angeles is his third U.S. tour. During assignments in Tokyo, he has been charged with legal affairs, grant aid, and economic cooperation portfolios, in addition to Oceanian regional affairs and several years as MOFA’s Assistant Press Secretary to the international media. He has written journal articles on Japan’s global relations and authored numerous texts, many published both in Japanese and Chinese on a wide variety of topics, from Japan-Sino relations to the intricacies of working with the U.S. Congress. He is a graduate of the Law Faculty of Tokyo University, attended Peking University in China, and graduated with an M.A. in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley.