H.E. Dr. Akima Umezawa
Dr. Akima Umezawa started his term of office as the Consul-General of Japan in Dubai in 2017. He joined the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in1991, and in 2009 he was appointed the Head of Chancery to the Embassy of Japan in Singapore. Upon returning to MOFA in 2011, he served as the Director of Fisheries Division and the Cabinet Counsellor to the Ocean Policy Cabinet Secretariat, and in 2013 he was an Advisor to the Representative of the Government of Japan to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). He also served an international organization, the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, established by governments of Japan, China and Korea, as the Deputy Secretary-General in 2015-2017.
Dr. Akima Umezawa received a Master’s Degree (M.A.) in International Relations (1995) and a Master’s Diploma (M.Sc.) in Management of Information System (1996) from University of Leeds, England, and a Ph.D. Degree in Ocean Management from University of Tokyo in 1991. He has served as the APEC Project Overseer (APEC Project: Workshop on the Climate Impact on the Oceans and Fisheries Resources) in 2014-2015, and the Chair of Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) in 2012. He was awarded as a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 1989 - 1990. He was a Visiting Professor of the Gujarat National Law University’s Public International Law in the International Maritime Academy in 2015-2016. He was also presented the Plaque of Appreciation, No. 12336, by Minister Kang Kyung-wha, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea, on 25 August 2017.
UMEZAWA Akima, 2004, International order of maritime laws, Legal arrangement for the prevention and suppression of piracy in Asia, The Journal of international law and diplomacy, 103 (1), p107-125.
UMEZAWA Akima, 2005, International prospects over preparation of submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, Trends in the Science (Japan Science Support Foundation), p26-31.
UMEZAWA Akima, ed., 2015, APEC Workshop on the Climate Change Impact on Oceans and Fisheries Resources, APEC Publication (APEC 215-OF-04.1.), ISBN 978-981-09-6516-7.