Daisuke Matsunaga

Consul General of Japan

Daisuke Matsunaga has been Japan’s Consul General in Edinburgh since May 2016. Having served as a diplomat in the U.S.A., Malaysia, France, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Dubai, he has a wide network of friendships across the world. He served as a negotiator in climate change talks and as assistant press secretary for the Japanese foreign ministry. At the Development Assistance Committee of OECD he represented Japan in co-ordinating foreign aid policy with other donor countries. He served as His Majesty the Emperor’s official English interpreter. Having served as a toastmaster for the past quarter century, he has become interested in the art of public speaking. Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked for the Bank of Japan as an economist. While posted overseas he visits historical heritage sites and has also taken lessons in the sanshin, a traditional Okinawan string instrument. In addition to holding a BA from Tokyo University he

has an MBA from Stanford University.