JAMAICA, Kingston (6 November 2017) – –  HE Hiromasa Yamazaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan, today  presented his credentials to Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Seabed Authority.
Ambassador Yamazaki is also Ambassador to Jamaica and non-Resident Ambassador to Belize.
During his meeting with the Secretary-General, Ambassador Yamazaki emphasized that the work of the Authority and its mission were extremely important to the international community.  He said in view of the challenging issues in front of the international society, he was optimistic that the Authority provided an ideal forum for cooperation between member States.
Secretary-General Lodge thanked Japan for its contribution to the Authority as an active sponsoring State of two contracts. He also noted the progress Japan has made in terms of deep seabed mining and highlighted that the workload of the Authority which has increased significantly in light of the growing number of contractors and the approvals of exploration plans of work as well as a result of the ongoing development of the regulatory framework. 
Prior to joining the foreign service, Ambassador Yamazaki served as Executive Vice President of Nomura Holdings Inc., and Nomura Securities Co. Ltd and Advisor at Nomura Institute of Capital Markets Research.

Ambassador Hiromasa Yamazaki and Secretary-General Michael Lodge

Ambassador Hiromasa Yamazaki, Secretary-General Michael Lodge and Deputy
to the Secretary-General/Legal Counsel, Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera

Shinichi Yamanaka, Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Japan
with Ambassador Hiromasa Yamazaki and Secretary-General Michael Lodge