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January 2020

Notice on the passing of Mrs. Ogata Sadako, former president of JICA

It is our sad duty to inform you that Mrs. Ogata Sadako, former president of JICA passed away on October 22, 2019.
On the wishes of the deceased's family, a funeral service was held for close relatives.
A gathering to honor the deceased is planned in Japan for a later date.

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Deceased:
Ogata Sadako

Date of birth: September 16, 1927
Date of passing: October 22, 2019
(92 years old)
Funeral: Already held with close relatives.


Posts:

  • Honorary Advisor to the President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (April 2018- )
  • Distinguished Fellow, Japan International Cooperation Agency (October 2014 - March 2018)
    Adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs (April 2012 - March 2016)
  • Special Advisor to the President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (April 2012 - September 2014)
    President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (October 2003 - March 2012)
  • Scholar in Residence Ford Foundation (2001-2003)
    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (1991-2000)
    Dean, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University (1989-1991)
  • Independent Expert of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on Human Rights Situation in Myanmar (1990)
    Director, Institute of International Relations at Sophia University (1987-1988)

  • Professor, Institute of International Relations at Sophia University (1980-1987)
  • Representative, United Nations Commission on Human Rights (1982-1985)
  • Chairman, Executive Board of UNICEF (1978-1979)
  • Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations (1976-1979)
  • Associate Professor, Diplomatic History and International Relations, International Christian University (1974-1976)
  • Lecturer on International Relations at the International Christian University (1965-1979)

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Message from President Kitaoka Shinichi:

On behalf of the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the people who are committed to international cooperation, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of Mrs. Ogata Sadako.

Mrs. Ogata Sadako was a great leader of the UN community and she devoted herself to bring the international community peace and prosperity. As a president of JICA, she incorporated human security in our development cooperation activities, and served as a leader that was both strong and kind, helping drive Japan's efforts in international cooperation for many years.

While thinking back on her achievements in days past, it is my hope that she is now resting in peace.

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