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JICA USA January/February 2012

Mrs. Ogata to step down as JICA President at the end of March

PhotoMrs. Ogata has served as JICA's president for the past 8 years

On January 17, the Japanese Foreign Ministry announced that Mrs. Sadako Ogata will step down as president of JICA at the end of March. Mrs. Ogata has served as JICA's President since 2003. Prior to her appointment at JICA, she served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1991-2003.

During her tenure at JICA, Mrs. Ogata has seen the agency expand its field presence, double its assistance to Africa, and increase its support to fragile states. She also oversaw the successful reorganization of JICA, which merged three forms of assistance previously administered by separate agencies (technical cooperation, concessionary loans, and grant aid) into a single entity.

Mrs. Ogata will be succeeded by Dr. Akihiko Tanaka, vice president of the University of Tokyo and a scholar of international politics, on April 1.

At a news conference announcing Dr. Tanaka's appointment, Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba stated, "Mr. Tanaka is a globally renowned academic of international politics. He has made distinguished achievements in foreign affairs, national security and many other fields, while offering insightful suggestions to the government."

Dr. Tanaka's appointment will extend until the end of September 2015. The president of JICA is allowed to be reappointed after his or her four-year term expires.

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