New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Who is in the Embassy

Ambassador Mark Sinclair

The New Zealand Ambassador to Japan

Mark Sinclair graduated as Master of Arts from the University of Auckland in 1977 before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his early years in the department he was a Japan specialist: he spent two years from 1978 studying at the Foreign Service Institute in Yokohama, followed by assignments in the New Zealand embassy in Tokyo and the Asia Division in Wellington. 

After serving as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs he was posted to Honiara as Deputy High Commissioner. From 1986 to 1989 he was seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as foreign policy adviser in the Prime Minister's Advisory Group, focusing mainly on regional affairs, defence and security. He continued to specialise in security and political affairs during a posting to Canberra and in the Australia Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

From 1995 to 2000 he worked on organisational development and human resources policy, first in the Personnel Division and then as Director of the Chief Executive's Office.

Since 2001 he has focused on trade and economic affairs, first as Deputy Permanent Representative in the New Zealand Mission to the WTO in Geneva, then as Director of the Trade Negotiations Division and senior New Zealand official for the WTO Doha process. From late 2008 to the end of 2011 he was New Zealand's lead negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiation.

He took up his position as Ambassador to Japan in July 2012.

Other staff at the Embassy

Peter Kell, Deputy Head of Mission

Paul Roberts, First Secretary

Melanee Beatson, First Secretary

Rachel Crump, Second Secretary

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