Though he was appointed to serve as Japan’s ambassador to Israel a year ago, Hideo Sato is far from being a newcomer to the Jewish state. In 1977, he came to study at Tel Aviv University and served his country in Israel multiple times over the past three decades. Fluent in Hebrew, Sato often surprises local audiences by delivering speeches in the language of the Bible.

A polished diplomat, Sato previously was Japan’s ambassador to Afghanistan and Bahrain, so he is quite familiar with the region and its varied challenges. Since Israel and Japan are marking six decades since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations, Ambassador Sato agreed to sit down for an exclusive interview with The Jerusalem Post.

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