Japanese Ambassador to Israel Hideo Sato 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy: Diplomatic Club Israel/Mark Nieman)
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.