Mr. Motoatsu Sakurai
Board Advisor

Before becoming President of Japan Society on April 7, 2009, Mr. Sakurai served as Ambassador and Consul General of Japan in New York after a successful 40-year career in the private sector. He was the first business executive to serve as Ambassador and Consul General. After graduating from Tokyo University Faculty of Law in 1968, Mr. Sakurai entered Mitsubishi Corporation (MC). He received an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainbleau, France in May 1976, and in 1978, Mr. Sakurai served as a Loan Officer with the World Bank and as an Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation in Washington D.C. In the1980s, Mr. Sakurai served in several senior managerial capacities for Mitsubishi International Corporation (MIC) and in 1995, after returning to Tokyo, he was named General Manager of Corporate Planning and in 1998, General Manager for Regional Strategy and Coordination. By 2000, he rose to Executive Vice President. In April, 2003, he was named President and CEO of MIC. Simultaneously, he was named President, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New York. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for New York City, the Corporate Leadership Committee of Carnegie Hall, and the Executive Committee of the Nippon Club. He served as member of Japan Society's Board of Directors from 2003 until his appointment as Ambassador, after which he became an Honorary Director.