H.E. Ambassador Mr. Norihiro Okuda started his diplomatic career immediately after he was graduated from the faculty of law, University of Tokyo in 1975.
Once he entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan, he started an intensive study program in the Arabic language (Egypt) and worked as Second Secretary in the Embassy of Japan in Egypt in 1979.
He occupied key posts in MOFA including Director for Second Middle Eastern Division in Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, Director for Grant Aid Division in Economic Cooperation
Bureau, Deputy Director-General for General Affairs in Economic Affairs Bureau and Deputy Director-General for Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau.
He also served in Japanese Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Embassy of Japan in the United States of America.
He was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Afghanistan in 2004, Director-General, Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, MOFA in 2006 and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations in 2008.
In August 2010, he was appointed to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Egypt.