Sadako Ogata; Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley

Sadako Ogata

Sadako Ogata Sadako Ogata was elected to the position of High Commissioner for Refugees in December of 1990, beginning her term on January 1, 1991. Dr. Ogata has a longstanding commitment to human rights issues: from 1982 to 1985 she was Japan's representative to the UN Commission on Human Rights, and in 1990 she served as the Independent Expert to the UN in examining the human rights situation in Myanmar (Burma). Her career at the UN also includes two years as Minister to the Permanent Mission of Japan and two years as the Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.

Dr. Ogata received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley's Department of Political Science in 1963. Since 1980 she has served as professor at the Institute of International Relations at Sophia University in Tokyo; from 1987 to 1988 she served as its director. In 1989 she was named Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Studies at that university. She has published a number of books and articles on diplomatic history and international relations. Among her works are Defiance in Manchuria: The Making of Japanese Foreign Policy, 1931-1932, published by University of California Press in 1964, and Normalization with China: A Comparative Study of U.S. and Japanese Processes, published by the Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, 1989.

Dr. Ogata presented the 1992 Sanford S. Elberg Lecture in International Studies, entitled Refugees: A Multilateral Response to Humanitarian Crises.

See also the interviews with Sadako Ogata: 1992 and 1999

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