U.S. Cultural Diplomacy in Japan

Thursday March 28, 2013
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM


Mark Davidson

United States Embassy, Tokyo


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Mark Davidson has served as U.S. Embassy Tokyo’s Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs since March 2012. A career Senior Foreign Service Officer, he leads the U.S Government’s largest array of media, information, cultural, and educational programs in the East Asia-Pacific region. He has spent more than half of his career working in or on East Asia. His previous diplomatic tours in Japan include Cultural Affairs Officer in Tokyo (2002-06), Public Affairs Officer at Consulate General Sapporo (1993-96), and Deputy Director of the Tokyo American Center (1991-92). In Washington, he has been Senior Advisor in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Public Diplomacy Desk Officer for Japan and Korea, and Special Advisor for Asian Affairs to the House of Representatives International Relations Committee and Representative Lee Hamilton (D-IN). Other Washington positions of his include Director of Global Policy, Planning, and Resources for Public Diplomacy; Director of White House and Military Liaison for Public Diplomacy; Deputy Chief of Staff to the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; and Director of International Information Programs for the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Overseas, he has also served as Public Affairs Counselor in Islamabad and Asuncion, and Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer in Madrid and Caracas. Mark Davidson has received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and Commendation for ExceptionalService,amongotherprofessionalhonors. His foreign languages are Japanese, Spanish, and French. Born in Virginia, he was raised in Rhode Island and New Jersey. He holds an A.B. (Religion) from Dartmouth College and the M.A.L.D. degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is married with two daughters.

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