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Ryozo Kato (加藤 良三, Katō Ryōzō, born September 13, 1941) is a Japanese lawyer and career diplomat who served as the Japanese Ambassador to the United States from 2001 to 2008. He also served as the Commissioner of Nippon Professional Baseball.

Ryōzō Katō
加藤 良三
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Japanese Ambassador to the United States
In office
Preceded byShunji Yanai
Succeeded byIchirō Fujisaki
Personal details
Born (1941-09-13) September 13, 1941 (age 77)
Yurihonjō, Japan



Kato worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Japanese Government. A graduate of Tokyo University Faculty of Law and Yale Law School, he served his country in Australia, Egypt, and the United States, in addition to multiple global assignments within the Ministry in Tokyo.

Positions which Ambassador Kato served in the United States include the Third Secretary in the Embassy (1967–1969), Minister in the Embassy (1987–1990), and Consul-General in San Francisco (1992–1994). He returned to Japan to serve as the Director-General of the Asian Affairs Bureau (1995–1997) and the Deputy-General of the Foreign Policy Bureau (1997–1999). After serving as the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (1999–2001), he was appointed the Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America from 2001 to 2008. He has been recognized and respected on both sides of the Pacific[by whom?] for his outstanding understanding of the issues and his clarity in direction to resolve them. In 2007, Kato warned in the letter that Japanese-American relations could suffer serious, long-term harm if the House of Representatives passed Resolution 121.[citation needed]

Kato became the Commissioner of Nippon Professional Baseball in Tokyo in 2008. He resigned in 2013 after it was found that the baseballs used during the 2013 Nippon Professional Baseball season were "juiced" in secret, though Kato claimed to not know about the change.[1]

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  1. ^ "Ryozo Kato resigns as commish," (September 13, 2013).

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Shunji Yanai
Japanese Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
Ichirō Fujisaki
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Yasuchika Negoro
Commissioner of Baseball (NPB)
Succeeded by
Katsuhiko Kumazaki