H.E. Mr. Kenjiro Monji was born in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka in 1952. After graduating from the Faculty of Law at Tokyo University, he entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1975.
In his career, he has served mainly in the areas of treaties, national security and cultural exchange. He has worked overseas in France, Australia, Belgium, the United Kingdom and in the mission of Japan to the European Union.
After holding posts in Tokyo as Deputy Director-General of the Treaties Bureau and as Director-General for International Affairs at the Ministry of Defence, he served as Ambassador to Iraq (2007), Director-General for Public Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2008), Ambassador to Qatar (2010) and Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO (2013).
He started his assignment as Ambassador of Japan to Canada and to the Delegation of Japan to the International Civil Aviation Organization in April 2015. Having been awarded the title of Sake Samurai by the Japan Sake Brewers Association Junior Council, Ambassador Monji also promotes Japanese sake overseas.