“As an association affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the Kasumigaseki Foreign Service Association (KaFSA) is determined to fulfill its responsibility by supporting diplomatic activities of our nation.”
Above is the basic principle of KaFSA which was laid out by its founders.
The origin of KaFSA can be traced back to a group of Foreign Service officers who founded the Kasumi-kai, or Kasumi group, in 1927. The aim of the group was to provide a forum where members can candidly exchange their views on a number of issues of common concern and to promote mutual friendship among the members. In April 1940, the Kasumi-kai was authorized as an incorporated association affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Since then, we have launched our activities under the name of the Kasumigaseki Foreign Service Association (KaFSA).
Based on our founding principle, KaFSA continues to seek a more informed understanding of Japan’s foreign policy inside and outside the nation through a series of lectures, publications and exchange programs in collaboration with various organizations including those of foreign nations.
In 2020, KaFSA celebrated its 80th anniversary. Following this milestone, we reconfirmed our focus toward our mission. As a part of our efforts, KaFSA is strengthening its ability to deliver our messages toward the international community through this website which includes the opinion column.
Today, the international community is facing various challenges such as traditional regional issues, drastic changes of geopolitical landscapes and the spread of COVID-19. KaFSA recommits itself to play its role in tackling these challenges. We are grateful for your continued support of our activities.
Kojiro Shiojiri, President, KaFSA