The Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo represents Sweden and the Swedish government in Japan. The areas of work include politics and economics, science and research, defence cooperation, promotion, press- and information, administration and consular affairs. There are Swedish consulates in Kobe and Fukuoka (see addresses here).
Ambassador Magnus Robach presented his credentials to his Majesty the Emperor Akihito in November 2014 and has since then been the Swedish Ambassador to Japan. Ambassador Robach is also accredited to the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.
In the year 2018, Sweden and Japan will celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations. This anniversary year will be celebrated through a range of activities both in Sweden and Japan. It is an opportunity to draw attention to existing Swedish-Japanese cooperation and to inspire new and strengthened partnerships. We welcome you to celebrate together with us! Read more here.
The Embassy is organised into the following five sections:
Political and Economic section: The section covers political and economic events in Japan and in the region and reports to the Swedish government. The section monitors economic development and trade policy changes in Japan and is also responsible for official visits to the Embassy.
Section for Information and Promotion: The section coordinates the public promotional work of the Embassy. This includes culture and trade promotion, as well as engaging on issues such as gender equality and sustainability. The section also handles digital communication - including active social media accounts - and media contacts.
Office of Science and Innovation: The mission of the office is to strengthen Sweden as a leading knowledge nation. The office upholds Sweden’s global connections within the areas of innovation, research and higher education. The section analyses and reports on matters such as innovation, sustainable growth and business development.
Consular and Administrative Section: The section focuses on the daily procedures of the Embassy, consular duties and migration matters. Consular duties include the issuance of passports and supporting Swedish citizen in need, whilst Migration matters consist of Schengen visas and residence and work permits.
Defence Section: The attaché works mainly with spreading knowledge about Swedish defence policy and acts as a connection between Swedish and Japanese defence authorities. The defence attaché acts as an advisor to the ambassador on security and defence related policies.
The Embassy promotes Sweden in Japan in cooperation with the Business Sweden office and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (SSCJ).
The Embassy Building: The Embassy has been located in the same place since 1959 after the Swedish government received the property as a gift from a group of Swedish representatives. The architect of the current Embassy building was Michael Granit who was inspired by the movement of the sun. The building opened in 1991 and accommodates the different sections of the Embassy, the Business Sweden office and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and industry in Japan (SCCJ). The building also has an exhibition hall and an auditorium, regularly used for various gatherings and promotional events. For further information about these facilities and booking opportunities, read more here.