1st Japanese UNHCR Sadako Ogata Dies at 92

Politics Society

Tokyo, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--Sadako Ogata, the first Japanese and the first woman to serve as U.N. high commissioner for refugees, and former head of the Japan International Cooperation Agency died on Oct. 22, JICA said Tuesday. She was 92.

Born in Tokyo in 1927, Ogata was raised in various countries, including the United States and China, as her father was a diplomat. Former Prime Minister Tsuyoshi Inukai (1855-1932) was her great-grandfather.

After graduating from the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo, Ogata went on to study for a master's degree at Georgetown University in the United States and earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. She served as associate professor at International Christian University in Tokyo and professor at Sophia University, also in Tokyo.

Ogata was the initiator of model U.N. activities in Japan.

Invited by Fusae Ichikawa, then a lawmaker in the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of Japan's parliament, Ogata joined the Japanese government delegation to a U.N. General Assembly meeting in 1968 and there began her involvement in U.N.-related work.

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