Sadako Ogata

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Sadako Ogata ( Japanese 緒 方 貞子 Ogata Sadako ; born September 16, 1927 in Tokyo ; † October 22, 2019 ibid) was a Japanese university professor and UN diplomat and UN High Commissioner for Refugees .


Coming from a diplomatic family, she studied political science . In 1953 she received a master's degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and received her PhD from the University of California Berkeley in 1963 before returning to Japan. From 1965 to 1974 she taught international relations at the International Christian University and at the Heiligherz University Tokyo . From 1974 to 1976 she was an assistant professor at the International Christian University. In 1976 she went back to the USA , this time to the representation of her country at the United Nations in New York , where she initially held the rank of minister and later she was special envoy. In 1980 she returned to Tokyo and first became a professor and later director of the Institute for International Relations at Sophia University in Tokyo. In 1989 she became dean .

Ogata was a member of the Club of Rome .

Work for the UN

From 1982 to 1985 she was the Japanese representative on the UN Human Rights Commission . In 1990 she worked briefly as an independent expert for the UN Human Rights Commission in Myanmar .

From 1991 to 2000 Sadako Ogata was the UN High Commissioner for Refugees . She was first elected by the UN General Assembly in 1990 for a three-year term and took office on January 1, 1991. In 1993 she was elected for a further five years and in 1998 again for two years. Her successor in this office was the Dutchman Ruud Lubbers in 2001 .

In early 2002, Ogata turned down Prime Minister Jun'ichirō Koizumi's offer to succeed the dismissed Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka .


Ogata's father-in-law was former Deputy Prime Minister Taketora Ogata , and her maternal grandfather was former Foreign Minister Kenkichi Yoshizawa .



  • Refugees, A Multilateral Response to Humanitarian Crises in "The Movement of People . " RSA Journal, Volume V, 1992
  • Towards a European Immigration . The Philip Morris Institute for Public Policy Research, Brussels 1993
  • The Turbulent Decade: Confronting The Refugee Crises Of The 1990s . 2005, ISBN 0-393-05773-9
  • At the Global Crossroads: The Sylvia Ostry Foundation Lectures . (together with Jacques Delors), 2004, ISBN 0-7735-2732-X
  • Defiance in Manchuria: The Making of Japanese Foreign Policy, 1931-1932 . 1984, ISBN 0-313-24428-6

Web links

Commons : Sadako Ogata  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Sadako Ogata, ex-UN high commissioner for refugees, dies at 92. In: Kyodo News. Retrieved October 29, 2019 .
  2. ^ Cabinet blow for Koizumi. In: BBC News. February 1, 2002, accessed May 4, 2008 .
  3. Roosevelt Institute, List of Prize Winners ( Memento of the original from March 25, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed December 14, 2012. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. ^ Member History: Sadako Ogata. American Philosophical Society, accessed February 5, 2019 .
  5. ^ Hessian Landtag: Sadako Ogata receives the Hessian Peace Prize 2011 , from December 6th, 2011