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Erling Rimestad

Embassy of Norway

Date of birth: July 1, 1963

Hometown: Oslo

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 3 (as of November 2017)

Erling Rimestad
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

My first encounter with Japan was as the head of the East Asia Section in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We worked with the Japanese Embassy in Oslo and our embassy in Tokyo to support the reconstruction following the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. Projects were established with the mayor’s office in Sendai and with fisheries in Minamisanriku. I’m happy to see today that results were achieved.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

My motto is: Eat more Norwegian seafood — for your health and longevity! I think this is a good piece of advice for people both in Norway and Japan, as well as all over the world. I do my best to live up to this motto every day.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

There is only one answer: to have become the Norwegian ambassador in Japan. The Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo is an important foreign mission for Norway. We have a great team here, and I am proud to lead the important work of the embassy.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

My goals in Japan have been to enhance our close economic cooperation and contribute to building partnerships between our very competent communities within the science and technology fields. We build these efforts on many years of contacts within our maritime industries, fisheries and between our scientists. We also share values and objectives within foreign policy, and it has been my goal to also create closer political alliances.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

To work and live in Japan is not so different from working and living in other countries. Of course there are some cultural differences, but these only make life more interesting. My best advice would be to be respectful and patient. Take time to listen carefully, also to what is not being said. 

Last updated: Oct 2, 2018