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Alan Beraud

Embassy of the Republic of Argentina

Date of birth: June 7, 1957

Hometown: Buenos Aires

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 2 (as of March 2018)

Alan Beraud
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

My first encounter with Japan was when I was a boy watching the black-and-white anime “Astro Boy” and “Meteoro” (Speed Racer) that I now know are called “Tetsuwan Atom” and “Mach GoGoGo” and some Godzilla movies. My views about Japan have been positively reinforced since I arrived here. I admire the politeness of the Japanese, the order of everyday life and the quiet atmosphere we enjoy in the country.

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

My motto is, “Work hard while enjoying work and life.” I have always been a hard worker. Since work is an important time-consuming activity in life, I am convinced that we have to enjoy our work to have a good lifetime.

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

Representing my country, Argentina, overseas makes me proud, and being ambassador to such a great country as Japan is a great honor and professional achievement. I have devoted my career to the peaceful settlement of disputes at the regional level, at the International Court of Justice, as well as the World Trade Organization mechanism. I feel I have contributed to solving controversies and promoting friendship among countries, which is my greatest achievement as a diplomat.

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

My goal is to deepen the Argentina-Japan relationship, promoting Japanese investment in Argentina and bilateral trade. We have made great progress; we became strategic partners in 2016, our leaders have recently exchanged mutual visits and we are working together at the G-20 (a global conference promoting international financial stability). In 2020, Tokyo will host the Olympics and as a great world city, has to include Argentine beef at restaurants and hotels. I am working for that to happen.

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

Living in Japan embodies many different experiences. I would recommend to those living and working in Japan to travel around the country as much as they can, to discover new places outside the usual tourist circuits. It is very enriching and allows the traveler to be in contact with a Japan full of tradition and craftsmanship; a unique experience to enjoy.

Last updated: Oct 2, 2018