Raj Kumar Srivastava
- Deputy Chief of Mission
- Embassy of India
Date of birth: April 9, 1973
Hometown: Kanpur, U.P, India
Number of years in Japan (cumulative): Less than 1 (as of April 2018)
My first encounter with Japan happened when I came on an official visit in 2016. However, I had considered and almost came to Japan twice — in 1995 for my Ph.D. in earthquake-resistant structures, and then in 1999 for my first posting as a diplomat.
My mottos in life are, “Live the moment” and, “Don’t have expectations.” Both of these thoughts allow me to enjoy the process without being too concerned about the outcome.
I am proud to represent my country India as a diplomat, especially because my country is one that believes that the whole world is one family. As I believe in process I have never found any particular achievement as most important.
My goal in life is, “Try and leave this world a little better than you found it.” I aim to add value through my efforts to the process that is underway. In Japan, the momentum in our bilateral relations is so strong and mutual understanding so positive that I look forward to my work each morning.
I have learned about life from Buddhism during my three years in Myanmar. I am only adding to those principles and values here in Japan. The humility that we see in Japanese society all around is learning for a lifetime. My only suggestion to our younger Japanese friends would be to keep faith in the traditions and enjoy every moment as a gift from the heavens.