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Date of publication: Apr 23, 2018

Raj Kumar Srivastava

Deputy Chief of Mission
Embassy of India
www.indembassy-tokyo.gov.in

Date of birth: April 9, 1973

Hometown: Kanpur, U.P, India

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): Less than 1 (as of April 2018)

Raj Kumar Srivastava
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Last updated: Oct 1, 2018