- Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
- Embassy of Ukraine
Date of birth: May 15, 1962
Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 5 (as of June 2018)
My first encounter with Japan took place when I read haiku written by the world-famous Matsuo Basho. At the time, I was just about 10 years old, but I could feel the beauty and depth of traditional Japanese poetry.
My motto in life is quite simple and it is “We shall overcome.” I have chosen it because I believe that whatever difficulties we might face along the way, we can cope with them; we just have to firmly believe.
I believe that my biggest achievement in life is raising two daughters. As for my professional achievements, I am very proud to be the first Ukrainian ambassador to organize a visit by the prime minister of Japan to my country.
My goal for my position, in life and my time in Japan is to make friendships that last long. I have always valued my friends who live all over the world and believe that there is nothing more important in life than to have people you can count on.
My advice for those who are living and working in Japan is to try to learn the Japanese language. Also, in any setting, I think it is very important not to overextend yourself at work, but to also find time to enjoy your stay in this beautiful country.