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Date of publication: Jun 25, 2018

Ihor Kharchenko

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Embassy of Ukraine
japan.mfa.gov.ua/en

Date of birth: May 15, 1962

Hometown: Kyiv

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 5 (as of June 2018)

Ihor Kharchenko
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Last updated: Jun 25, 2018