Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences



Mr. Seiji MORIMOTO has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo Centre for Middle Eastern Studies (UTCMES) since 2013. He is a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo, and of the Law Faculty, the University of Tokyo, with a B.A. in Public Law. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan in 1975. After having served in various posts at home and abroad, including Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Sultanate of Oman (2008–2011), and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Sweden (2013–2015), he retired from MOFA in 2015.

Research activities, treatise

His publications include, among others: A Wonderland Oman: An Oasis in the Changing Middle East (July 2012 in Japanese, Urban Connections); A Wonderland Oman: An Oasis in the Changing Middle East (December 2013 in English, BAZ Publishing, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman); You’ll Have New Eyes on Sweden: A Japan in Europe (May 2017 in Japanese, Shin-hyo-ron) and “The Cultural Interactions between the Middle East and Japan through the Silk Road” in the Silk Roads between China and Oman, Studies on Ibadism and Oman. VOL.16 (2012 in English, Georg Olms Verlag).

He also delivered a speech, titled اليابانية كلغة ظرفية والذكاء الاصطناعي (Japanese as a Circumstantial Language and AI), at the Conference on “Computational Linguistics and the Arab Language” held by Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities on October 25-26, 2022.