Mr Arai assumed the position of Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Singapore on 25 September 2018. Prior to that, he was Director of the National Security Policy Division, Foreign Policy Bureau (2016-2018) and Director, Public Diplomacy Strategy Division, Minister’s Secretariat (2013-2016) in Japan. Minister Arai holds a B.A. in Economics from Tokyo University as well as a M.A. School of Foreign Service, from Georgetown University USA. He entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990 and has held positions in overseas Japanese missions in Russia, Geneva and Korea.