A native of Kagoshima Prefecture in southwestern Japan, Ichiro Fujisaki became ambassador of Japan to the United States on June 4, 2008. Fujisaki joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1969, and worked as a political minister at the Japanese embassy in Washington. From 1999 to 2002, he served as the director-general of the North American Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 2002 to 2005 he served as Japan’s deputy minister for foreign affairs, during which time he was also the prime minister’s personal representative (Sherpa) to the G8 Summit and Japan's chief negotiator for free trade agreements.
Fujisaki then served as ambassador and permanent representative to the International Organizations in Geneva (2005-08).