Hiroyasu Ando

The world is in the midst of dire straits due to the global spread of the pandemic. Even so, we aspire to seek that bright ray of hope that shines beyond. I believe that cinema is an art form that reflects all of us as we weather these struggles, and one that also gives us courage to overcome such challenges so that we can march forward towards the future.

The Tokyo International Film Festival has overcome multiple obstacles to hold its 34th edition this year. We will continue to exert our utmost efforts so that we can contribute to the fight against COVID-19 through the medium of cinema.

We look forward for your continued support.

Ando Hiroyasu
34th Tokyo International Film Festival


Ando Hiroyasu was born in 1944. After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1970, he entered Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After serving as a diplomat in the US, the Philippines and the UK, he served as the Private Secretary for the Prime Minister, the Minister-Counselor at the Embassy of Japan in the US, the Director-General in charge of Middle East and African Affairs, the Ambassador of the Consulate General of Japan in New York, the Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary and the Ambassador to Italy. As President of the Japan Foundation from October 2011 to September 2020, Ando's focus has been on international cultural exchange. In 2019, he was appointed to Chairman of the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival.

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