James P. Zumwalt, Deputy Chief of Mission

Jim Zumwalt has served as the Embassy's Deputy Chief of Mission since July 2008, except for the period when he assumed duties as Charge d'Affaires ad interim from January 15, 2009 until Ambassador John Roos presented his credentials on August 20, 2009. Previously, he was Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs in the Department of State, Washington, D.C. (2006-2008).

Jim has served four prior assignments in Japan, as Economic Minister (2004-2006), Economic Counselor (2002-2003), Embassy Tokyo Economic Officer (1989-1993) and Consulate Kobe Consular Officer (1983-85). His other assignments abroad have been as Economic Minister-Counselor in Embassy Beijing (1999-2002) and as Economic Officer in Embassy Kinshasa (1981-83).

In Washington, D.C., Jim has previously worked in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Philippines and Korea desks, and in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Front Office. He has also worked in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and on a detail to the United States Trade Representative's Office of Japan and China. Jim is fluent in Japanese and also speaks some Chinese and French.

Jim received a master's degree in International Security Studies from the National War College in 1998 and a bachelor of arts in American History and also in Japanese Language from U.C. Berkeley in 1979. He also studied Japanese language at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and at International Christian University prior to entering the State Department.

He is from El Cajon, California and is married to Ann Kambara, herself a State Department Foreign Service Officer.