Ambassador Says Cocktail Parties Are Work

Japan's ambassador is a big defender of Washington's party scene.

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Japan's ambassador to Washington, Ichiro Fujisaki, isn't ready to join Embassy Row's politically correct talk that ambassadors are here to work, not flit around to cocktail parties. In fact, he's a big defender of Washington's party scene. Fujisaki recently participated in a Smithsonian Associates roundtable to talk about ambassadorial life in Washington, and he spoke of the advantages to schmoozing over sake and scotch. "I have one comment on that," he says. "Going to cocktail parties is an important job. Sometimes you would like to have a beer and watch a movie at your house, but you have to go in order to meet people and have access. It's part of the job. That's not well understood."

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