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Tuesday, April 28, 2020 

The Asian Shipowners' Association (ASA) says that current travel restrictions have not proved to be an obstacle to appointing its next Secretary General; and Yuichi Sonoda will assume the role with effect from 1 May 2020.

Sonada has previously served as ASA Sec-Gen, during 2010 to 2014, when he was instrumental in numerous initiatives and conferences. He has been involved with ASA since its inception in 1992, when it was known as the Asian Shipowners’ Forum (ASF).

In 1996, he was appointed as the Secretary of Shipping Economics Review Committee (SERC), one of the five Standing Committees of ASF. He also served as the Vice Chairman of Maritime Transport Committee of Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Upon graduation with a law degree from the Keio University in Tokyo in 1976, Sonoda joined the Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA) and was mainly involved in its activities of various international shipping policy issues. He was appointed to JSA’s London Branch Office for a period of five years.

As Sonoda is unable to travel into Singapore for the time being, ASA will name him as Sec-Gen Designate, until such times as the formal documentation and procedures can be carried out.

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