Yutaka Iimura had joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1969. After having worked for many years at Japanese embassies in the USSR, France, and the Philippines, he was appointed as the Minister for Political Affairs in the Embassy of Japan in the United States (1993-1995), the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Indonesia (2002-2006) and to France (2006-2009).
In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo, he served, among others, as Deputy Director-General for European Affairs (1997-1999), Director-General for International Development (1999-2001) and Deputy Minister for Administration (2001-2002), Special Representative of the Government of Japan for the Middle East and Europe (2009-2014), and Special Envoy for Cooperation for Southeast Asia (2014-2016).
He has also taught international relations as a visiting professor at Tokyo University (Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, 1998-1999) and Tokyo University’s Graduate School of Public Administration (2010-2012).
He is currently working as a senior fellow and visiting professor at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo.
He has been an advisor of Sűdy & Co. since February 2022.