amb.jclH.E. Jose Castillo Laurel V

Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to Japan

Ambassador JOSE C. LAUREL V presented his credentials to His Majesty Emperor Akihito on June 9, 2017 as Philippine Ambassador to Japan. A native of Batangas, he spent part of his childhood in Japan. His father, JOSE S. LAUREL III, was the Philippine Ambassador to Japan from 1966-1971. Together with other illustrious members of the Laurel family, he has devoted his life to promoting cooperation, exchanges and mutual appreciation between the Filipino and Japanese peoples. He is married with four children.


Chairman Board of Trustees, Philippines-Japan Friendship Foundation; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Philippine Institute of Language & Culture; Chairman, Toyota Batangas City, Inc.; Director, Philippine Petrochemical Products, Inc.; Director, Asian Chemical Corporation; Vice Chairman, Transworld Trading Co., Inc.; Member-Adviser, Philippines Japan Society.

Chairman, Executive Committee, YKK Philippines, Inc.; Vice-Chairman of the Board, YKK Philippines, Inc.; Governor, Province of Batangas, Republic of the Philippines; Chairman, Regional Development Council, Region IV; Chairman, Philippine Red Cross, Batangas Chapter; Chairman-President, Lyceum Press, Inc.; Chairman-President, Jovir Trading Company, Inc.; President, Trans U & L Insurance Agency, Inc.; President-Director, Philippine Ace Lines; VicePresident, Transworld Trading Co., Inc.; Vice-President – Treasurer, Philippines Petrochemical Products, Inc.; Director-Assistant Secretary – Assistant Resident Manager, Tolong Sugar Sugar Milling Co., Inc.; Director-Treasurer, Larrgo Securities Co., Inc.; Member, Makati Stock Exchange; Director, Sta. Catalina Rural Bank; Director-Treasurer, Express Tours, Inc.; Instructor, De La Salle University; Assistant Professor, Siliman University; Member, Rotary Club of Batangas West; Member, Batangas Lions Club.

Senator, Junior Chamber International #26376; Member, Manila Jaycees Senate; Member, Knights of Rizal (Knights Commander); Member, Philippines-Japan Society, Inc.; Member, Alabang Country Club; Member, Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club, Inc.


Masters of Business Administration, De La Salle University, Manila
Masters of Graphics Arts (Special Studies), Dai Nippon Printing, Tokyo, Japan
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Salutatorian), De La Salle University, Manila
Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies, De La Salle University, Manila


The Outstanding Young Person of the World Award (For Public Administration) by Jaycees
International, 1984.
The Outstanding Young Man of the Philippines Award (For Public Administration) by the
Philippines Jaycees, 1983.