Doshisha University; University of Tokyo.
He was also known as Uchida Yasuya. After studying English for two years at Doshisha University, Uchida moved to Tokyo Imperial University, graduating from its law school. After graduation, Uchida entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and served as ambassador to Qing dynasty China, then as ambassador to Austria-Hungary, and then to the United States.
He served as Japanese foreign minister from 1911 to 1912 under the 2nd Saionji Kinmochi administration.
Appointed as ambassador to the Empire of Russia just before the Bolshevik Revolution, Uchida returned to Japan to serve as Foreign Minister again from 1918 to 1923 under the Hara, Takahashi, and Katō administrations. He served as acting Prime Minister of Japan twice – once after the assassination of Prime Minister Hara, and again after the sudden death of Prime Minister Katō, immediately before the Great Kantō earthquake.
He was appointed to the House of Peers in the Diet of Japan in 1930, and became President of the South Manchuria Railway Company in 1931. Under his third term as Foreign Minister, from 1932 to 1933, during the Saitō Makoto administration, he called for the formal diplomatic recognition of Manchukuo, and later called for Japan"s withdrawal from the League of Nations.
He was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, 5 September 1932 edition, which also contained an article on his stance vis-à-vis the League of Nations.
He died of illness 15 days after the 26 February Incident. His grave is at the Tama Reien at Fuchu, Tokyo.