Studied in the United States as a youth and was appointed a secretary of the legation in Washington.
Was appointed Minister Resident in Mexico and a member of the suite of Jutaro Komura at the Russo-Japanese peace conference at Portsmouth (1905). Was appointed Minister to Holland (1906). Was ambassador to Austria-Hungary (1914) and returned to Japan after World War I broke out.
After leaving the diplomatic service, he was appointed a member of the Court Council.