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Greeting from the Consul General

Makoto YamanakaWelcome to the website of the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. Our webpages are designed to provide various information including the Consulate's services and activities for the people of forty nine counties in Central and Northern California and the State of Nevada.

The Central and Northern California is known for its deep historic, geographic and economic connections with Japan, and currently, over thirty-five thousand Japanese people live and work in the region, while Nevada is home to three thousand Japanese residents. While we provide various consular services to the Japanese nationals, we welcome inquiries about visa information from the foreign nationals. For assistance with your specific needs, please contact us or visit our webpages. For the Japanese nationals, we recommend that they sign up for overseas residence registration as well as emergency mail and delivery services.

As the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, we also seek to promote mutual understanding of our countries and cultures. We hope to strengthen the friendship between Japan and California through our support for cultural programs. Information on specific events, performances, or exchanges is available in the section for events.

We appreciate your understanding and support for the Consulate and its activities. We hope you find our services and website helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing your comments.

Profile of Consul General Masato Watanabe

Consul General Masato Watanabe graduated from Tokyo University and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1980.


Consul General Watanabe has worked in the Foreign Policy Bureau, European Bureau, Minister's Secretariat, Economic Cooperation Bureau, International Cooperation Bureau and Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau. His overseas assignments have included Embassies of Japan in Austria and Indonesia. Mr. Watanabe has also served as Vice President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He began his tenure as the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco in November 2013.


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