Greetings from Consul General MAEDA Toru
It is my pleasure to introduce myself as the new Consul General of Japan in San Francisco.
San Francisco is known for its deep historical, geographic, and economic connections with Japan. In 1860, the ship Kanrin Maru arrived in San Francisco as the first Japanese diplomatic mission to the United States. In 1870, our Consulate was founded as Japan’s first overseas diplomatic establishment, and this year marks its 150th anniversary. In 1951, the San Francisco Peace Treaty and the first Japan-US Security Treaty were signed here. I am greatly honored to be able to serve as Consul General in a region with such deep ties to Japan.
Currently, about 42,000 Japanese nationals live and work in the region, with Nevada home to about 4,000 Japanese residents. My office and I will make the utmost effort to ensure security for these Japanese nationals and provide high-quality consular services.
Japanese companies have been doing business in Northern California for a long time. In particular, Silicon Valley’s cutting-edge perspectives on business and innovation are drawing much interest from Japanese companies. Las Vegas is of course popular for sightseeing, but Nevada as a whole is becoming more attractive for Japanese companies. These companies contribute to the U.S. economy in a significant way by creating jobs and adding value, and our Consulate would like to actively support them in their endeavors.
I believe that not only Japanese traditional culture, but also anime and manga, Japanese cuisine, politics, economics, diplomacy, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have been drawing more and more interest in the U.S. I would like to take every opportunity to share these various aspects of Japan with as many Americans as possible. I look forward to working together with everyone, including Japanese Americans, in this regard.
I welcome and appreciative your advice and suggestions, and hope to meet many of you in the months and years ahead.
Consul General of Japan in San Francisco