Greetings from Fresno, California. Consul General Tomochika Uyama appointed me Honorary Consul of Japan in Fresno, effective October 1, 2018. I am very honored to accept this appointment. I have served as Chair of the Fresno-Kochi Sister Cities Committee and am a member of the U.S.-Japan Education Committee of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). JACL assists the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Kakehashi Program, which provides students from America the opportunity to visit Japan and learn of its culture, history, economy and politics. I have also served as a member of the National Board of Directors of JACL and its National Legal Counsel. I was an attorney for 24 years and Superior Court Judge of the County of Fresno for 16 years. I retired from the bench on my 66th birthday, February 20, 2017.
I look forward to working with the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco to continue the excellent relationship between the U.S. and Japan in foreign affairs, trade and person-to-person exchange programs. I am available to assist Japanese nationals in Central California with problems that might arise.
Fresno is located near the center of California and within an hour’s drive of three national parks: Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Agriculture is a key part of the economy with Central California considered by many as the most productive agricultural area in the world. Fresno is uniquely situated as a transportation hub in California and is developing a technological infrastructure. California State University, Fresno is an engine for economic development in the area and beyond and ranked as a top university in the nation. California Health Science University is providing medical education to pharmacists and is in construction of a medical school in neighboring Clovis, my hometown. Clovis has been ranked as the top small city in California based on its excellent educational system, low crime and thriving economy.
I hope you have the opportunity to visit Fresno in the near future. If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
P.O. Box 25801
Fresno, CA 93729
Phone: (559) 434-1264