Greeting from the Consul General

Greeting from Consul General Yoichiro Yamada

After serving as Deputy Head of Mission at the Japanese Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, I arrived in Seattle on June 2. I am very excited to serve as Consul General in a place that has a strong connection to Japan, and is home to both extensive natural beauty and thriving new industries.
 
Many of the world-class companies in the Pacific Northwest, such as Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks, have close relationships with Japan. A lot of Japanese enterprises also do business here, including Mitsubishi, which most recently began flight testing for their Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) project based in Moses Lake.  Historically, this region is also fertile agricultural ground, and many of the crops, timber, and processed food products made here are exported to Japan, and are very familiar to Japanese people. Last June, Washington State and the Government of Japan signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) to further economic and trade relations. The MOC will surely facilitate connections between local businesses and academic institutions on both sides.
 
The long history of cultural exchange and close partnerships that exist between Japan and the Consulate’s jurisdiction, which includes Washington, Montana and Northern Idaho, are our asset. Since 1963, Washington State and Hyogo Prefecture have had a thriving sister-state relationship. This year marks 35 years of friendship between Montana and Kumamoto Prefecture. Moreover, this year Seattle and Kobe City are celebrating 60 years of sister-city relations and active educational and cultural exchanges.
 
It is the consulate’s mission to foster connections among people and help to solve any challenges that may arise. The consulate can thus contribute to furthering our longstanding friendly relations. As Consul General, I intend to do this to the best of my ability, and humbly ask for your kind support.
 
I look forward to seeing you all at the forthcoming events!
 
Yoichiro Yamada
Consul General of Japan in Seattle