Tomodachi Reception held for Army and Air Force Personnel Stationed in Japan (February 19, 2016)

Group Photo with Army Personnel

Group Photo with Air Force Personnel

On February 19, at the Official Residence, the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle held its first Tomodachi Reception to build and strengthen connections with U.S. Army and Air Force personnel who have the shared experience of having been stationed in Japan.
Over 70 Army and Air Force personnel, Pierce County Councilmember Dan Roach, as well as representatives from local community organizations, including the Nisei Veterans Committee, the Japan Business Association, the Japan-America Society, and the Japanese Community Service of Seattle, were in attendance.
During the opening remarks, Consul General Masahiro Omura and Major General William K. Fuller from Joint Base Lewis-McChord spoke about the value of the U.S. and Japan’s security alliance. The reception featured a musical performance by Ms. Fumi Tagata and Ms. Lisa Maria d’ Aquila, both of Seattle-based music group Songs of Hope, and a Japan-U.S. relations quiz game.
The Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle was proud to host this reception and provide an opportunity for military personnel to reflect on their service in Japan. We hope for the continuing importance of the Japan-U.S. security relationship.