Consul General Inagaki’s First Visit to State of Montana

On May 17-18, 2022, Consul General Hisao Inagaki and his wife, Mrs. Yuki Inagaki, visited Montana for the first time since their arrival in Seattle over one and a half years ago.

Consul General Inagaki paid a courtesy call on Montana Governor Greg Gianforte and exchanged views on economic relations, people-to-people exchanges, and sister city relations between the State of Montana and Japan. Consul General and Mrs. Inagaki also met Montana Department of Agriculture Director Christy Clark and Montana Department of Commerce Deputy Director Adam Schaefer and exchanged views on promoting exchange between the State of Montana and Japan.

They immensely enjoyed this visit and truly appreciated the Montanan hospitality that was kindly extended to them.

Governor Gianforte warmly welcomed the Consul General in the Governor's Reception Room.

(Left Picture) Consul General Inagaki visited the Director of Agriculture Christy Clark at the Dept. of Agriculture. (Right Picture) From left: Montana Wheat & Barley Committee Industry Analyst Sam Anderson, Agricultural Development & Marketing Bureau Chief Andy Fjeseth, Director Clark, Consul General Inagaki, Mrs. Inagaki, Deputy Director of Agriculture Zachary Coccoli, Chief Executive Director of JETRO Takanari Yamashita, Consulate Staff Hiro Tojo.

(Left Picture) Consul General Inagaki and Deputy Director of Commerce Adam Schafer in the “Kumamoto” conference room of the Department. (Right Picture) From left: International Marketing Officer Canon Luerkens, Consul General Inagaki, Deputy Director Schafer, Chief Executive Director of JETRO Takanari Yamashita, Mrs. Inagaki, and International Trade Officer Katie Willcockson. The room is decorated in Kumamoto themes, including “Kumamon.” Kumamoto and Montana are celebrating 40 years of sister prefecture/state relations this year.

At the luncheon hosted by the Deputy Director of Commerce. From left: International Trade Officer Willcockson; Director of Agriculture Clark; Consul General Inagaki; Mrs. Inagaki; Senior International Officer & Executive Director of Univ. of Montana, Dr. Donna Anderson; The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center Executive Director Deena Mansour; Deputy Director of Commerce Schafer; JETRO Chief Executive Director Yamashita; and Industry Development Manager of the Dept. of Commerce Tom Kaiserski.