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Message from the New Consul General of Japan at Chicago, Mr. Masaharu Yoshida

My warmest greetings to all of you. I am Masaharu Yoshida. I arrived in Chicago at the end of January 2013 as the new Consul General of Japan. I’m delighted to make my new home in Chicago with its stunning architecture and natural beauty as well as its world-class culture, universities, and sports. I am most eager to bring the best of Japan to the Midwest.

Three years have now passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. I deeply thank the United States and many organizations and individuals here for providing generous support to the people of Tohoku. Japan is creating a new Tohoku.

In recent years, the world has been changing rapidly, including Asia. This places new emphasis on the importance of our already strong Japan-U.S. alliance. Recently, with President Obama being reelected and Prime Minister Abe assuming office for the second time, our two countries are now moving toward a new level of cooperation. It is essential for all countries including Japan and the U.S., which share the same values based on democracy and capitalism, to maintain a very close relationship. That is why I truly welcome the opportunity to serve in Chicago and the Midwest.

Many organizations here such as the Japan America Societies, Japanese Chambers of Commerce, Japanese citizens associations, and Japanese American organizations along with many individuals do so much every day to champion our Japan-U.S. partnership. As Consul General of Japan, I am most enthusiastic about what we can achieve together for our Japan-Chicago, Japan-Midwest, and Japan-U.S. partnership.

Sincerely,


Masaharu Yoshida
Consul General of Japan at Chicago