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Message from the Consul-General of Japan in 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 Consul-General of Japan. I’m delighted to be living in Chicago with its stunning architecture and natural beauty as well as its world-class culture, universities, and sports. I hope to bring the best of Japan to the Midwest.

Nearly four 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. With President Obama and Prime Minister Abe, our two countries are 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.

The Japan America Societies, Japanese Chambers of Commerce, Japanese citizens associations, and other 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 in Chicago