Welcome -- Yokoso!

   Welcome to the Honorary Consulate of Japan at Albuquerque, established in April 2009 to support Japanese Nationals and the the Japanese community in New Mexico and to provide abridge between the State of New Mexico and  Japan to enhancement of bilateral relations.

     From time to time the web site will be updated in an effort to provide the best information available. We hope you find the various web links useful.
 Davis Begay 
Honorary Consul General of Japan





Mr. Davis Begay , Honorary Consul General of Japan at Albuquerque, was officially appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and confirmed by the United States Government of State April 2009.
He is the first appointed Japan's Honorary Consul General for the State of New Mexico. Before his appointment, he was appointed New Mexico Liaison to the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles on June 6, 1995 by Consul General Seiichiro Noboru and later under the Denver Consulate which he held until his recent appointment.
The main function of an Honorary Consul General of Japan is to serve as a representative of the Japanese Government, in close coordination with the Consulate-General of Japan at Denver. In addition, to make various services available to Japanese Nationals and have the responsibility for the protection of Japanese citizens.

Statement by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
on the Passing of George H.W. Bush, the 41st U.S. President of the United States


December 1, 2018 

I was deeply saddened upon hearing about the passing of the 41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush. I extend my deep condolences to his bereaved families as well as to the Government and the people of the United States.

President George H.W. Bush accomplished historic, great achievement by contributing to peace and stability of the international community, including through ending the Cold War with the USSR and taking strong leadership in the Gulf War immediately after that. During the four years of his tenure, he visited Japan twice, where he played tennis with His Majesty the Emperor, hugely contributing to further enhancing the amicable Japan-US relations. President George H.W. Bush was a man of integrity, who was loved by Japanese people.

On behalf of the Government and the people of Japan, I offer my sincerest condolences on the passing of President George H.W. Bush.


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Greeting Message from Consul-General Takeuchi

December 4, 2018

Hello, my name is Midori Takeuchi, and I assumed the position of Consul-General of Japan in Denver following my arrival here on November 27th, 2018. It is my absolute honor to extend my warmest greetings to everyone in the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

This is the third time I have been assigned to diplomatic service in the United States, as I have previously served at the Consulate-General of Japan in New York and the Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I have worked in the fields of northern American affairs, foreign service training and domestic public relations, as well as with economic issues including energy and Asia-Europe cooperation. I have also spent time assigned to the Board of Audit of Japan. I am delighted and looking forward to this opportunity to serve here in the Rocky Mountain region, in an area so vibrant and blessed with boundless natural beauty.

Approximately 8,000 Japanese citizens live in the four mountain states in the area served by the Consulate General of Japan in Denver. The Consulate-General office will strive to provide the best possible consular services, and contribute to the safety and security of all Japanese citizens in this region. We will continue to enhance the services of our Consulate in Denver, as well as provide remote consular service, and endeavor to provide timely information through our website and e-mail services.

Against the background of a robust U.S. economy recently, many Japanese companies have started new business operations in the Rocky Mountain region or expanded existing operations.  Approximately 100 Japanese companies contribute to the economy and employment in this region, particularly in Colorado and Utah which have enjoyed remarkable economic growth and created much opportunity for business. In cooperation with the JETRO, Japan External Trade Organization, the Consulate-General of Japan intends to further advance its close ties with local state officials and business communities, toward supporting Japanese companies hoping to newly invest or continue smooth operations in the region.

The Consulate-General of Japan in Denver further expects to continue presenting Japanese culture for the regional community, with active support of sister city relationships and other grassroots exchanges. Across our four states, this region currently has 16 sister city relationships with towns and cities in Japan. Each of these relationships actively promote mutual understating between the people of Japan and the United States through cultural sharing, with events like Japanese festivals or human exchange such as student exchange and home stays. The Consulate-General enthusiastically supports these activities with the goal of furthering grassroots exchange in the region. 

This most important mission could not be accomplished without the cooperation of Japan-related organizations such as the Japan America societies, Japanese American civic groups, the Japanese Business Association of the Rockies (JBAR), and various sister city committees and business societies.  I look forward to working together with you all, in close cooperation and partnership, toward building solid relations between Japan and the Rocky Mountain region.

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Consulate General of Japan in Denver in 1999, and the coming year promises to be momentous as Japan passes from “Heisei” into a new era.  With this in mind, the Consulate General will continue its efforts to promote mutual understanding at the grassroots level as well as deepen economic ties and other exchange between Japan and the United States. In the pursuit of this goal, I will devote myself together with my staff, to offer a Consulate that is open and helpful to everyone. I welcome your opinions about the role of our Consulate and its services.

I humbly ask for your continuing support, understanding and goodwill, as has been shown over many years toward the Consulate General of Japan in Denver.

Thank you,

Midori Takeuchi
Consul-General of Japan in Denver
December 2018











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Japanese Government Donates Cherry Tree to NM Veteran’s Memorial

September 19, 2015
Consul General M. Ito & Honorary Consul General Davis Begay


New Mexico Okinawa Goodwill Ambassador Appointed

Albuquerque, March 31, 2016:  Mrs. Sanae Wright, past-secretary of Okinawa Kenjinkai, was recently appointed as the Shin Uchina-Minkan Taishi or New Okinawa Goodwill Ambassador by the Okinawa Prefecture government. Appointment is in recognition of her dedication to activities at both home and aboard with the cultivation of international bridge between Okinawa and New Mexico communities.


Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan

December 7, 2019 - December 7, 2020

Under tab "Events & Activities" for more information


Information on Senkaku Island & Takeshima
under "Government of Japan" 

Japanese Nationals Travel Information Aboard