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.

     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 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.

Greeting from New Consul-General


     I am Hiroto Hirakoba, the new Consul-General of Japan in Denver. I arrived on March 21st and am very pleased to have the opportunity to work in such a beautiful and lively area like the Rocky Mountain region.

     Previously, I have worked in Asia, Africa, and Oceania. My recent stations were at the Consulate-General of Japan in Shanghai and the Consulate-General of Japan in Qingdao. After that I have also worked at Tohoku University and the Foreign Service Training Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

     The jurisdiction of the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver consists of four states - Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming. We will continue to do our very best to further strengthen relations between Japan and the four states.

     Thank you for your continued cooperation and support toward the Consulate.

Hiroto Hirakoba
Consul-General of Japan in Denver
March 2017







平木塲 弘人



Ambassador from Japan to the United States

Ambassador Shinsuke J. Sugiyama

Santa Fe Indian School
Japan Cultural Exchange 
July 2018

 for more information.
 contact Mr. William Pacheco
(505) 989-6308

Japan Gives Back Through International Development Aid 

On May 23, Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae and his wife Mrs. Nobuko Sasae welcomed leaders and supporters of CARE USA to celebrate their efforts around the world! 

CARE is a world-leading humanitarian organization that fights poverty and provides refugee relief and natural disaster support in over 100 countriesCARE shares a relationship with Japan that goes as far back as the 1940s. In the wake of World War II, more than ten-million Japanese citizens were saved through CARE’s activities. More recently, they helped 20,000 survivors of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake by collaborating with CARE JAPAN.Now, Japan is giving back through various development initiatives all over the world, with a particular focus on women’s empowerment and global health. Between 2016 and 2019, for example, Japan will assist in the education of 50,000 women and girls and has committed to invest $1.1 billion towards improving public health in Africa and Asia. Ambassador Sasae's engagement with CARE comes from his background in refugee relief as a special advisor to Sadako Ogata, the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, while Mrs. Sasae's lies in her intensive work in women's empowerment. As a part of our ongoing efforts to aid developing countries, we hope to strengthen Japan’s partnerships in development assistance, and look forward to working with CARE in the future.


Japanese Government Donates Cherry Tree to NM Veteran’s Memorial

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


New Mexico Judo Institute

New Year "Kagami Biraki"

Y. Matsuo sensei


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


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.


Japanese Nationals Travel Information Aboard