Messages from Consul General at Denver


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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