Welcome from New Consul General Takashi Shinozuka
Greetings. My name is Takashi Shinozuka and I arrived in the United States on January 9, 2016 to assume my new post as Consul General of Japan in Atlanta. I am very honored to be posted in this beautiful and hospitable region, and eager to learn more about its people, culture, and businesses.
Prior to this post, I served as Vice Grand Master of the Ceremonies in the Imperial Household Agency. I have also held director-level posts in the Cabinet Office, in the National Institute for Research Advancement(NIRA), and in the Economic Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, I have served abroad in France and Myanmar; however, this is my first post in the United States.
As the Consul General of Japan, it is my duty to continue to strengthen economic and cultural relations between Japan and the United States, particularly with the four states in my jurisdiction: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The Southeast United States has a long history of relations with Japan, stretching more than forty years. Now more than 1,300 Japan-related businesses are located here, and some 20,000 Japanese nationals have chosen to call the Southeast home. The Southeast is a welcome haven for both Japanese businesses and families alike and I want to continue to build on the strong bonds we have developed over these many decades. I have much to learn about the Southeast and I hope I can count on your kind support as I work toward this goal of further fostering the deep friendship between Japan and this dynamic region.