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Greetings from Consul General Motohiko Kato
My name is Motohiko Kato and I just arrived in Nashville on October 15 as the newly appointed Consul-General of Japan.
I started working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1982. My recent overseas experiences include being stationed at Japanese embassies in Afghanistan, the United States of America, and the Philippines. In Tokyo, I was engaged with economic diplomacy and international cooperation in the field of science and nuclear energy among other areas. I feel very honored to have an opportunity to serve as Consul-General of Japan in Nashville and am determined to do my best at this new post.
The Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville has jurisdiction over five states in the South – Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Currently, approximately ten thousand Japanese are living and as many as 370 Japanese companies are operating in this area. We plan to continue improving consular related services, including sending consular staff to areas outside of Nashville and providing information necessary for residents’ security. Also we will keep our commitment to assisting Japanese companies by, for example, hosting business seminars.
As for U.S.-Japan relations, the close friendship between our two countries and strong bonds at the grassroots level were again appreciated when we received a great amount of support and encouragement from a wide range of people in the five states in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. I, as Consul-General, am determined to work hard to further exchanges between our two countries by introducing Japan and holding cultural events in order to enhance the relationship between Japan and the United States, especially the South.
I would like to ask for your understanding and cooperation with our activities. Thank you.
Consul-General of Japan in Nashville
Consul-General Motohiko Kato’s Bio:
Motohiko Kato entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982. His overseas assignments include Japanese embassies in Singapore and Iran, and the Japanese Delegation to the OECD in Paris. After serving as Director of the Nuclear Energy Division and Director of the Second International Organization Division, he was posted to the Japanese Embassy in Afghanistan as Deputy Chief of Mission in 2004. Recently, he served as the Director of the International Cooperation Department of the National Institute for Research Advancement, a Japanese think-tank, from 2006. He was the Minister and Head of Chancery at the Japanese Embassy in the U.S. from 2007 and served as the Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul-General at the Japanese Embassy in the Republic of the Philippines from 2010 before assuming his current position in September 2012.