- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Lexington, Kentucky
Hon. David Carpenter
|Hon. David Carpenter and Mr. Motohiko Kato Consul-General|
The Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville announces the appointment of David Carpenter as the Honorary Consul of Japan in Lexington. He will hold the position for a five-year renewable term. Mr. Motohiko Kato, Consul-General of Japan in Nashville, presented an official letter of appointment by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to Mr. Carpenter on December 10 2014 at the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville.DAVID CARPENTER is currently the Executive Director of the Japan/America Society of Kentucky (JASK). He worked in Community Relations/PR for Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. from 2000-2011, as Assistant Director of the Kobe Friendship House Community Center and Translator in International PR/Guest Relations for Tokyu Sports Oasis Center in Kobe, Japan from 1999-2000 and was a faculty member at the Nagasaki In-Touch Community Center, also in Japan, from 1995-1999. Mr. Carpenter assumes his post as Honorary Consul in a state that has extensive economic, cultural and social ties to Japan. There are 168 Japanese–owned facilities in Kentucky, which employ more than 40,000 people, and Japan has invested $6.6 billion in the state. In his position, Mr. Carpenter will work to promote and protect the rights and interests of Japanese nationals in Kentucky, encourage Japanese investment in Kentucky and cultivate cross-cultural understanding and appreciation between Japanese and Kentuckians. Currently, there are approximately 4200 Japanese nationals residing in Kentucky. Also notable among these ties are the seven sister-city relationships maintained between cities and towns in Japan and Kentucky. They are Lexington – Shinhidaka, Georgetown – Tahara, Elizabethtown – Koori-machi, Bowling Green – Kawanishi, Morgantown – Nanao, Owensboro – Nisshin, and Berea/Madison County – Hokuto. Kentucky’s relationship to Japan is being further strengthened by the Japan/America Society of Kentucky and other organizations. JASK promotes Japanese-American cross-cultural outreach and understanding through cultural events and networking opportunities. In addition, Japanese language education is offered at several colleges and universities and at the K-12 level in the state.