2019 New Year’s Greeting from Consul-General Midori Takeuchi

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Happy New Year 2019 to all in the Rocky Mountain region!

Today, January 15th, marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Consulate General of Japan in Denver which opened on this date in 1999. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all of the Japanese residents and American citizens in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming who have shown the Consulate General of Japan in Denver outstanding cooperation and support over the last twenty years. The Consulate will continue to dedicate itself toward supporting Japanese residents and companies in the area, as well as to promoting strong relations and increased exchange between Japan and the beautiful Rocky Mountain region.

The year 2019 will mark not only the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Japanese Consulate in Denver, but also the abdication of the imperial throne in Japan by His Majesty Emperor Akihito, scheduled for April 30th. His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito will then succeed to the throne on May 1st, hailing the beginning of a new era. Also in 2019, Japan will serve as host for the 2019 Rugby World Cup along with a number of important international conferences including the G20 Summit in Osaka and the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Yokohama.  

Here in the Rocky Mountain region, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Tsuyama, Okayama will mark their 20th anniversary as sister cities, while Boulder, Colorado and Yamagata City, and Aspen and Katsuyama, Fukui will observe 25 years of sister city relations. These celebrations offer a wonderful opportunity to further promote friendship and understanding between Japan and the Rocky Mountain region.

It has now been about a month and a half since I arrived in Denver, on November 27th, 2018. Having already had several occasions and social events to meet and greet with people in this area, I am happy to say that I have been very impressed with the heartfelt and warm hospitality I have experienced here. I have felt an affinity toward Japan and high expectations for working together, and renewed energy as I look forward to serving here in this Rocky Mountain region so vibrant and blessed with natural beauty

Once again, the Consulate General of Japan in Denver will continue with its best efforts to promote mutual understanding at the grassroots level, toward deeper economic ties and other exchange between Japan and the Rocky Mountain region. 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.

My very best wishes to all for a happy and healthy new year in 2019!

Midori Takeuchi
Consul-General of Japan in Denver
January 15, 2019

Profile

Education
Mar 1982   Graduated from Keio University, Faculty of Law, specializing in Political Science
 
Career Summary
Apr 1982   Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Language and Area Specialist
Jun 1985   Posted to the Embassy of Japan in Singapore
Apr 1988   Officer in the Language Section, Foreign Service Training Institute
Feb 1992   Vice Consul, Consulate General of Japan in New York
Oct 1997    Deputy Director, Domestic Public Relations Division
Nov 2000  Deputy Director, International Energy Division, Economic Affairs Bureau
Aug 2002  Deputy Director, First North America Division
Jun 2005   Principal Deputy Director, Asia-Europe Cooperation Division
Apr 2007   Principal Deputy Director, Domestic Public Relations Division
Sep 2010   Deputy Consul-General, Consulate General of Japan in Detroit
Apr 2013   Director, Office of International Affairs, Research and International Division, Secretary General’s Office, Board of Audit
Apr 2016   Senior Director of Operations, Foreign Service Training Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nov 2018  Consul-General, Consulate General of Japan in Denver