2022 New Year's Greeting from Consul-General MIKAMI Yoichi

Consul-General MIKAMI Yoichi

Greetings, and a Happy New Year 2022 to all in the Rocky Mountain region.

First and foremost, I would like to express our deepest sympathy to the victims of the fire that broke out on December 30, 2021. I also would like to express our respect to the first responders for their tireless efforts. I sincerely pray for the speedy recovery of those who have suffered because of the fire as well as the swift reconstruction of the affected areas.

All of us were still greatly affected by COVID-19 last year. As the vaccination rate increased in Colorado, New Mexico Utah and Wyoming, we were able to resume many activities such as economic activities and in-person meetings and exchanges in the latter half of the year. However, it is important to continue being cautious and keep a close eye on the present COVID-19 situation, especially the Omicron variant that was discovered towards the end of last year.

In this New Year, I would like to renew my sincere appreciation to all of the Japanese residents and American citizens in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming who have shown outstanding cooperation and support over the last twenty-two years since this office opened in 1999. In this year, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi will mark their 60th anniversary as sister cities, while Magna, Salt Lake County, Utah and Yuzawa, Niigata will observe their 10th year of sister city relations. I would like to express my profound respect to the many people who have nurtured these long and mutually beneficial exchanges. The anniversary celebrations this year offer a wonderful opportunity to further promote friendship and understanding between Japan and the Rocky Mountain region.

My very best wishes to all for a good year in 2022.

Consul-General of Japan in Denver
January 2022


Born in Kyoto-City, Japan in 1964
1985 Joined the Foreign Service
1986 Attache / Third Secretary, Embassy in Tel-Aviv
1990 Vice-Consul, Consulate General of Japan in New York 
1993 Research Division (Intelligence and Analysis Bureau), MOFA
1997 First Middle East Division, MOFA
1999 First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Tel-Aviv
2003 First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.
2008 Chief, Peace Process Section, First Middle East Division, MOFA
2009 Principal Deputy Director, Fourth Division (Intelligence and Analysis Service), MOFA 
2013 Senior Regional Coordinator, First Middle East Division, MOFA
2016 Director, Exchange Programs Division, MOFA
2018 Minister-Counselor, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Ankara
October 1st, 2021   Consul-General, Consulate General of Japan in Denver
Languages: English, Hebrew
Married with one child