Consul General's Greeting
My name is Mitsuhiro Wada, the new Consul General of Japan in Detroit. My appointment began on August 24th.
It is a great honor to work in Michigan and Ohio in the Midwest which has a particularly close relationship with Japan. The expansion of Japanese companies in the region is truly remarkable. The 487 facilities in Michigan employ over 38,000 workers and the 422 facilities in Ohio employ over 71,000 workers. Japanese companies have greatly contributed to the local economy. Additionally, in both state combined there are about 26,000 Japanese nationals and this Consulate is ranked 16th out of the top diplomatic missions in the world. Furthermore, in Michigan there are 27 sister city relationships with Japan along with the Michigan-Shiga sister state/prefecture relationship. In Ohio there are 14 sister city relationships in addition to the Ohio-Saitama sister state/prefecture relationship. These exchages are very active at the grassroots level.
Given the very close releationship between Japan and this region, all the Consulate General Staff are ready to ensure the safety of Japanese residents in our juristiction, provide a variety of consular services, support Japanese companies and promote every opportunity to convey Japanese culture and ideas to the local population. We would like to make every effort to strengthen the ties of friendship between Japan and the United States as well as facilitate exchanges.
Now that Detroit is continuing to make large strides in its reemergence, we want to portray a very positive image of the city, and the states of Michigan and Ohio, to Japan.
Thank you everyone for your support and cooperation as we try to make great leaps forward.
Standing Consul General of Japan in Detroit
Mr. Wada began his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1983. Within the Ministry in Tokyo, he has served as the Secretary-General for the 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting, Deputy Director-General of the International Cooperation Bureau (ICB), Deputy Director-General of the Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department, and Director of the Grant Aid & Technical Cooperation Division of the ICB. Overseas, Mr. Wada has held posts as the Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister at the Japanese Embassy in China, as a Counselor at the Embassy of Japan in Indonesia, and as a Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva. Mr. Wada joined the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit on August 24, 2015.