Under the direction of the Consul General and Deputy Consul General, the various sections of our office include:
The consular section's duties include issuing and renewing passports, updating family registries, providing certification services, registering voters and providing overseas polling stations for Japanese nationals; issuing visas for non-Japanese travelers to or through Japan; providing support to local Japanese supplementary schools and to Japanese residents in cases of emergency.
Political and Economic Affairs Section
The political and economic affairs section analyzes political and economic trends and their impact on Japan-U.S. relations; provides support in public and private sectors to strengthen economic and political relations.
Cultural and Public Affairs Section
The cultural and public affairs section promotes knowledge and understanding of Japan and Japanese culture through educational, cultural and grassroots events and programs; supports Japanese language and culture education through various programs, advocacy and scholarships; coordinates the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program; and disseminates information through the media and website.
Vehicle Inspection Section
The vehicle inspection section assesses and certifies compliance of Japanese manufacturing standards and regulations for U.S. automobile exports to Japan.
Other sections include the Adminstrative Section - responsible for accounting, staffing and communications; the Security Section - responsible for the safety of the office and residence of the Consul General; and the General Affairs Section - responsible for protocol and overall management of the office.
To asist with our mission in Ohio, the Japanese government designates an Honorary Consul
to help promote understanding of Japan, provide indirect support to Japanese companies, and attend official functions in Ohio on behalf of the Consul General.