It gives me pleasure to introduce myself. I assumed the position of the Head of the Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage toward the end of May 2017.
My wife and I have already been enjoying Alaska’s natural beauty. We have also discovered the people of Alaska to be welcoming and friendly. At the same time, my wife and I are hoping that we will be able to survive the winter in Alaska because we are too accustomed to warm weather; we were in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean for nearly three years before coming here.
I have the experience of having served as the representative of the Government of Japan at numerous international conferences and, at one time, I was a senior staff member of the United Nations Development Programme – the central development organization in the United Nations system. As this is the first time for me to serve as the chief representative of the Government of Japan to the biggest State in the United States of America, I’m excited about spending one of the final stages of my career in Alaska.
I’m pleased to have learned that Alaska and Japan have enjoyed cordial relations for many years. Now, the Government of Japan considers the Alaska-Japan partnership as having growing strategic importance in the light of recent developments in Asia and the Pacific such as ballistic missile launches by North Korea, and China’s show of strength in East and South China Seas. I truly look forward to working closely with you to maintain and even strengthen further the Alaska-Japan partnership.
Masatoshi Sato (Mr.)
Head of Office
Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage
Greetings from Consul Sato
August 5, 2017
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