The New England area is where John Manjiro studied. He was one of the first Japanese people to visit the United States and later contributed towards the opening between Japan and the US. New England is also where Jo Nijima, the founder of Doshisha University, studied. He became friends with William S. Clark, who would go on to become the founder of Sapporo Agricultural College (now known as Hokkaido University). Clark imparted a saying that has been deeply embedded into Japan, “Boys, be ambitious!” These ties between Japan and the US continue to carry over to this day. For example, there are 24 Sister City ties between 6 New England States and Japan. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Sister City ties between Kyoto and Boston. It is an honor to take over this role during such an exciting time.
At this time, New England has such a high number of academic and research institutions with well-known reputations throughout not only the United States, but all across the world. An exceptional number of global talent are gathering here. Japanese companies are surging in the business development and R&D sectors, which makes this area a hub for advanced research and intellectual exchange for Japan. Along with this trending growth, I find it deeply encouraging to see the influx of Japanese people moving to the U.S. and thrive in the workplace and society.
As Consul General in Boston, my aim is to support the safety and stability of the Japanese people, and to further build upon the friendship between Japan and the United States that so many of my predecessors have worked to establish over the years. I want to express my sincere thanks for the support and cooperation of all Japanese residents not only within the New England area but all throughout the United States.
September 19, 2019
Setsuo Ohmori, Consul General of Japan in Boston