Introducing the Newly Reshuffled Cabinet

On Aug. 3, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled the Cabinet. Following the first meeting, members convened for a commemorative photo.
See below for a list of the ministers:

Meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven

Abe Visits Sweden, Finland and Denmark

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Sweden, Finland and Denmark after the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. 
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Welcomed by President of Finland Sauli Niinistö

Joint Press Conference with Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen

Piko Taro Promotes U.N. Sustainability Development Goals in Japan

Japanese comedian and YouTube star Piko Taro has partnered with Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote U.N. Sustainability Development Goals in Japan. 
Watch the video below:

Sites in Japan Inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List

The Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region were inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. 
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Reopening of Consular Annex

On Aug. 11, a ceremony marking the reopening of the Consulate General of Japan's consular annex at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center was held.
For more information about the Consulate's overall services, read here: 

Introducing the Consulate's Official Facebook Page

The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles has launched its official Facebook page! We want to connect with you and welcome your likes and shares.

Credit: Huntington Beach Sister City Association

Huntington Beach-Anjo 35th Anniversary

On July 4, 2017 Consul General and Mrs. Chiba joined festivities in Huntington Beach commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Huntington Beach-Anjo sister city relationship. 
The Anjo delegation, including Mayor Kamiya, rode in the city’s annual Fourth of July Parade and celebrated with the community at a special luncheon.  

Terasaki Budokan Groundbreaking

On August 3, Consul General Chiba attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Terasaki Budokan and presented a special aikido demonstration as a blessing to the project. The opening of this $25 million sports complex scheduled for 2019 will bring the long term vision of the Little Tokyo Service Center to reality, of a “home court for all” in Little Tokyo. 
Read more about the Terasaki Budokan and watch Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles Akira Chiba's aikido presentation below:

2017 JET Program Participants Depart for Japan

On July 22nd, a total of 135 new JET participants from Los Angeles and Arizona departed from LAX for Japan.
Read the links below to find out more about the Bon Voyage event and the JET Program.

Kizuna Video Series #1: Nisei Week

The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles in association with Kizuna brings to you a video series highlighting the unique features and history of the Japanese American community.  Check out the first video which introduces Nisei Week, and make sure to experience this year’s festival live in Little Tokyo August 19-27! 

Los Angeles Anime Film Festival

Anime fans unite! The Los Angeles Anime Film Festival will be held on Sept. 15-17 to showcase 20 anime films, including long-term fan favorites such as Kiki's Delivery Service from Studio Ghibli and more recent releases like Miss Hokusai.  

Japan Infrastructure Tech Goes Global!

Japan’s economic strength and resilience is, in no small measure, based upon creating infrastructure which is both highly innovative and sensitive to local needs.  Rising global challenges, including mobility demands and building environmentally sustainable societies, are some of the areas where Japan’s infrastructure technology and know-how are beginning to make a positive difference!  Check out more on these developments here:

A Spiritual Journey in Japan - Experience a Unique Pilgrimage Through Japan's Sacred Sites

Despite being a smaller country, Japan's landscape is extremely varied and the spiritual connection with nature runs deep. One particularly unique way to experience Japan's natural beauty firsthand is to walk one of the many spiritual pilgrimage routes that wind through misty mountains, along ancient coastal roads, and through deep valleys to the many sacred shrines and temples along the way.  Journey begins here: |
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