CJS Joins in Welcoming New Japanese Consul-General

Front and center, new Consul-General Toyoei Shigeeda and Mrs. Michiko Shigeeda. Center for Okinawan Studies Director Joyce Chinen in red; behind her Robert Huey representing the Center for Japanese Studies.

At a special luncheon at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii on November 20th, the Kizuna group, made up of Japan-focused community organizations, welcomed new Japanese Consul-General Toyoei Shigeeda, and his wife, Michiko, to Honolulu.  More than 100 people attended.  Consul-General Shigeeda arrived one month ago from his previous post in Frankfurt, Germany, and visited UH last week to welcome the participants of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science-sponsored Symposium “Culture, Technology, and Transnationality in the Cold War Asia and Pacific.”

The Kizuna group is made up of representatives from community organizations that focus on Japan and Japan-US relations, including: the Hawaii United Okinawa Association, Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, Japan-America Society of Hawaii, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Japanese Women’s Society Foundation, Sakura Hawaii Alumnae, United Japanese Society of Hawaii, U.S.-Japan Council, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa Center for Japanese Studies and Center for Okinawan Studies.