My name is Yoshitaka Yokoyama and I arrived at the beginning of April to begin my post as Consul General of Japan in Auckland.
I have never had the chance to come to New Zealand before now, and as this is my first time in the Oceania region it is a new challenge for me. I look forward to bringing my best to this role.
My previous overseas postings with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs have included much experience in Eastern Europe and wider Europe, and at the Ministry’s home office in Tokyo I have worked in several areas including the European Affairs Bureau, the Economic Cooperation Bureau, and the United Nations Policy Bureau. My recent work has been with Disarmament and Refugee Assistance.
The Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland oversees almost the entire upper half of the North Island, and there are so many Japanese people living and working in Auckland and across this region. I was really impressed to see the energetic activities of the Japanese Community in Auckland through the large-scale Japan Day 2015 cultural event which took place straight after my arrival here.
My role here includes supporting the Japanese community, encouraging Japan-affiliated businesses, and promoting Sister City relations as well as cultural and sports exchanges. I also look forward to working with the people of Auckland and New Zealand to deepen the relationship between our countries.
Consul-General of Japan in Auckland