Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco
Consul General Inomata and Mrs. Inomata hosted a reception at their official residence on December 1 in celebration of the December 23 birthday of the Emperor of Japan. Nearly 400 state and local leaders attended the event, including California Secretary of Service and Volunteering Karen Baker; Assemblymember Richard Pan; Millbrae Mayor Daniel Quigg; Sebastopol Mayor Guy Wilson; Vice Admiral Manson K. Brown, Pacific Area Commander of the US Coast Guard; Judge Roy Hashimoto of the California Superior Court in Alameda County; Judge Dale Ikeda of the California Superior Court in Fresno County; Judge Gerardo Sandoval of the California Superior Court in San Francisco County; Director Patricia Hayes of the State Department’s Office of Foreign Missions; and UC Davis Vice Provost William Lacy. Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California President Hiroshi Haruki, Japan Society of Northern California Chair Isao Steve Matsuura, and various citizens of Japan were also in attendance.
The program began with the singing of the American and Japanese national anthems. Consul General Inomata then welcomed everyone to the celebration and noted that San Francisco City Hall will kindly be flying Japan’s flag on the occasion of the Emperor’s actual birthday and Japan’s national day, December 23 (please see here for further details). He then thanked Japan’s friends in California and the United States Government for their strong support after the March 11 earthquake and noted that 2011 also marked the 60th anniversary of the San Francisco Peace Treaty and the first Japan-US Security Treaty. The Consul General underlined the continued importance of the Japan-US alliance and the further expansion of Japan-US ties, asking for attendees’ support in continuing to strengthening this steadfast alliance.
After the Consul General’s remarks, Secretary Baker extended greetings on behalf of the California State Government.