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Remarks by Consul-General Nozomu Takaoka
at Reception toSsupport Japanese Programs

at Asia Society Texas Center
on September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014

Thank you for inviting me here tonight. My name is Nozomu Takaoka, the new Consul-General of Japan in Houston.  Since my arrival in this great city 11 months ago, I have been constantly reminded that Houston represents a happy marriage of economic prosperity, international diversity, and cultural beauty.  

Tonight I am happy to see so many proud faces of those who also know this great combination, including the hosts of tonight’s event.  Thank you to the energetic Ms. Donna Cole for always being an enthusiastic supporter of the programs involving Japan.  Thank you to Mr. Glen Gondo for your consistent and continuous generosity and excellent taste in sushi.  Thank you to Mr. J.J. Naoki for strengthening the Japan-Houston bond as President of the Japan-America Society of Houston, particularly through various exchange programs.

And last, but not least, thank you to Mr. Tadashi Takasugi for leading the way for other Japanese company executives living in Houston to be actively engaged with the community, as you are, not just as the President of the Japan Business Association of Houston, but as General Manager of Mitsubishi.  I would very much like to solicit and encourage more Japanese business participation and contribution to organizations such as Asia Society.

My many thanks also go to Chairman Charles Foster, Vice Chairman Eddie Allen, and Executive Director Bonna Kol for welcoming as many as eight Japanese events with truly exceptional Japanese talent into their home.  The sculptures of the excellent Bidou Yamaguchi, the music of renowned composer Yumi Kurosawa, and the original blend of contemporary and traditional Kabuki choreography from the Houston Ballet’s very own Nao Kusuzaki, just to name a few.

Lastly, I would like to recognize your support and attendance here tonight which once again reinforces my confidence that the coming months will be mutually beneficial and enriching for Asia Society, the Japanese community and the entirety of Houston. Thank you very much.