Greeting from Consul General Naganuma


Greeting Message

Consul General Zentaro Naganuma

 Thank you for visiting the official website of the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston. My name is Zentaro Naganuma, and I had the pleasure of assuming my post as the new Consul General on April 15th, 2024.

 Throughout my career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the opportunities I have had to work alongside the United States have shown me how integral the Japan-U.S. relationship is within the global context. Today, the importance of this relationship has never been greater as the international community faces a historic turning point. I feel great honor and responsibility in serving at the frontlines of Japan-U.S. cooperation and playing a role in strengthening our vital relationship.

  The states of Texas and Oklahoma, which make up the Consulate’s jurisdiction, have experienced remarkable growth in recent years. The GDP of Texas now exceeds that of some G7 countries such as Canada and Italy. The population, including Japanese residents, is growing rapidly. Many Japanese companies have established their US headquarters in Texas. Oklahoma is also vigorously pursuing efforts to attract foreign investment. In addition, Japan and Oklahoma are conducting advanced joint research and development focusing on weather conditions that cause many tornadoes.

  In both states, the Japanese community is an integral part of the local community, proudly playing a role in the development of various fields. Since my arrival, I have received a warm welcome from many state and city officials, which I attribute to the significant contributions that the members of the Japanese community have made to their communities over the years.

 The primary role of the Consulate General is to protect the lives and property of Japanese citizens. All of us at the Consulate General are committed to fulfilling this responsibility. At the same time, we look forward to working with you to advance specific matters that will deepen the grassroots ties between Japan and Texas-Oklahoma and further cooperation in such areas of economy, science and technology, culture, and education. If you have any requests or comments for the Consulate General, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Zentaro Naganuma
Consul-General of Japan in Houston
April 30, 2024