Japanese Consulate-General, Honolulu

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Japanese Consulate-General, Honolulu (在ホノルル日本国総領事館 Zai Honoruru Nippon-koku Sōryōjikan?) is Japan's diplomatic facility in the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. The facility is located at 1742 Nuuanu Avenue. The facility's jurisdiction includes Hawaii and American Samoa.[1]

As of August 31, 2009, the consul general is Yoshihiko Kamo (加茂 佳彦 Kamo Yoshihiko).[2][3]

History[edit]

In 1885 Japan's first consular facility, Consular Office of Japan, opened within the Royal Hawaiian Hotel; as of 2008 the facility now houses the Hawaii State Art Museum. The Japanese government upgraded the facility to a consulate-general on November 17 of that year. On February 14, 1886, Taro Ando, the first consul general, purchased land from Judge M.A. Austin; Ando opened the Japanese consulate on the parcel at the intersection of Nuuanu Street and Kuakini Street; the facility included the residence and the business office.[4]

In 1908 the consulate purchased a building at the intersection of Beretania Street and Fort Street. The three-story stone office building became the consulate-general facility while the original building at the intersection of Nuuanu Street and Kuakini Street became the residence of the consul general. The consulate sold the building in 1913, and as of 2008 the building houses classrooms for Hawaii Pacific University. The consulate bought a property neighboring the Beretania and Fort building from Mrs. Judd. The 13,400-square-foot (1,240 m2) grounds included a new consul general residence and office space.[4] Around 1920 the two-story wood main building, located in a well-to-do neighborhood, had a gold imperial chrysanthemum crest in the front.[5]

When the United States joined World War II, the government placed the consulate staff under house arrest; the Swedish Vice Consul, Gustaf Olsen, occupied the Japanese consulate and provided services for Japanese residents in March 1942; many of the Japanese served by the Honolulu consulate found their primary income members placed under internment. The normal operation of the consulate was re-established after the signing of the San Francisco Peace Treaty became effective on April 28, 1952. Since then the consulate served business and tourist traffic from its home country.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visa & Travel." Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu. Accessed August 17, 2008.
  2. ^ "About Consul General Kamo." Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu.
  3. ^ "総領事略歴." (Japanese) Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu.
  4. ^ a b c "Brief History." Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu. Accessed August 17, 2008.
  5. ^ Umezawa Duus, Masayo. Beth Cary (translator). The Japanese Conspiracy: The Oahu Sugar Strike of 1920. University of California Press. Published in 1999. 79.

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Coordinates: 21°19′09″N 157°51′15″W / 21.3191°N 157.8542°W / 21.3191; -157.8542