Consulate-General of Japan, Atlanta

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Consulate-General of Japan, Atlanta
Location Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Address 3438 Peachtree Road Northeast
Ambassador Takuji Hanatani

The Consulate-General of Japan, Atlanta (在アトランタ日本国総領事館 Zai Atoranta Nippon-koku Sōryōjikan?) is a diplomatic mission of Japan. It is located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The consulate's jurisdiction includes Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.[1]

History[edit]

The consulate was established on February 15, 1974. At the time, 20 Japanese companies had operations in the Southeastern United States.[2] In 1995 Yuji Miyamoto, the consul general, said that economic relations between Japan and Georgia and other economic states and "grassroots relationships" between those areas were increasing.[3] That year, 200 unionists from several states in the Southern United States protested at Colony Square, the location of the consulate at the time, in Midtown Atlanta. They went to deliver a letter of appeal to the consulate regarding the replacement of over 2,000 Bridgestone/Firestone workers who were striking. Security officers from the complex intervened.[4]

In 2002 the consulate announced it was moving from Colony Square to One Alliance Center. It had signed a ten-year lease there for fewer than 26,000 square feet (2,400 m2) of space. The consulate had over three years left in the lease of Colony Square. Because TrizecHahn Office Properties Inc. owned both office properties, the consulate was easily able to move to its new location.[5] In 2005 there were almost 700 Japanese companies with operations in the Southeastern United States, employing over 89,500 people. The cumulative Japanese investment was over $20 billion that year. In 2005 almost 20,000 Japanese nationals resided in that region, including 6,600 in the State of Georgia.[2]

Facility[edit]

It is located in Suite 850 of the Phipps Tower in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.[1] Previously (as of 2005) the consulate was in Suite 1600 on the 16th floor of the One Alliance Center in Buckhead,[6][7] and the consul general's office had a northward panoramic view of the Kennesaw Mountain. In 2005 the consul general's mansion was also in Buckhead.[7] In a prior period (as of 1995) the consulate was in Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Directions to the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta." Consulate-General of Japan, Atlanta. Retrieved on May 21, 2013. "Consulate-General of Japan Phipps Tower, Suite 850 3438 Peachtree Rd. Atlanta, GA 30326"
  2. ^ a b Borden, Teresa. "Q&A / GEORGE HISAEDA, Japanese consul in Atlanta: 30-year relationship pays off; Envoy sees big impact on Southeast landscape." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Wednesday June 30, 2004. Atlanta & The World p. 3E. Available from LexisNexis.
  3. ^ Quinn, Matthew C. "BUSINESS REPORT ON INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Japanese envoy hopeful about economic ties." Atlanta Journal-Constitution. May 16, 1995. p. D2. Retrieved on May 21, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Greer, Richard. "Unionists protest at Japanese consulate." The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Friday June 23, 1995. Business p. 3H.
  5. ^ Gove, Matt. "Japanese Consulate says goodbye to Colony Square." Atlanta Business Journal. March 4, 2002. Retrieved on May 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "Directions." Consulate-General of Japan. April 23, 2003. Retrieved on May 23, 2013. "Consulate General of Japan One Alliance Center 3500 Lenox Road, Suite 1600 Atlanta, GA 30326 "
  7. ^ a b Chapman, Dan. "A different breed; Japan's man in Atlanta has fallen in love with the city and doesn't want to go home." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Wednesday February 16, 2005. Atlanta & The World p. 1F. "He's also a media-savvy huckster of all things Japanese who eagerly opened his Buckhead mansion to celebrities and commoners alike, including a record-setting 2,000th invitee last Wednesday. Hisaeda (pronounced hee-sah-EH-dah) proudly noted that he welcomed more visitors than any previous Japanese consul general since the consulate was established in 1974. "I have been very successful as a host," he said during an interview in his 16th-floor Buckhead office, with a panoramic view northward to Kennesaw Mountain." Available from Infotrac Gale Cengage Learning.

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