Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa Hosts Reception for New Honorary Consul

June 3, 2015

Press Release

Robert Hirai Is Appointed Honorary Consul of Japan in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho – Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa of the Consular Office of Japan in Portland hosted a reception to recognize the appointment of Robert Hirai of Boise as Honorary Consul of Japan in Idaho. Over 100 people were in attendance which included state and city officials, congressional staff members, business executives, family, and friends. In his remarks, Consul General Furusawa expressed his goal of expanding the ties of both commercial and cultural interactions between the nation of Japan and the state of Idaho. He has visited with the mayors in the Treasure Valley to encourage the establishment of a Sister City relationship which will lead to people-to-people exchanges – nurturing understanding and friendship at the grass-roots level. Lt. Governor Brad Little reiterated these comments in his remarks citing the strong ties between Idaho and Japan and the importance of maintaining and growing these relationships.

Honorary Consul Hirai is a native of Idaho and has a vast background in finance and organizational development. He was previously the President of the Boise Valley Japanese American Citizens League.

The Government of Japan, in accordance with regular practice, appoints Honorary Consuls in order to maintain the interests of their country and citizens, and to promote cultural exchanges with foreign countries where official government offices cannot be established.

Pictured (L to R): Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa, Idaho Japanese Association President Rika Torres, Honorary Consul
Robert Hirai, State of Idaho Lt. Governor Brad Little (Photo provided by Diane Smith)

Media Inquiries:
Matthew Turner
Information & Cultural Affairs
Consular Office of Japan in Portland
1300 S.W. 5th Avenue, Suite 2700
Portland, OR 97201
P: 503-221-1811 ext. 314
F: 503-224-8936