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Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles To Speak

Published: March 3, 2014

Jun Niimi, the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles, will discuss “How Japanese Investment Builds Southern California” beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, in The Pointe of the Walter Pyramid at CSULB.

The event is being presented by CSULB’s International Business Association (IBA), the official student chapter of the International Business Association of Southern California, a division of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce since 1975.

Niimi arrived in Los Angeles and assumed the post of Consul General in October 2011. He is the official representative of the government of Japan in the consulate’s jurisdiction of Arizona and Southern California. It is his first assignment to the United States.

A career diplomat, Niimi began his service to Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1979, after earning a degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tokyo. His previous international assignments were to England, Kenya, France, Iran, Russia and Thailand. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Japan, Niimi has served as director of Overseas Public Relations, director of the Consular Policy Division, director of the Overseas Establishments Division and assistant vice minister.

Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles To Speak
Jun Niimi

The Pointe will be open at 5:30 p.m., and Michael Solt, CSULB dean for the College of Business Administration, will begin the program promptly at 6 p.m. Lhea Villarreal, president of CSULB’s IBA will introduce Niimi, who will speak for about 30 minutes followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session, then a closing address at 7:15 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Paid public parking permits are available for $5 at the yellow parking lot kiosks. Recommended attire is business casual, and refreshments will be provided.

The event is co-hosted by CSULB’s Center for International Trade and Transportation and the International Studies Students Association.

Seating is limited, and RSVPs are required at

–Rick Gloady