On 1st January the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs appointed Mr Keith M Dunn OBE KStJ of Newport as the new Honorary Consul of Japan in Cardiff, Wales.
Mr Dunn officially takes up the appointment in Cardiff on Wednesday, 4th January, 2017.
He replaces the former Honorary Consul, Mr Hugh Thomas CBE, who retired from his post in July 2016 after contributing to Japanese-Welsh relations for over 20 years. The Japanese government appointed Mr Dunn as his successor due to the substantial Japanese population and the large number of Japanese companies in Wales.
Mr Dunn has participated in the voluntary sector with St. John Cymru-Wales since the age of seven, and is now its Chief Executive after working in a range of significant roles within the organisation. In addition, he has strong connections with a variety of sectors including the Welsh government and emergency services, and is widely respected by the local community.
In 2010 he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours and was made a Knight of the Order of St. John in 2005, in recognition for his dedicated service to St. John in Wales.
In his capacity as Honorary Consul of Japan, Mr Dunn will provide support for Japanese companies, promote understanding of Japan, help Japanese citizens in emergencies, oversee cultural events and foster cordial relations with the city and regional authorities, and by so doing will assist the Embassy in its mission. The appointment of Mr Dunn as Honorary Consul will contribute to the strengthening of the relationship between Japan and Wales.
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