Mayor Hisamoto Visits San Francisco – Pt II

2015/06/22 News
Mayor Hisamoto presents at the San Francisco City Innovate Summit

After the first leg of their visit to San Francisco and Seattle, Mayor Hisamoto and the Kobe delegation returned to San Francisco last week for continued exchange with San Francisco’s local government and entrepreneurial organizations.

Mayor Hisamoto, KTIO’s Director Sometani and the Kobe delegation spent Tuesday, June 16 visiting TUMML, an organization that aids entrepreneurs in impacting local communities. Mayor Hisamoto also met with Chief Data Officer Joy Bonaguro and Chief Information Office Miguel Gamino at San Francisco’s City Hall. Mayor Hisamoto also participated in a PR reception on Kobe-sponsored investment promotion at the residence of San Francisco’s Consulate General of Japan, Jun Yamada.

Exchanging with Joy Bonaguro and Miguel Gamino at San Francisco City Hall

Exchanging with Joy Bonaguro and Miguel Gamino at San Francisco City Hall

Miguel Gamino and Joy Bonaguro

Mayor Hisamoto (left) with CDO Joy Bonaguro and CIO Miguel Gamino at San Francisco City Hall

Mayor Hisamoto participating in a reception at the residence of Jun Yamada, San Francisco's Consulate General of Japan

Mayor Hisamoto participating in a reception at the residence of Jun Yamada, San Francisco’s Consulate General of Japan

On Wednesday, June 17, Mayor Hisamoto met with Code for America. Code for America is non-profit organization that seeks to improve local communities by connecting open source technology with the transformation of government services. Mayor Hisamoto also met with Peter Hirshberg, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur that focuses on connecting modern technology with business growth.

Mayor Hisamoto participated in a mayors' panel at San Francisco's City Innovate Summit

Mayor Hisamoto participated in a mayors’ panel at San Francisco’s City Innovate Summit

Mayor Hisamoto presents at the San Francisco City Innovate Summit

Mayor Hisamoto speaks at the residence of Jun Yamada, San Francisco’s Consulate General of Japan

Mayor Hisamoto participated in San Francisco’s City Innovate Summit on Wednesday, speaking among a panel of city mayors about his  unique approach to solving Kobe’s modern challenges. Mayor Hisamoto’s presentation focused upon growing Kobe’s IT, business startup, and biomedical sectors.

Mayor Hisamoto presents at San Francisco's City Innovate Summit

Mayor Hisamoto presents at San Francisco’s City Innovate Summit

Mayor Hisamoto answering questions at San Francisco's City Innovate Summit

Mayor Hisamoto answering questions at San Francisco’s City Innovate Summit

Kobe Trade Information office looks forward to future visits from Mayor Hisamoto, and will continue to post information regarding the results of Mayor Hisamoto’s exchanges with the local governments and organizations of Seattle, San Francisco, and the Silicon Valley.

Mayor of Kobe Visits San Francisco & Seattle

2015/06/16 News
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Mayor Hisamoto shake hands after signing the Letter of Intent for business exchange

On June 11th, a delegation from Kobe joined KTIO’s Director Tetsuya Sometani in assisting Mayor Kizō Hisamoto with a visit to San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Seattle. Mayor Hisamoto has come to the West Coast with a deep interest in collaboration between aerospace, biomedical, IT, and community programs in both Washington state and California. Since arriving on the 11th, Mayor Hisamoto has met with numerous organizations and progressive thinkers–including Apple,  startup investment organization “500 Startups,” and Seattle’s own Mayor Ed Murray. Mayors Hisamoto and Murray met for the signing of an agreement that will foster partnership and exchange between Seattle and Kobe’s aerospace and IT industries.

Mayor Hisamoto, the Kobe delegation, and KTIO Director Tetsuya Sometani have returned to San Francisco to meet with the San Francisco Japanese consulate; exchange with San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee; participate in San Francisco’s City Innovation Summit; and much more.

Check back periodically for updates, photos, and videos from Mayor Hisamoto’s visit to San Francisco and Seattle. Read on for a photo stream of Mayor Hisamoto’s activities from the 11th through the 15th.

Mayor Hisamoto (2nd on left) and members of the Kobe delegation at Apple in Cupertino, CA

Mayor Hisamoto (2nd on left) and members of the Kobe delegation at Apple in Cupertino, CA

Mayor Hisamoto (3rd from right) and members of the Kobe delegation stand with Zafer Younis, a Venture Partner at 500 Startups

Mayor Hisamoto (3rd from right) and members of the Kobe delegation stand with Zafer Younis, a Venture Partner at 500 Startups

Mayor Hisamoto tours the Ferry Building and local farmer's market in San Francisco, CA

Mayor Hisamoto tours the Ferry Building and local farmer’s market in San Francisco, CA

Mayor Hisamoto and the Kobe delegation explore the local market of San Francisco's Ferry Building

Mayor Hisamoto and the Kobe delegation explore the local market of San Francisco’s Ferry Building

Mayor Hisamoto visits a "Hackathon" at San Francisco International Airport--an event where local computer programmers competed to innovate and improve upon travel apps

Mayor Hisamoto visits a “Hackathon” at San Francisco International Airport–an event where local computer programmers joined together to innovate and improve upon travel apps

Mayor Hisamoto learning more about the "Hackathon" project at San Francisco International Airport

Mayor Hisamoto learning more about the “Hackathon” project at San Francisco International Airport

Seattle's Mayor Ed Murray and Mayor Hisamoto signing an agreement of exchange between Seattle and Kobe's aerospace and IT industries

Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray and Mayor Hisamoto signing an agreement of exchange between Seattle and Kobe’s aerospace and IT industries

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Mayor Hisamoto shake hands after signing the Letter of Intent for business exchange

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Mayor Hisamoto shake hands after signing the Letter of Intent for business exchange

Mayors Murray and Hisamoto after the signing of the Letter of Intent

Mayors Murray and Hisamoto after the signing the Letter of Intent at City Hall, Seattle, WA

Greetings from our New Director, Tetsuya Sometani

2015/05/21 News
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みなさん、こんにちは。

この度、神戸シアトルビジネスオフィスの所長に就任しました、染谷哲也です。どうぞよろしくお願いします。2015年4月1日、神戸市シアトル事務所は隣の部屋に移転し、兵庫県ワシントン州事務所と手を携えていくことになりました。写真の右は、河知所長です。

私にとって、シアトルは2度目になりますが、その間、20年以上の月日が流れ、シアトルの発展に驚いています。日本の経済がバブルといわれたころ、私はUnivertisy of Washington で経営学修士を取りました。そうです、私もHuskyなのです。
(UWのマスコットがハスキー犬であることから、UWの卒業生をHuskyと呼びます。)

20数年ぶりの米国生活に戸惑う事もありますが、力一杯がんばってまいりますので、皆さんよろしくお願いします。

染谷哲也

Dear All,

Welcome to our homepage. I am Tetsuya Sometani, the newly assigned Director for Kobe Trade Information Office (KTIO).

Seattle has been a very special place for me. More than 20 years ago, when Japan was in the midst of a bubble economy, I was a graduate student studying at the University of Washington, where I obtained an MBA. Yes, I am a husky! Time goes by quickly. I am amazed by so many changes and development since then.

On April 1st, KTIO moved and merged into the office of Hyogo Business & Cultural Center (HBCC).  I am looking forward to collaborating with HBCC to remain close and to grow our business together. (in the photo, shown right, HBCC’s new Director, Mr. Kawachi)

This year, the focus of KTIO will take a different direction to more business side rather than cultural exchange side.  It will be quite a challenge; however, I am thrilled for this opportunity and ready to start my new journey.

Being back here after 20 years of absence, I get bewildered in a long-forgotten environment.  Yet, I am so excited to be here to bring something valuable and meaningful for both city of Kobe and Seattle.  I will do my best and I appreciate all of your support.

Best regards,

Tetsuya Sometani

KTIO has moved!

2015/04/07 Events, News
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As of April 1st, 2015, Kobe Trade information Office has moved into the space of Hyogo Business and Cultural Center where is located to old suite. The director, Masao Kakiuchi, has returned to Kobe as of March 31st. A new director, Tetsuya Sometani, will be arriving in Seattle around the beginning of May. We look forward to your continued cooperation in the future.

神戸市シアトル事務所(Kobe Trade Information Office)が移転しました。

2015年4月1日に当事務所は隣接する兵庫県ワシントン州事務所(Hyogo Business and Cultural Center)内に移転しました。また、所長の垣内正雄は3月31日を以て神戸に帰任し、5月より新所長の染谷哲也が就任する予定です。今後とも神戸市シアトル事務所(Kobe Trade Information Office)をよろしくお願いいたします。

Kobe Beef Event at The Foundry on Monday, Feb 23

2015/02/27 Events, News, Sister City Related
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“Celebrate Washoku: KOBE BEEF” by Japan-America Society of the State of Washington was held at the Foundry in Seattle on Monday, February 23, where more than 100 people enjoyed Kobe beef, as well as Kobe’s Nada district’s sake and Kobe wine.

Chef John Howie of John Howie Steak gave a demonstration on how to properly prepare beef and Mr. Sam Takahashi, who is a food coordinator in Seattle area, gave a lecture on his experience about Tajima beef. Chef John Howie did a fantastic job of answering all the audience questions.

After the demonstration and dinner, the Seattle Kobe Jazz queen Leah Natale’s performance made all participants satisfied with both their full stomachs and hearts in a peaceful atmosphere.

Also, this event was made possible with huge cooperation from Mr. Shiro Kashiba of “Shiro’s Sushi“ and Mr. Tatsuya Nishino of “Nishino,” who have great reputations as Japanese chef in Seattle area.

We also had special representatives: Mr. Koshiba who is CEO of the Kobe Convention Visitor’s Association, Mr. Iwado from the City of Kobe, and Mr. Nosu from ItoHam USA. Consul General Omura from Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle gave us a fantastic speech.

Thank you for coming to the event, and thank you all of the sponsors and contributors.
This event could not have been a success without the dedication and hard work of people like you.
Thank you.

月曜日、ワシントン州日米協会主催による「Celebrate Washoku “KOBE BEEF”」が開催され、100名以上の方々が神戸ビーフ、灘五郷の日本酒、神戸ワインを楽しみました。

イベントでは「John Howie Steak」のジョン・ハウィ氏による神戸ビーフの調理法のデモンストレーションや、当地のフードコーディネーター、サム・高橋氏による和牛に関するレクチャーが開催され、多くの参加者から熱心な質問がありました。

また食後にはシアトル神戸ジャズクィーンが演奏を披露、和やかな雰囲気の中、参加者はお腹も心も満足しました。

このイベントにはジョン・ハウィ氏をはじめ「Shiro’s Sushi」の加柴司郎氏、「Nishino」の西野達也氏等のSuper Chefが協力してくださり、また在シアトル日本国総領事館から大村総領事が、神戸市から神戸市観光コンベンション協会小柴会長が、伊藤ハムアメリカからは野須一志が出席され、御挨拶をいただきました。

参加いただいた皆さん、そして関係者の皆さんどうもありがとうございました。

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