Jun Niimi, 55, is the newly appointed consul general of Japan in Los Angeles. He began his duties earlier this month.
His participation in the local Nikkei community began with Keiro Senior HealthCare’s 50th anniversary luncheon on Oct. 15 and the Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai Shinboku Engeikai (Japanese Prefectural Association of Southern California Charity Show) on Oct. 16.
A native of Kanagawa Prefecture, Niimi was born on Jan. 27, 1956 and graduated in 1979 from the Tokyo University Faculty of Law. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1979.
Prior to this appointment, he served as assistant vice minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His postings include deputy director general of the Trade Policy Bureau in the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (2008-2010); minister and permanent representative to the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in the Japanese Embassy in Thailand (2006-2008); minister at the Japanese Embassy in Russia (2003-2006); and director of the overseas establishments division of the Foreign Ministry (2001-2003).
Niimi succeeds Junichi Ihara, who was appointed chief of the Foreign Ministry’s North American Affairs Bureau on his return to Tokyo in September.