A welcome reception in honor of Jun Niimi, the new consul general of Japan in Los Angeles, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens, 120 S. Los Angeles St. in Little Tokyo. Registration at 6 p.m., program at 7 p.m.
Niimi, who has previously been assigned to England, Kenya, France Iran, Russia and Thailand as well as positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo, assumed his duties as consul general on Oct. 8 and has already attended some Japanese American community events.
The reception is co-hosted by the Japan America Society of Southern California, Japan Business Association of Southern California, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, Japanese Prefectural Association of Southern California, and U.S.-Japan Council.
The master of ceremonies will be Frank Buckley, co-anchor of the KTLA Morning News.