On June 12, 2017, the Japanese Consul General Ryuta Mizuuchi celebrated the 50th anniversary with a traditional tea ceremony in the garden of the Consulate General.
Numerous guests took this opportunity to look back on the long history of the partnership and cooperation between Japan and Germany. These close relationships have shaped the NRW location for many years: The number of Japanese companies in the state already rose steadily in the 1950s. As a result, more and more Japanese nationals came to the Rhineland. In 1965, the Japanese Consulate was opened in Düsseldorf and elevated to the status of Consulate General in 1967, emphasizing the importance of NRW as the central location for the Japanese community in Germany.
The Consulate General provides support for Japanese nationals and tourists in consular matters. It is responsible for over 12,000 people and around 600 Japanese companies. Projects for the promotion of business relations, exports and foreign direct investments are also on the agenda of the Consul General as well as the presentation of Japan as a holiday destination. A further central task is the mediation between Germany and Japan in the area of traditional Japanese culture, fashion and pop culture. The Consulate General works closely with the city of Düsseldorf, the state of NRW and the business community to promote exchange in the various areas.