Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Japanese consulate might leave N.O.

By Leslie Williams

The office of the consulate general of Japan in New Orleans, which has been a physical reminder of the ties between the Crescent City and the Asian country since 1922, will become another post-Katrina loss if a grass-roots movement fails to block plans to move the office to Tennessee.

Although the plan has not been approved, Vice Consul Takeshi Kodo confirmed Tuesday that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has proposed moving the office out of New Orleans.

Nashville, Tenn., would likely become its new home, he said.

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