Japan Offices

The unrelenting focus on building cultural and business bridges by the Texas-Japan office has resulted in a rich interface between our citizens and a vibrant foreign direct investment exchange to the order of billions of dollars to the benefit of our community.


Holland Hills Mori Tower RoP, #602, 5-11-1, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0001, Japan

Tel: +81-3-5777-2524
Fax: +81-3-5777-2534


Tokyo Team

Hiroyuki Watanabe, Director of Texas Japan Office

Hiroyuki Watanabe, Director of Texas Japan Office

Hiroyuki Watanabe has served as Director of Texas Japan Office since June 2013.

Before his current position, he was Executive Assistant to the late Ms. Naoko Shirane. She served as the Senior Advisor to the State of Texas and Director of the State of Texas Japan Office from the mid-1980s to June 2013 when she passed away.

Mr. Watanabe has been in the Texas Japan Office for 20 years. He has worked to encourage investments in Texas by Japanese companies, and other activities for sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships between local communities in Texas and Japanese companies. His effort to maximize the public interest of Texas and to increase employment is evidenced by the establishment of production sites in Texas by Japanese companies. An example is the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Inc. which started its production of Tundra trucks in 2006 in San Antonio along with many Toyota suppliers.

Mr. Watanabe has worked for the promotion of people to people exchanges between Texas and Japan. Sister city relationship such San Antonio and Kumamoto is part of the foundation of mutual understanding. Mie Prefecture looked for various exchanges with San Antonio, and Aichi Prefecture has started to establish a strong relationship. He has been involved with activities with non-profits such as with “Up with People”, an international education organization, from 1996 to 2000.

Mr. Watanabe holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Keio University and LL.M. from the Graduate School of Law, Keio University. He is Vice President of non-profit educational organization Children, Life and Culture Association (CLCA), a Director of the international non-profit educational organization World Campus International, and was appointed Advisor for investment promotion by the Mayor of the City of Kumamoto.

Yoko Chida, Office Manager

Yoko Chida, Office Manager

Yoko Chida is the Office Manager at Texas Japan Office in Tokyo, focusing on the direct investment in Texas by Japanese companies.

She worked as a secretary at Dow Chemical Japan, QUICK Research Institute, and Foundation for Advanced Information and Research, Japan (FAIR). In 2002, she moved to Landenberg, Pennsylvania on her husband’s transfer. After returning to Japan, she worked as a librarian at Nerima Ward Library and joined Texas Japan Office in 2012.

Born in Hyogo Prefecture, graduated from Kobe College and earned a bachelor’s degree in English Linguistics. She and her husband have two sons.

Email: info@texasjapan.org
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