Japanese Consulate in Nashville?

Interesting news for Nashville today — potentially bad news for the battered city of New Orleans: the Japanese consulate is considering a move from New Orleans, where it has resided for 84 years, to Nashville:

NEW ORLEANS — Activists were scrambling Wednesday to try to prevent the Japanese Consulate, which has been in New Orleans since 1922, from leaving.

Although the move 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.

Neither New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin nor the City Council has been officially informed about the possible move because a decision has not been made, Kodo said.

2 Comments so far

  1. Don King (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 8:24 am

    Woohoo….better sushi restaurants.

  2. Gandalf Mantooth (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 12:18 pm

    There’s an argument to be made for the move. Direct flights to Narita (at least there used to be), the plants and factories here, long standing relationship with Vanderbilt’s business school (large number of students from Japan are enrolled, too).

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