Joseph M. Young became Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, U.S. Embassy Tokyo, on July 20, 2019. Mr. Young, a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Tokyo from 2017 to 2019.
Nicholas M. Hill
Deputy Chief of Mission
Before serving as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission from July 2019 to June 2020, he served as Minister Counselor for Economic and Science Affairs in Mission Tokyo.
Consul General – Sapporo
After joining the U.S. Department of State in 2004, Mr. Lee was assigned abroad to posts in Tokyo, Japan; Dakar, Senegal; Wuhan, China; and Bamako, Mali. Prior to coming to Sapporo, he also completed a one-year fellowship in the United States Senate as a Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Principal Officer – Nagoya
Mr. Gary Schaefer joined the State Department in 2005 following a career as a journalist. During his 16 years as a diplomat, he has been posted in Washington, Tokyo, Baghdad, Osaka and Warsaw.
Richard Mei, Jr.
Consul General – Osaka
A career public diplomacy (PD) officer, he has served in that capacity in Japan (three times), Burma, Bulgaria, Serbia, Kosovo, Kenya, Brazil, and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (Fulbright program). Besides living in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Fukuoka, he has travelled to all of Japan’s 47 prefectures.
John C. Taylor
Principal Officer – Fukuoka
John C. Taylor is the Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka, Japan. He previously served as the Public Affairs Officer in Sapporo from 2009-2012, and has also had assignments in Stockholm, Sweden, Surabaya, Indonesia, Washington, D.C., Kabul, Afghanistan, and Harare, Zimbabwe.
Consul General – Naha
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Robert was born in Delaware, grew up in Pennsylvania, and has family roots in Wisconsin and Oklahoma. Since joining the State Department in 2001, Robert has served overseas in Tokyo, Baghdad, Beijing, and Berlin, as well as the American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei.
President of the United States
President Biden represented Delaware for 36 years in the U.S. Senate before becoming the 47th Vice President of the United States.
Vice President of the United States
Kamala D. Harris is the Vice President of the United States of America. She was elected Vice President after a lifetime of public service, having been elected District Attorney of San Francisco, California Attorney General, and United States Senator.
Secretary of State
Antony J. Blinken is the 71st U.S. Secretary of State. He was nominated by President Biden on November 23, 2020; confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 26, 2021; and sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris the following day.