Robert Koepcke is the Consul General of the United States to Naha, Okinawa, Japan.
A career member of the 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. He was Director for Japan and Asian Regional Economic Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House from 2012-13. Robert also worked closely with Japan during back-to-back APEC host years for Japan and the United States during 2010-11.
As a graduate student at the London School of Economics, Robert researched the Japanese economy in Osaka through a generous grant from the Japan Foundation. He also spent his time there practicing his karaoke technique. Before joining the State Department, Robert worked in the semiconductor industry.
After graduating from Boston University in 1993, he participated in the JET program in Aino-machi, Nagasaki-ken, where he taught English and ate way too much champon. Decades later, he still enjoys trying out a bit of Nagasaki dialect.
In addition to advancing peace through diplomacy, Robert’s abiding passion is music. An amateur jazz pianist and jazz historian, Robert has played with jazz groups in the United States, Tokyo, Beijing and Berlin. He has also studied the sanshin and hopes to find a way to combine Okinawan traditional music with American jazz.
Robert speaks Japanese, Chinese, German and Spanish. He and his wife Noriko have two children.