Joy M. Sakurai is the Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Fukuoka, Japan. Ms. Sakurai previously served in Jakarta on two occasions, Tokyo as Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer from 2010-2013, Islamabad, and Washington, D.C.
During her assignment in Tokyo, Ms. Sakurai developed the plan to put the dogwood trees from the Friendship Blossoms project in cities and towns with strong U.S.-Japan ties. She also designed the Tomodachi Met Life Women’s Leadership Program, a program to foster the next generation of female leaders in Japan.
Ms. Sakurai is Japanese-American and was born and raised in Wahiawa, Hawaii. She graduated from Lake Forest College with a B.A. in International Relations and studied in France and Japan. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Sakurai worked in Naha for two years as a Coordinator for International Relations for the Okinawa Prefectural Government. Her husband also is a diplomat, and they have two children. She speaks Indonesian, Japanese, and French.