Keynote Speaker

Consul General of Japan in LA

Mr. SONE, Kenko became Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles

in September of 2022, following an assignment as the Ministry of

Foreign Affairs’ Assistant Minister and Director-General for Cultural

Affairs. Since 1989, Sone’s diplomatic career has taken him to

Geneva, New Delhi, and now three locations in the United States

(beginning with Wesleyan University in Connecticut). Serving multiple

times in the sphere of economic affairs – in the context of

North America, the OECD, the international economy, and specifically

of the U.S. and India, as well as as Ambassador in charge of

Economic Diplomacy – Sone has also worked as Deputy Cabinet

Secretary for Public Affairs, Director of Global Communications in

the Prime Minister’s Office, and Deputy Director-General for Asian

and Oceanian affairs.