The Consulate General of Japan at Chicago serves the 10 Midwestern states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The main purposes of the Consulate are 1) to serve Japanese nationals, 2) to represent the Japanese government, and 3) to provide travel services and cultural information about Japan to non-Japanese residents within the 10-state jurisdiction. In the “About Us” portion of the website, you will find a Greeting from the Consul General, information on recent activities of the Consular staff, about how and when to best contact or visit the consulate, and a list of Americans currently serving as Honorary Consuls General within the 10-state jurisdiction.
The Consulate is comprised of different Sections that perform various tasks to fulfill its purposes. The General Affairs Section is in charge of Consular Services through processing visas, providing information on customs and immigration procedures, and assisting Japanese nationals as well as foreign nationals in general. The Economic Affairs Section is a part of General Affairs that specialize specifically in economic matters between Japan and the Midwest. The Japan Information Center is the cultural, educational, and public affairs division of the Consulate that partakes in various community outreach activities.