Ayako Tsuyada has worked for the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2015. Currently she holds the post of Consul at the Consulate of Japan in Seattle, leading the team responsible for the Consular Section. In addition to issuing passports and visas, her team is responsible for protecting the interest of Japanese nationals on a daily basis. Prior to joining foreign services, Ayako worked for the United Nations Development Program, and the International Criminal Police Organization in a number of duty stations including Cambodia, France and Thailand. As an analyst at INTERPOL, Ayako was assigned to work for INTERPOL’s Environmental Security Team on wildlife trafficking. Her responsibilities included the collection and management of nominal data from INTERPOL member countries, operational analysis, and drafting of intelligence reports. Ayako holds a Master’s degree in Criminology from the Edinburgh Law School. In addition to Japanese, she speaks English, French, and Thai. Ayako has really enjoyed living in the United States since 2018. She loves exploring unfamiliar cities, meeting new people, and watching musicals.