Ambassador Hagerty Speaks at the Japan National Press Club

Ambassador William F. Hagerty Japan National Press Club November 16, 2018 Thank you very much Sugita-san. It’s a great pleasure to be back here with you today. Managing Director Habu, minna-san: Konnichi-wa. It is my great pleasure to join all of you here for a second press conference here at the Japan National Press Club. ...
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Vice President Pence and the Second Lady Visit Japan for the Third Time

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence stopped in Japan on the first leg of their third trip to the region under the Trump administration. Vice President Pence met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Taro Aso, and other Japanese officials at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence. ...
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Vice President Pence Arrives in Japan

Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Japan on November 12 for critical meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet. The focus is on the common U.S.-Japan commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea. Ambassador Hagerty and his wife greeted the Vice President and Second Lady at Yokota Air Base. This ...
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Enjoy Halloween in the United States

On October 31, the ancient Celts held a festival to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the cold, dark time of the year. This is the origin of Halloween. Today, people celebrate Halloween not only by wearing scary costumes, but they also dress up as popular celebrities, historical figures, cartoon ...
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U.S. Regains Crown as Most Competitive Economy

The U.S. economy sits atop the World Economic Forum’s annual global competitiveness survey for the first time since the 2007-2009 financial crisis. In its closely-watched annual Global Competitiveness Report, the WEF praised the U.S. for its vibrant entrepreneurial culture as well as its strong labor market and financial system. Read more via Whitehouse.gov
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Celebrating American and Japanese Cinema at the Residence

Ambassador Bill Hagerty hosted a reception on October 24 to celebrate both American and Japanese cinema. With the start of the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival, prominent celebrities came out to pay tribute to the creativity, cross-border collaborations, and investments that drive the vibrant international film industry. Ambassador Charles Rivkin, chairman and CEO of the ...
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Robust U.S. Economy Beckons Foreign Firms

Foreign businesses invested a record $4 trillion in the United States in 2017. No other country attracts more foreign investment. Today the strong U.S. economy is giving companies even more reason to come and sell more products in what is by far the world’s largest consumer market. At the recent SelectUSA investment summit, Secretary of ...
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Secretary Pompeo Meets with Japanese Leaders in Tokyo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Tokyo on October 6 to discuss the next steps on DPRK engagement. They reaffirmed their mutual commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK, and agreed that pressure must continue until the DPRK denuclearizes. Both sides ...
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United States Olympic Committee Releases Video from Team USA Celebrating Japan’s National Health and Sports Day

October 7, 2018 The United States Olympic Committee has released a video from Team USA athletes currently training at the U.S. Olympics Training Center in Colorado. The one-minute video features Team USA’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes saying words of encouragement in Japanese for Japanese youth ahead of Health and Sports Day on October 8. The ...
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Weather Alert – U.S. Consulate General Naha October 4, 2018

Location: Okinawa Prefecture (October 4-5, 2018) Event: Typhoon Kong-Rey is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Okinawa Prefecture beginning early Thursday, October 4, 2018, and continuing through late Friday, October 5, 2018. Based on current tracking, the storm may also cause weather disruptions throughout ...
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Secretary Pompeo to Visit the Region after Successful UN Talks

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Tokyo, Pyongyang, Seoul, and Beijing October 6-8. This visit comes as a follow-up after Secretary Pompeo chaired a United Nations Security Council meeting on nonproliferation and the DPRK, in conjunction with the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. Trip announcement Secretary Pompeo Chairs UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea
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U.S. and Japanese Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Medicine

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2018 was awarded jointly to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation. Ambassador Hagerty tweeted his congratulations to the American and Japanese scientists saying, “Congrats to both James Allison and Tasuku Honjo on your Nobel Prize! ...
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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo September 27, 2018

Location: Okinawa Prefecture (September 28-29, 2018), continuing through Kyushu, Honshu, and Hokkaido (September 29 – October 1). Event: Typhoon Trami (Typhoon No. 24) is expected to affect areas of Okinawa Prefecture and Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture beginning early Friday, September 28 through late Saturday, September 29. The storm is then expected to track ...
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President Trump and Prime Minister Abe Meet in New York

At their September 26 meeting, President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe affirmed the importance of the strong, stable, and mutually beneficial trade and economic relationship between the U.S. and Japan. The President reiterated the importance of reciprocal trade, as well as reducing the trade deficit with Japan and other countries. Joint Statement of the United States and Japan Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting
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Diversity Visa Program (DV-2020): Online Registration

Online registration period for the DV-2020 Program begins on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday November 6, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-4). Individuals who submit more than one entry during the registration period will be disqualified. For detailed instructions for DV-2020, ...
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New Requirements for Visa Status Inquiries

Effective September 21, 2018, the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Japan will only answer status inquiries concerning pending Non-Immigrant and Immigrant visa applications if: You have attended an interview, AND 10 business days have passed since the interview day, or You applied for a visa by mail, AND 10 business days have passed since the ...
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Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun Visits the Region

Newly appointed U.S. special representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun is making his first diplomatic trip abroad to the capitals of South Korea, China and Japan. In the September 10–15 trip, Biegun will meet with his counterparts and continue diplomatic efforts to achieve the “final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea” that Chairman Kim Jong ...
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Alert: Hokkaido Earthquake Update, September 7, 2018

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Hokkaido at approximately 3:08 am Japan Standard Time (JST) on September 6, 2018. No tsunami warning was issued. The region continues to experience aftershocks and landslides, which may continue over the coming week. Information on affected areas is available in English from the Japan Meteorological Agency. U.S. citizens in ...
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Alert: Hokkaido Earthquake September 6, 2018

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Hokkaido at approximately 3:08 am Japan Standard Time (JST). Train lines in the area are currently suspended, and all flights at Chitose International Airport have been canceled. No tsunami warning has been issued. The region continues to experience aftershocks and landslides, which may continue over the coming week. U.S. citizens ...
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New State Department Senior Adviser is a Scholar, Author

On swearing in Kiron Skinner as the new State Department Director of Policy Planning, Secretary Pompeo said her international relations expertise will allow her to provide independent and strategic views on long-term policy formulation. Secretary Pompeo tweeted that it is “A true pleasure to swear in Kiron Skinner as our 30th director of Policy Planning ...
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Alert: Typhoon Jebi (Typhoon No. 21) Temporary Closure Message of U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe, Japan

Please note that the U.S. Consulate General in Osaka-Kobe will be temporarily closed on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, due to Typhoon Jebi (Typhoon Number 21), which is forecast to hit the Kansai region around 12:00 p.m. that day. Typhoon Jebi (Typhoon Number 21) is expected to make landfall near Tokushima and Wakayama prefectures the afternoon of Tuesday, September 4, as a ...
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Embassy to Host “America EXPO 2018” with U.S. Universities on September 8

U.S. Embassy Tokyo will host its annual “America EXPO” college fair on September 8, 2018 at Ochanomizu Sola City Conference Center in Ochanomizu, Tokyo. Representatives from over 90 U.S. universities and colleges will attend, and the EXPO will feature 16 different seminars. The event is free of charge and open to students, parents, ...
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The World Celebrates NASA Pioneer Katherine Johnson on her 100th Birthday

Katherine Johnson, a trailblazing mathematician whose calculations were instrumental in every major NASA spaceflight program, celebrated her 100th birthday on August 26. One of her colleagues at NASA said, “It’s an important story – how she empowered women of all races. And she encouraged kids to learn. She influenced culture here at NASA, but also ...
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Alert: Typhoon Cimaron (Typhoon No. 20) August 22, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Cimaron (Typhoon Number 20) is expected to make landfall near Shikoku the afternoon of August 23, 2018, and then move on to affect other areas of western Japan, including the Kinki, Chugoku, Tokai, and Hokuriku regions. It is then anticipated to arrive in the Tohoku ...
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Eighty International Young Women Gather for Women’s Leadership Conference

This summer, the State Department gathered 80 exceptional young women from 21 different countries for the Women Embracing Leadership and Service Conference. Designed to promote the exchange of ideas on women’s issues across the globe, the conference was the kick-off event for the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership. ...
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Ambassador Hagerty’s Statement on the Passing of Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga

I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Governor Onaga, his government colleagues, and the people of Okinawa. We are grateful for Governor Onaga’s contributions to our relationship with Japan, and we deeply value our work with him on issues of importance to the people of Okinawa over the years. He ...
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Secretary Pompeo Reaffirms U.S. Dedication to ASEAN and Regional Allies

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Singapore August 3-4 to participate in the annual ASEAN-centered ministerial meetings in support of the United States’ vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific. On the margins of the ASEAN Ministerial meetings, the Secretary also held bilateral meetings, including with Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono. Read more via the DipNote blog
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Secretary Pompeo Addresses the Indo-Pacific Business Forum

Speaking at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington on July 30, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Indo-Pacific is one of the greatest engines of the future global economy, and America will remain involved in the region. He said, “Our Indo-Pacific vision excludes no nation. We seek to work with anyone to promote ...
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Alert: Typhoon Jongdari (Typhoon No. 12) — July 27, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Jongdari (Typhoon No. 12) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding and landslides to Southern Honshu and to the Kinki, Shikoku, Chugoku and Kyushu regions of Japan.  Jongdari is forecast to pass by the Ogasawara Archipelago (also ...
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Statement by Ambassador Hagerty on U.S. Contribution to Relief Efforts in Western Japan

July 13, 2018 In my capacity as the Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan and in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development, I am authorizing International Disaster Assistance funds of USD100,000 be released to Japan to aid in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief activities for the people and communities of ...
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Alert: Super Typhoon Maria (Typhoon No. 8) – July 9, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Super Typhoon Maria (Typhoon No. 8) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to Southern and Western Okinawa Prefecture. Maria is forecast to make landfall near the Sakishima Islands, including Miyako, Ishigaki, Iriomote and Yonaguni Islands in Okinawa ...
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Secretary of State Pompeo Visits Japan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Tokyo July 7-8 to meet with Prime Minister Abe and participate in trilateral discussions with Foreign Minister Taro Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. They discussed the shared commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK, as well as other bilateral and regional issues. Secretary ...
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Alert: Typhoon Prapiroon Update – July 2, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Prapiroon (Typhoon No. 7) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Kyushu beginning late Monday, July 2, and continuing through Tuesday, July 3. In conjunction with this storm, the Japan Meteorological Agency may issue ...
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Alert: Typhoon Prapiroon June 29, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Prapiroon (Typhoon No. 7) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Okinawa Prefecture and Amami Islands in southern Kagoshima Prefecture beginning early Saturday, June 30, and continuing through late Sunday, July 1. The storm ...
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State Department Releases 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “This year’s TIP Report highlights the critical work of local communities to stop traffickers and provide support to victims. Human trafficking is a global problem, but it’s a local one too.” At a special ceremony in Washington, Secretary Pompeo and Ivanka Trump honored this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) ...
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Alert: Hurricane and Typhoon Season – June 27, 2018

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2018, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those ...
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SelectUSA Investment Summit Brings Global Investors to Washington

The SelectUSA Investment Summit, hosted annually by the Department of Commerce, is the highest-profile event facilitating foreign direct investment into the United States. The 2018 Summit will attract over 3,000 attendees from over 60 foreign markets and 50 U.S. states and territories. Participants at the first four Investment Summits have announced nearly $93 billion in ...
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Alert: Osaka Earthquake – June 18, 2018

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Osaka at approximately 8:00 am JST. There have been three confirmed deaths, and reports of more than 50 other casualties. Train lines in the area are currently suspended. No tsunami warning has been issued. The weather agency has issued a warning against landslides, adding that people should be cautious about ...
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President Trump Hosts Prime Minister Abe in Washington

President Donald Trump held bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Washington last week to discuss issues of common concern including the upcoming summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. Ambassador Bill Hagerty also traveled to Washington in support of the summit meeting. The Ambassador met with Secretary of ...
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June is LGBTI Pride Month!

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement saying that the United States reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. The statement said in part: “LGBTI persons – like all persons – must be free to enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression, ...
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Ambassador William “Bill” Hagerty Launches “Go for Gold”

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty attended Sports Day event at Sugekari Elementary School, Meguro, Tokyo, with his family and Tokyo Governor Koike. At the event, Ambassador Hagerty kicked off the Embassy’s signature Olympics-related school outreach initiative, the “Go for Gold” campaign, in conjunction with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Board ...
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“Go for Gold” Campaign Reaches Out to Students

The Embassy has launched its “Go for Gold” campaign in conjunction with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Board of Education as part of the Olympic/Paralympic education program called the “Global Friendship Project.” The Embassy will engage up to 240 public schools and approximately 150,000 students through 2020. “Go for Gold” is an opportunity for schools and ...
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Ambassador Hagerty Talks Trade at Annual CEO Council

Appearing on stage May 15 at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, Ambassador Bill Hagerty said Japan and the U.S. are moving rapidly toward a bilateral trade agreement. The Ambassador pointed out that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has been meeting with Japan’s Minister for Economic Revitalization Toshimitsu Motegi and that they are making great ...
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State Department Releases Annual Human Rights Report

The 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices document the status of human rights and worker rights in nearly 200 countries and territories around the world. Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan said, “Now in their 42nd year, these reports are a natural outgrowth of our values as Americans. The founding documents of our country ...
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Celebrate Earth Day – April 22

On April 22, we observe the 48th annual Earth Day. This Earth Day, we highlight the importance of both environmentally sound waste management and the prevention and reduction of marine debris, which is mostly comprised of plastic waste. The United States is working internationally to encourage innovation in the waste sector, to spur new infrastructure ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s Summit Meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

On April 17-18 at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held their sixth meeting, and third major summit, and affirmed their strong determination to strengthen our shared resolve on North Korea, and increase the capability of the U.S.-Japan Alliance to confront all emerging threats to peace, stability, and an international order ...
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President Trump and Prime Minister Abe Meet in Mar-a-Lago, Florida

Meeting with Prime Minster Shinzo Abe at the Mar-a-Lago retreat for two days of talks, President Trump said the United States and Japan are “very unified on the subject of North Korea.” Press Release: Working Together to Strengthen the U.S.-Japan Alliance Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe before their bilateral meeting
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Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in April!

Jazz Appreciation Month was created at the National Museum of American History in 2002 to celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April. “There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ensemble: individual freedom but with responsibility to the group,” a primer from the Thelonious Monk Institute ...
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U.S. Embassy Tokyo Releases Video Explaining to Travelers How to Access the Official Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

All travelers from Visa Waiver Countries, which includes Japan, who are travelling to the United States without a visa for temporary business or pleasure under 90 days are required to apply for Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The Embassy has released, via its website and social media, a step-by-step instruction on how to apply ...
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Strengthening International Ties at the Old Ball Game

The baseball season has just begun in both Japan and the United States. Ambassador Bill Hagerty enjoyed opening day at the Tokyo Dome together with Prime Minister Abe and other dignitaries on March 27. Baseball is a time-honored tradition and a great way to make new friends from around the world. The State Department’s DipNote ...
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Easter Traditions in America

This year on Sunday, April 1, many Americans will celebrate Easter – the oldest and most important holy day of the Christian calendar. Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christians believe Jesus was raised from the dead three days after his crucifixion almost 2,000 years ago. Some churches hold vigils the night before Easter ...
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Meet the 2018 International #WomenofCourage

The 2018 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award recipients have been announced. These 10 women will be honored during a March 23 ceremony hosted by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, featuring remarks by First Lady Melania Trump. First established in 2007, the annual Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award honors ...
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Ambassador William “Bill” Hagerty IV Remarks to Workers During Visit to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

March 16, 2018 On Friday, March 16, 2018, U.S. Ambassador to Japan William F. Hagerty visited the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant for the first time, to learn about what happened at the plant in the immediate aftermath of the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, and see the progress that has been made over the last ...
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Honoring Women on International Women’s Day

March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is International Women’s Day. Throughout this month, we are paying tribute to remarkable women who have overcome enormous barriers to make invaluable contributions to society, both in the United States and Japan. Ambassdaor Hagerty’s video message for Women’s History Month Video: #PressForProgress on International Women’s Day 2018 International Women’s Day 2018
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Winter Travels in Japan for Ambassador Hagerty and Family

Throughout the season, Ambassador Hagerty and his family have visited many parts of Japan. So far in 2018, they have visited a tourist favorite, Kanazawa, in Ishikawa Prefecture, the historic Shirakawa in Gifu Prefecture, snowy Hokkaido, and Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture. The Hagertys have also visited places close to home, like the Toyo Bunko Museum ...
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Winter Olympics Wrap Up with Raucous Closing Ceremony

Fireworks exploded over the Olympic Stadium on Feb. 25, during the closing ceremony, marking the end of a successful 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump attended the closing ceremony and later tweeted: “Thank you to President Moon, First Lady Kim & the people of South Korea for the warm hospitality ...
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Best Photos Daily from the Pyeongchang Olympics

ShareAmerica is featuring new photos each day from the 2018 Winter Olympics. Keep checking daily as the gallery grows. See American teenager Chloe Kim taking gold in the women’s halfpipe. And on February 12, Mirai Nagasu made history as only the third woman to land a triple axel at an Olympic skating competition. ShareAmerica gallery Free 2018 Winter Olympics poster of Chloe Kim PyeongChang Games: A Beacon for Universal Access to Sports
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Vice President Pence Wraps Up Productive Trip to Japan

On Thursday, Vice President Pence wrapped up a productive trip to Japan by speaking to U.S. Forces Japan service members serving at Yokota Air Base. He thanked them for everything they do to keep Japan and the United States safe. The Vice President is now headed to #PyeongChang to cheer on #TeamUSA. •  Video of Vice President Pence at Yokota Air Base ...
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Vice President Pence Visits Japan

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence arrived in Japan last night for their second trip to the region under the Trump administration. Today, Vice President Pence visited the Ministry of Defense to observe Japan’s missile defense facilities and receive a briefing from ministry officials. In a joint press conference after the meeting, ...
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Recognizing African American Contributions to U.S. Diplomatic History

In observance of Black History Month in February, we’re highlighting African-American individuals who dedicated their lives to public service and broke barriers to accomplish U.S. diplomatic history. President Donald Trump wrote, “This February, we celebrate National African American History Month to honor the significant contributions African Americans have made to our great Nation – contributions ...
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Vice President Pence Begins his Trip to Japan & South Korea

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will lead the Presidential Delegation to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and attend the Opening Ceremony on February 9, 2018. The Vice President will also visit Tokyo Feb. 6-8 to participate in bilateral meetings with leaders to discuss security and stability on the Korean ...
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President Trump’s State of the Union Address

President Donald J. Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address at the United States Capitol on January 30. In his remarks, President Trump outlined the accomplishments of his first year and cast an inspiring vision for building a safe, strong, and proud America. During the speech, President Trump addressed several foreign policy objectives, ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

January 31, 2018 Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by ...
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Black History Month: Remembering a Top Aide of Martin Luther King Jr.

Wyatt Tee Walker, who died January 23 at age 88, stood beside Martin Luther King Jr., literally — at protests and marches for racial equality — and figuratively, as the driving organizational force of King’s civil rights work. Walker played a pivotal role in ensuring the world saw King’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” one ...
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President Trump to Davos: “America Is Open for Business”

President Trump had one important reason for becoming the first sitting U.S. commander-in-chief to attend Davos in nearly 20 years. He wanted to deliver world leaders a message: A prosperous America benefits the world, and fair economic competition is essential to that prosperity. He also made his pitch for investing in the American economy. “There ...
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U.S. Olympian hits her stride

Twelve years after immigrating to the United States from Ghana, Maame Biney has become the first African-American woman to win a spot on the U.S. Olympic speedskating team, headed for PyeongChang in February. At 17, she’s the youngest speedskater on the U.S. team. Still, the accomplished high schooler – who wants to become a chemical ...
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Strengthening U.S. Partnerships in the Indo-Pacific for a More Secure and Prosperous Future

The United States continues to work tirelessly with our East Asian and Pacific allies and partners to strengthen cooperation and foster new relationships to address security threats and increase U.S. economic opportunities. And 2017 was a crucial year for U.S. engagement with the Indo-Pacific. Here is Acting Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton’s perspective in her latest ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

January 5, 2018 On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of ...
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American View Interviews Ambassador Hagerty

The Embassy’s online magazine “American View” sat down with Ambassador Bill Hagerty at his residence to discuss his very busy first months as U.S. Ambassador to Japan, including his visits to Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Naha, Fukuoka, and Sendai. Ambassador Hagerty also talks about hosting visits by high-level U.S. officials such as President Trump, Secretary of ...
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Secretary Tillerson in the New York Times: “I Am Proud of Our Diplomacy”

On December 27, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson published an editorial in The New York Times outlining the challenges and accomplishments of the past year. Secretary Tillerson wrote, “I am proud of what our State Department and Agency for International Development teams around the world have accomplished this year, and our progress will continue in ...
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A New National Security Strategy for a New Era

The publication of the National Security Strategy (NSS) is a milestone for any presidency. A statutorily mandated document, the NSS explains to the American people, U.S. allies and partners, and federal agencies how the President intends to put his national security vision into practice on behalf of fellow citizens. First and foremost, President Donald J. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest Outside Fukuoka American Center

Japanese authorities have informed us of planned protests against the United States’ recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, at the following times and locations: Friday, December 15th, 1500 hours to 1700 hours, U.S. Embassy Tokyo Sunday, December 17th, from 1030 hours to 1300, various spots around Tenjin (near the Fukuoka American Center) ...
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Secretary Tillerson Addresses Foreign Policy Challenges at the Atlantic Council Forum

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke on “Meeting the Foreign Policy Challenges of 2017 and Beyond” at the 2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum on Dec. 12 in Washington, DC. Reflecting on the past 11 months, Secretary Tillerson outlined many of President Trump’s foreign policy priorities around the world. Secretary Tillerson concluded by saying, “This is ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest Outside U.S. Embassy on Friday, Dec. 15

Japanese authorities have informed the U.S. Embassy that on Friday, December 15th, from 1500 hours to 1700 hours, approximately 300 demonstrators plan to protest the United States’ recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The protest is expected to be held approximately 200 meters north of the Embassy’s main gate (near Sotobori-Dori). Although ...
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Supporting the TOMODACHI Initiative for Partnership and Progress

Ambassador Bill Hagerty hosted a reception on Dec. 5 at his residence to celebrate the partnership and progress of the TOMODACHI Initiative, with approximately 140 guests including TOMODACHI donors, supporters, and alumni. The Ambassador underscored the important role donors play in bilateral exchanges that strengthen the Alliance. He welcomed former Ambassador to Japan John Roos, ...
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Ambassador Hagerty Visits Sendai

Ambassador Bill Hagerty visited Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture on Dec 7. He observed the Yama Sakura exercise, an annual command post exercise by the U.S. Military and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. Then, after meeting with regional business leaders, Ambassador Hagerty visited the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry’s Tohoku Disaster Management Center to receive a ...
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Worldwide Caution – Dec. 6, 2017

December 6, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide ...
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Promoting Studying Abroad in the U.S. at Tokyo Comic Con!

The Embassy sponsored a booth at this year’s Tokyo Comic Con Dec. 1-3 at Makuhari Messe, celebrating pop culture and promoting study in the USA. Visitors to our booth got photos with our Embassy mascot, Tom the bean, along with various other celebrities. They also had the chance to try out a virtual reality experience ...
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Japanese Woodblock Prints Online – and Free

The U.S. Library of Congress recently made available a collection of more than 2,500 stunning woodblock prints by some of Japan’s most revered artists. The works from the “Fine Prints: Japanese, pre-1915” collection are now available online and free to anyone who wants to download them. Read more via American View Visit the Library of Congress collection
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Global Entrepreneurship Summit Opens in India

The U.S. and India are co-hosting the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad Nov. 28-30. This year’s Summit highlights the theme of “Women First, Prosperity for All.” Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump delivered keynote remarks and also met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In her remarks at the Summit, Ivanka Trump said, ...
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Secretary of State Tillerson on the Latest DPRK Missile Launch

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 28, 2017 The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of what is likely an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, indiscriminately threatening its neighbors, the region and global stability. The D.P.R.K.’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver ...
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President Trump Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey

Following presidential tradition, President Trump ceremonially “pardoned” a turkey in honor of Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday. The President celebrated the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation and wished everyone a safe and healthy holiday. This year’s National Thanksgiving Turkey was named Drumstick and his alternate was Wishbone. They will join last year’s turkeys at ...
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U.S. Designates North Korea as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

President Trump declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism and said the U.S. will levy the largest sanctions ever against North Korea. “This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons, and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime” of Kim Jong-un, the president said at ...
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President Trump Attends APEC Summit in Vietnam

President Donald J. Trump participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam November 10-11. In his speech at the APEC CEO summit, President Trump said, “Today, I am here to offer a renewed partnership with America to work together to strengthen the bonds of friendship and commerce between all of the nations of ...
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Day 2 of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to Japan

On the second day of their trip to Japan, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were received by their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan and met with family members of Japanese nationals who were abducted by the North Korean regime. President Trump also held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Shinzo ...
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President Trump Speaks to U.S. and Japanese Business Leaders

President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met with a group of American and Japanese business leaders at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Tokyo on Nov. 6. President Trump reaffirmed the strong economic ties between the United States and Japan. Remarks by President Trump to U.S. and Japanese Business Leaders – White House
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Day 1 of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to Japan

On the first day of their first official visit to Japan, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greeted American and Japanese service members and thanked them for their contributions to regional security. President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe enjoyed their shared love of golf, while Mrs. Trump spent time with Mrs. ...
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President Trump Arrives in Japan, Addresses Troops at Yokota Air Base

President Donald Trump addressed U.S. and Japanese troops at the Yokota Air Base outside Tokyo on Nov. 5 just after his arrival in Japan on the first leg of his five-nation trip to Asia. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) Remarks by President Trump to Servicemembers at Yokota Air Base – White House President Trump and the First Lady Participate in a Yokota Air Base Troop Event – YouTube More information on the President’s trip to Asia
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Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump delivered remarks and participated in the Fourth WAW

Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump delivered remarks and participated in the Fourth World Assembly for Women (WAW), the Japanese Government’s signature event promoting women’s empowerment in Tokyo on November 3. Ms. Trump shared her experience and underscored the importance of entrepreneurship and women in the workplace to a packed crowd.
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In Washington, Bonsai Trees Express U.S.-Japan Ties

In 1976, as Americans celebrated their bicentennial, Japan gave the United States a birthday present: 53 masterpiece bonsai trees. The bonsai trees were taken to the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington. This year the National Arboretum held a special exhibition, “The Bonsai Saga: How 53 Japanese Bonsai Came to America,” featuring archival images and film ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Typhoon Saola October 27, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Saola (Typhoon No. 22) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Okinawa Prefecture and Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture beginning early Saturday, October 28, and continuing through late Sunday, October 29. The storm ...
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Celebrating United Nations Day

Each year on October 24, the international community celebrates United Nations Day to mark the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the U.N. charter. President Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation recognizing the more than seven decades of contributions the U.N. has made to peace and security among nations. Presidential Proclamation More via the State Dept. “DipNote” blog
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Lan October 20, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Lan (currently situated east of the Philippines), could strengthen between Friday and Saturday as it passes east of the Philippines and Taiwan and may impact Japan this weekend.  The official forecast from the  Joint Typhoon Warning Center  is that Typhoon Lan could reach super typhoon intensity by Friday — meaning its top winds will reach ...
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DV-2019 Program: Online Registration

The revised online registration period for the DV-2019 Program begins on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-4). All entries made prior to 12:00 noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4) Wednesday, October 18, 2017, will ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on President Trump’s Upcoming Travel to Japan

As was announced on September 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii, from November 3-14, 2017. This update provides further details about the President’s itinerary. The President’s travel will underscore his commitment to longstanding United States alliances and partnerships, and reaffirm United ...
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Joint Press Release from Vice President Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Aso on the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue

At the second round of the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue, Vice President Pence and Deputy Prime Minister Aso, as Chairs of the Economic Dialogue, affirmed the importance of strengthening bilateral economic, trade, and investment ties. Fostering strong domestic demand-driven growth and fair trade practices can expand trade and foreign direct investment between our two countries that ...
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Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan’s Travel to Tokyo and Seoul

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Tokyo and Seoul for a Deputies-level trilateral meeting hosted by the Republic of Korea on October 18. The trilateral meeting will focus on strategic coordination related to the urgent threat from DPRK’s advancing nuclear weapons program and include discussion on regional and global areas of ...
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Secretary Tillerson Addresses Global Health Challenges at Grand Challenges Annual Meeting

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave keynote remarks at the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting on October 4 in Washington, D.C. Secretary Tillerson highlighted such programs as the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). Summary on DipNote Full text of Secretary Tillerson’s remarks Grand Challenges ...
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Ambassador Hagerty Visits the Kansai Region

Ambassador Hagerty’s visit to Osaka highlighted America’s strong economic relations with Kansai. After meeting Osaka Governor Matsui and Osaka Mayor Yoshimura and reaffirming the importance of U.S.-Japan relations, he met with key business and industry leaders in Osaka to discuss the breadth and depth of the U.S.-Japan economic relationship and ways in which our two ...
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President Trump Meets Prime Minister Abe in New York

The leaders held meetings on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on September 21 to discuss issues of mutual concern including enhanced sanctions on North Korea. President Trump and Prime Minister Abe also met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. President Trump said, “We have had numerous discussions already today, and this is ...
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Ambassador Hagerty’s Statement on the September 15 North Korea Missile Launch

The United States stands with Japan in strongly condemning this latest provocation by North Korea. Our alliance with Japan is stronger than it has ever been and our commitment to Japan’s defense remains rock solid. Threatening and destabilizing actions such as today’s launch only increase the North Korean regime’s international isolation.
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Talim (No. 18) Update

September 15, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Talim (Typhoon Number 18) has shifted direction to the northeast and is expected to make landfall over southern Kyushu sometime overnight from September 16 to early September 17, 2017, and then continue over Kyushu, western Honshu and Hokkaido over the following days ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Talim (No. 18)

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Talim (Typhoon Number 18) is expected to make landfall in Okinawa Prefecture near the Sakishima islands, which include Miyako, Ishigaki, Iriomote and Yonaguni Islands, during the early morning of September 13, 2017, and then move toward Taiwan and mainland China. 
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U.S. Embassy Tokyo Hosted its Annual “America EXPO” College Fair

U.S. Embassy Tokyo hosted its annual “America EXPO” college fair on September 9 at Ochanomizu Sola City Conference Center.  A record 93 U.S. higher education institutions participated in the event.  Approximately 1,800 students participated in 15 separate seminars on study in the U.S., covering a range of topics including scholarships, and employment opportunities after studying in the United States, ...
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Ambassador Hagerty Visits USS Ronald Reagan

Ambassador Hagerty visited the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on September 6.  He met with senior leaders from Ronald Reagan and Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70.   “It was an honor to visit America’s Flagship,” said Hagerty. “I’m inspired by the professionalism of our Sailors and impressed with the work they do ...
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FEMA: Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Texas was hit hard by Tropical Storm Harvey on August 25. The compassion and generosity of the people is never more evident than during and after a disaster. It is individuals, non-profits, faith- and community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies working together that will most effectively and efficiently help survivors cope with the impacts ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Emergency Preparedness

August 31, 2017 Mid-way through the 2017 Typhoon season and ahead of September National Preparedness Month in Japan, the U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens living and traveling in Japan of the importance of staying connected and having access to the latest local emergency information. The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo encourages U.S. citizens ...
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Readout of Secretary Price’s Meetings in Japan

On Friday, August 25, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., visited Tokyo, Japan on the final stop of a three-nation tour of Asia in support of President Donald Trump’s commitment to global health security. In the morning, Secretary Price toured the Shintomi Nursing Care Center where health personnel demonstrated state-of-the-art technology that is ...
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Embassy Hosts “America EXPO 2017” with U.S. Universities on 9/9 Saturday

U.S. Embassy Tokyo will host its annual “America EXPO” college fair on September 9, 2017 at Ochanomizu Sola City Conference Center in Ochanomizu,  Tokyo.  There will be representatives from 90 U.S. universities and colleges, and 15 seminars at the EXPO. The event is free of charge and open to students, parents, and anyone interested in ...
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U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee Meets in Washington

“The United States and Japan will continue our shared resolve to protect our citizens and work for security and stability in northeast Asia. Our conversations today reaffirmed that we are stronger and more secure when we work together, and we will continue that course of action.” – Secretary Tillerson. Remarks at the 2+2 Press ...
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Readout of President Trump’s Telephone Call with Prime Minister Abe

August 15, 2017 President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. The two leaders exchanged views on the growing threat from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including the DPRK’s most recent threats to United States and Japanese territory. President Trump reaffirmed that the United States stands ready to ...
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Consular Services in Yamaguchi on September 7 and 8

The Consulate in Fukuoka will be making a consular services visit to Iwakuni City and Yamaguchi City. A Consul and staff member will be available to accept applications for U.S. passports and birth registrations, perform notary services, and assist with other consular matters. Please note that all services are by appointment only. Please contact the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Noru (No. 5)

August 4, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Noru (Typhoon Number 5) is expected to make landfall near Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture during the morning of August 5, 2017, and then move on to affect Kyushu and possibly other parts of Japan.  In conjunction with this storm, the ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Robert Rapson to Represent the United States of America at the August 6, 2017, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Chargé d’Affaires Robert Rapson will represent the United States of America at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 6, 2017. August 6 and August 9 remain days for somber reflection on the tragedy of human conflict and for a renewed commitment to building a more peaceful world.
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Notice to Visa Waiver Program Travelers Traveling to America This Summer – ESTA Application

For those of you who plan to go to U.S. this summer, have you applied for ESTA? Watch out for fake ESTA application sites charging an additional fee. The official ESTA website is:  https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ Application fee for ESTA is $14. For detailed information and Frequently Asked Questions regarding the ESTA application process, please visit “ ESTA Information ” on ...
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American View – Online Magazine

“American View” is the official magazine of the Embassy of the United States in Tokyo. American View was established in 2006 as a way for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Japan to communicate with the Japanese public. We aim to provide a “view” of American culture and society, and also look at issues and ...
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Celebrating U.S. Independence Day in Tokyo

Chargé d’Affaires Jason Hyland hosted around 1,000 guests who enjoyed the U.S. Embassy’s annual Independence Day reception on the evening of July 6 with lots of food and fun, along with lively musical performances. Disney characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were on hand to greet the visitors and pose for photos. See more on ...
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Largest Japan Delegation Participated in 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit

128 Delegation Members from 85 Organizations Joined Global Business Leaders and U.S. Government Officials at Top Investment Event The Department of Commerce concluded its fourth SelectUSA Investment Summit , June 18-20 in Washington, D.C., setting records for total registrations and participating international business representatives. The Japan delegation consisted of 128 delegates from 85 organizations representing a variety of industries across ...
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The 4th of July – America’s Birthday Party

It’s a birthday party for everyone, young and old. It takes place at fairgrounds and parks, on beaches and streets, and in people’s backyards. It’s the Fourth of July – Independence Day – the birthday of the United States of America. On July 3, 1776, anticipating the Continental Congress adopting the Declaration of Independence, John ...
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Visiting the Kansai Region with Chargé d’Affaires Hyland – Day 2

Chargé d’Affaires Jason P. Hyland visited the Kansai region June 28-29. His second day began with a visit to the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), which supports international and interdisciplinary research on Japanese culture by scholars around the world. He saw some of their rare collection of books and scrolls in their impressive ...
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Visiting the Kansai Region with Chargé d’Affaires Hyland

Chargé d’Affaires Jason P. Hyland is visiting the Kansai region June 28-29. On day one, he enjoyed a tour of Byodo-in temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with the temple’s Chief Priest Monsho Kamii. During the tour, CDA Hyland learned about the 11th century architecture and garden, and about the recent restoration of the majestic ...
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Security Message: Safe Night in Tokyo

June 30, 2017 As peak travel season approaches, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo is offering the following security tips to help visitors stay safe while enjoying Tokyo’s world-famous nightlife. The general crime rate in Japan is well below the U.S. national average, and Tokyo, like all of Japan, is generally a safe place for visitors. ...
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Student Visa Day at the Embassy!

The Embassy hosted a Student Visa Day on June 28 for some 50 Japanese students eager to study abroad in the United States. After their visa interviews, the students took a trivia quiz about American university life. Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Margot Carrington spoke to the group and emphasized the value of studying abroad. Several ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report Highlights Criminal Prosecution

At the launch of the State Department’s latest Trafficking in Persons report, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: “Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national ...
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Fulbright Grantees Get Gala Send-off

Chargé d’Affaires Jason Hyland hosted the annual send-off reception for Japanese participants of the 2017 Fulbright exchange program. CDA Hyland encouraged about 50 Fulbright grantees to think of their scholarship not merely as an academic experience, but also as a way to develop their leadership skills and to help both countries confront global challenges. This ...
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USS Fitzgerald Returns to Yokosuka Base

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) returned under its own power to Yokosuka base on June 17 following a collision with a merchant vessel off the coast of Honshu. (U.S. Navy photo by Peter Burghart) Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley said, “The Navy family comes together during tragic events such ...
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Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2017

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2017, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those ...
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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Visits Japan

During his June 4-5 visit, Energy Secretary Rick Perry met with METI Minister Hiroshige Seko to discuss bilateral cooperation. The Secretary also visited the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power station and said, “The U.S. is committed to our partnership with Japan on this cleanup and our shared vision for a clean environment and brighter future.”
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Rolling Out the First F-35 Fighter Assembled in Japan

Chargé d’Affaires Jason Hyland attended the unveiling of the first F-35 plane assembled in Japan at a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries factory in Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture. Representatives from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Lockheed Martin, as well as Japan’s State Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya participated with other U.S. and Japanese government officials in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. ...
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Pacific Pitch: U.S.-Japan Baseball Diplomacy

Embassy Tokyo, in collaboration with Meridian International Center of Washington, D.C., announces the opening of “Pacific Pitch: U.S.-Japan Baseball Diplomacy,” an exhibition charting the history of our shared national pastime, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library through the end of July. Former MLB player and Yomiuri Giants player, Warren Cromartie, joined members of the diplomatic ...
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U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Dialogue on Space Issues Joint Statement

On May 16, the U.S. and Japan held their fourth meeting of the Comprehensive Dialogue on Space in Washington, D.C., advancing a long history of space cooperation between our two nations. This fourth Comprehensive Dialogue on Space continues the work to enhance and strengthen cooperation between the two countries from a broad, inclusive, and strategic ...
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Vice President Pence Addresses Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Reception

On May 17 Vice President Mike Pence, accompanied by Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, delivered remarks at a White House reception in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The Vice President celebrated the contributions of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout the history ...
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Baseball is More International than Ever

This season in the U.S. major leagues, there are a record 259 players from 19 countries and territories outside the U.S., including eight active players from Japan. China, Italy and Israel were among 16 nations that competed in the recent 2017 World Baseball Classic, a showcase for the international nature and popularity of the sport. ...
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Helping Women Thrive in their Careers: An Interview with Margot Carrington

Embassy intern Marie Sakonju interviewed Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Margot Carrington on fostering mindsets to help women thrive in their careers. During the interview, Ms. Carrington discussed unconscious bias in the workplace, and highlighted opportunities and strategies for success. Ms. Carrington also offered Japanese women the following advice: “Be confident in your abilities, don’t undersell ...
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Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of U.S.-ASEAN Relations

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on May 4 at the Department of State for a special U.S.-ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting. The event commemorated the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and ASEAN, and reinforced our strategic partnership. The meeting followed the 30th ...
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Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative Offers Executive Program in Boston

The JWLI is now taking applications for their four-week executive development program for up-and-coming Japanese women leaders with a clear vision for social change in Japan. The program includes participation in the Women’s Leadership Program at Babson College, a 5-day intensive entrepreneurial management program, and visits to successful nonprofit organizations in Boston to learn their ...
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Vice President Wraps up Busy, Successful Visit to Japan

On the second day of their trip to Japan, Vice President Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, and their daughters Charlotte and Audrey visited the USS Ronald Reagan, where the Vice President thanked the U.S. and Japanese service members who have “stood up and stepped forward to protect our countries, our values, and our very way ...
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Vice President Pence Visits Japan

Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, and their daughters Charlotte and Audrey arrived in Japan April 18 on their first visit to the region under the Trump administration. At a working lunch with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Vice President Pence reiterated President Trump’s assurance that the U.S. remains a committed partner to Japan. ...
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Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama Wows Washington

The hottest ticket in Washington lets visitors enter mirrored rooms full of brightly colored pumpkins, polka dots or dangling globes from legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Infinity Mirrors, at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, promises the chance to step into an illusion of infinite space. The exhibit marks the first time the ...
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Kumamoto One Year Later: Resilience and Goodwill

Today marks one year since the Kumamoto earthquakes of April 2016. The United States continues to support the people of Kumamoto as they work to rebuild their communities. In his latest blog article, Chargé D’Affaires Jason P. Hyland reflects on his past experiences in Kumamoto and his recent visit there. Kumamoto One Year Later: Resilience and Goodwill  – American View
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America-Japan Society Celebrates its Centennial Anniversary

Founded by U.S. and Japanese intellectuals in 1917 to pursue educational and cultural exchanges between our two countries, the America-Japan Society is celebrating its 100th anniversary this month. At the ceremony to commemorate the centennial with the Emperor and Empress, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Chargé d’Affaires Hyland highlighted the Society’s achievements and ...
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Vice President Michael R. Pence Congratulates the America-Japan Society on its Centennial

April 13, 2017 Congratulations to the America-Japan Society on the occasion of its centennial anniversary. The United States has long valued the importance of our enduring alliance, close partnership, and deep friendship with Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the first world leader President Donald J. Trump met after the election, and I look forward ...
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U.S. Mission Japan Chargé Reads Celebratory Message from U.S. Vice President Michael R. Pence at 100th Anniversary of the America-Japan Society

Press Release April 13, 2017 Tokyo, Japan U.S. Mission Japan Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Jason Hyland delivered remarks at the 100th anniversary gala of the America-Japan Society (AJS) at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo on April 13. Their Imperial Majesties, Prime Minister Abe, Foreign Minister Kishida, and 500 other key supporters of the U.S.-Japan relationship ...
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Vice President Mike Pence to Travel to the Asia-Pacific Region

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to the Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and Hawaii from April 15-25, 2017.  This trip will serve as the Vice President’s first official travel to the Asia-Pacific region.  During his trip, the Vice President will emphasize President Trump’s continued commitment to U.S. alliances and partnerships in the Asia-Pacific ...
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Dancing with Tom and Kumamon at Kumamoto Castle

Crowds of people came out on March 21 to perform the Kumamon Dance with lovable plush character Kumamon, representing Kumamoto Prefecture, and the U.S. Mission’s own Tom character. The Embassy and Consulate Fukuoka are working with Kumamoto Prefecture to produce a video to support Kumamoto’s recovery efforts from the devastating earthquake last April. • See ...
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Secretary of State Tillerson visits Japan

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, and reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance during his first visit to Japan. Remarks With Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida Before Their Meeting Remarks With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Before Their Meeting Press Availability With Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida The U.S.-Japan Alliance: The Cornerstone for Stability in the Asia Pacific  (via Department of State Official Blog “DipNote”) Tillerson visits Japan on first trip to Asia  (via ShareAmerica)
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution Update

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest on Anniversary of 1945 Tokyo Bombing

U.S. Embassy Tokyo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest on Anniversary of 1945 Tokyo Bombing March 10, 2017 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place around the Embassy and surrounding areas between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM on March 10. Protestors will be demonstrating to call attention to the 1945 bombing of ...
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New Version of Form I-130 – Petition for Alien Relative

Effective February 27, 2017, USCIS released a new version of Form I-130 “Petition for Alien Relative” and Form I-130A “Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary.” The new forms are now available on the USCIS website. Starting April 28, 2017, only the new forms (February 27, 2017 edition) will be accepted. Until then, petitioners may use ...
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U.S.-Japan-ROK Issue Joint Statement on North Korea

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Kenji Kanasugi, and Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Kim Hong-kyun met in Washington to discuss the situation in North Korea. • Full text of joint statement
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U.S., Japan, and Republic of Korea Condemn North Korea’s Destabilizing Behavior

At the G-20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Bonn, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se discussed North Korea’s recent ballistic missile test. The leaders noted North Korea’s flagrant disregard for multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that expressly prohibit its ballistic missile and nuclear programs. In ...
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Trump and Abe Affirm “Very Crucial Alliance”

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania welcomed Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie to Mar-a-Lago, the president’s south Florida estate, over the February 10–11 weekend. During the visit, the two leaders emphasized the importance of the relationship between the U.S. and Japan. Trump said, “The bond between our two nations, and ...
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Secretary Tillerson Arrives at the State Department, Delivers Remarks

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered remarks to employees at the State Department on Feb. 2. Secretary Tillerson said, “I ask that you join me in upholding high standards of ethics and professionalism, committing to personal accountability and honesty, and respecting your colleagues.” •  See full text and video on State.gov
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Secretaries of State Hail from Many Walks of Life

How do you become America’s Number 1 diplomat?  First, a president must decide you’re the best person for the job, as President Trump did in tapping Rex Tillerson, retired chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, and then the Senate must give its consent, as it did February 1.  Tillerson is the 69th secretary of state in ...
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Updated Guidance on Suspension of Executive Order 13769

The Executive Order barring issuance of visas and travel for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen has been suspended. Accordingly, U.S. embassies and consulates will resume scheduling visa appointments for these nationals. The Department of State had also provisionally revoked all valid visas of nationals of these seven countries.  That provisional revocation ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens – Absentee Voting in 2017

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal ...
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Urgent Notice – Travelers from Seven Muslim-Majority Countries

Under the Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals signed on January 27, 2017, visa issuance to nationals of the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been suspended effective immediately until further notification. We will announce any other changes affecting travelers to the United States ...
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Celebrating 35 Years of Hawaii-Fukuoka Sister State Ties

In January 2017, Principal Officer Joy Sakurai traveled to Hawaii with a Fukuoka Prefectural delegation led by Fukuoka Governor Ogawa. Thirty-five years ago, the State of Hawaii and Fukuoka Prefecture signed a formal sister-state agreement. This was the first sister-state agreement for Fukuoka Prefecture and was supported by one of the most famous Japanese-Americans with ...
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Inauguration Weekend also Means Charitable Donations

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inauguration will mean big business for Washington restaurants, and several plan to share the wealth. Through an initiative called “ All In Service DC ,” participating restaurants, bars and coffee shops will donate part of their profits from the January 20 inauguration weekend to local charities that serve the community. Inauguration weekend usually means large ...
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An Inside Peek at an Inaugural Ball

Ambassadors and guests from around the world gathered to kick off Donald J. Trump’s January 20 inauguration. Sister Cities International’s January 17 inaugural ball was among the first of many inaugural festivities in Washington as Trump becomes the 45th U.S. president. President Dwight Eisenhower founded Sister Cities International in 1956, and every U.S. president since ...
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The National Mall: Coming together in America’s backyard

Located in the heart of Washington, the National Mall hosts almost 3,000 events every year.  Ever since the Civil War, when the Union army organized, trained and camped on the parkland of the National Mall, the area has played a role in major political, social and cultural movements in the United States. It is the site ...
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Fun facts about past presidential inaugurations

Incoming presidents have celebrated their inaugurations in novel ways, starting with George Washington dancing the minuet after his.  The Constitution offers little guidance beyond the date of the inauguration and the words of the oath. Each celebration is shaped by tradition and by each new president’s personality.  Here’s a look at a few notable inaugural ...
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Ambassador Kennedy’s Japan

During her three years in Japan, Ambassador Kennedy has traveled to many parts of the country, enjoying the beautiful scenery, learning about local traditions and culture, participating in events to strengthen U.S.-Japan ties, talking with people from all walks of life, and engaging with hundreds of students and children. In the process, she’s made many, ...
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The U.S. Embassy in Japan Has a New Look

We hope you enjoy our newly redesigned website. It’s simpler and more user-friendly, especially for mobile devices, but it still features all the information and resources you need. Please note that the requirements for Visa Services and American Citizen Services remain the same. We welcome your comments and suggestions about our new website design. Please use this online form .
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U.S. Mission Japan’s rendition of the popular KoiDance (Love Dance)

  Ambassador Kennedy and U.S. Mission Japan staff in Tokyo, Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Naha got into the holiday spirit and showed off their dance moves. Check out our rendition of the “Koi Dance” (Love Dance) from one of the most popular TV shows in Japan this season. Cover performance by volunteer musicians
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Malakas (No. 16)

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Malakas (Typhoon No. 16) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Okinawa Prefecture. Malakas is forecast to make landfall near Ishigaki Island and Iriomote Island in Okinawa Prefecture early September 17, and then move ...
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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Launches “A Broader View”

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy launched a new video collaboration with Japanese alumni of U.S. colleges and universities. The “A Broader View” website showcases inspirational stories of Japanese role models who studied and lived in the United States. Participants include Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, jazz artist Makoto Ozone, television personality Mari Sekine, Huffington Post ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Namtheun (Tropical Cyclone 12)

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Namtheun is expected to bring heavy rain and sustained winds to areas of Southern and Western Japan beginning late Saturday, September 3, and continuing through Sunday, September 4. According to current forecasts, the storm will make landfall in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, at about 9:00 a.m. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Lionrock

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens in the Tokyo region that Typhoon LIONROCK (Tropical Cyclone 10) is expected to bring heavy rain and sustained winds up to 30 mph, with 60-mph gusts, to the region beginning in the evening of Monday, August 29 and continuing throughout Tuesday, August 30. Storm tides, heavy rainfall, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Mindulle

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo cautions U.S. citizens that Tropical Storm Mindulle is expected to make landfall near Kanagawa Prefecture at approximately Noon today, and then move northward along the east coast of Japan. In conjunction with this storm, the Japan Meteorological Agency may issue a High Wave and Thunderstorm advisory for all of northern ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens Regarding Delta System-wide Outage

The following message is from Delta Airlines: Due to a Delta system wide outage travel has been impacted to/from/through all Delta Air Lines served cities. Check flight status often, or see Delta’s NewsHub for more information. Rescheduling Flights If your flight is canceled or significantly delayed, you are entitled to a refund. Even if your flight is not canceled, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: 71st Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings

On Saturday, August 6 and Tuesday, August 9 between approximately 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM, demonstrations are expected at the U.S. Embassy and surrounding areas to call attention to the anniversaries of the Word War II bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Monday, August 15, which marks the end of the war, may also draw protests ...
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Robert Rapson to Represent the U.S. at the 2016 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Chargé d’Affaires Robert Rapson will represent the United States of America at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, the site of President Obama’s historic visit in May, the first by a sitting U.S. president. August 6 and 9 remain days for somber reflection and a renewed commitment to building a more peaceful world. While Ambassador Caroline ...
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Embassy Message for U.S. Citizens: Disaster Prevention and Information Resources for U.S. Citizens Residing and Traveling in Japan

Recent events in and around Japan including natural disasters like the series of earthquakes in March of 2016, the active typhoon season of 2015, volcanic eruptions, and various events transpiring in neighboring nations should remind U.S. citizens living and traveling in Japan of the importance of staying connected and having access to late breaking local ...
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Ambassador Kennedy’s Statement on SOFA Discussions

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy spoke to the press together with Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, and USFJ Commander John Dolan. They announced a joint statement on the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). Ambassador Caroline Kennedy: Minister Kishida, Minister Nakatani, General Dolan: On behalf of the American people, I want to extend ...
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Reflections on America’s Declaration of Independence by Ambassador Kennedy

(This article was published in The Japan Times on July 4, 2016.) President Barack Obama reminded us in his speech in Hiroshima in May that the story of America began with this simple idea: “All men are created equal, and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Speaks at Nuclear Disarmament Working Group

Third Plenary of the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification in Tokyo AMBASSADOR KENNEDY: Good morning. Minister Kikawada, distinguished guests, I want to thank the government of Japan for hosting this third plenary of the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification, and for its important and practical leadership in pursuit of a world without nuclear ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Large-Scale Protest at Ohnoyama Park in Naha on June 19

This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens living in or traveling to Japan that the Embassy has received information that on Sunday, June 19, 2016, a large-scale protest and rally is planned at the Ohnoyama General Athletic Field at the Ohnoyoma Park and sports complex in central Naha, Okinawa. According to information received, ...
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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Participates in CULCON Meeting in Tokyo

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy participated in the 27th plenary meeting of the United States-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) today in Tokyo. During the program, Ambassador Kennedy accepted an invitation to serve as an honorary member of CULCON. She lauded the binational organization for its leadership in promoting educational exchange between the United States ...
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Travel Alert – Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2016

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season lasts through November 2016, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in ...
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G7 Ministerial Outcomes – 2016

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Joint Communiqué (PDF 638 KB) G7 Niigata Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting Declaration (PDF 316 KB) G7 Kitakyushu Energy Ministerial Meeting Joint Statement (PDF 144 KB) G7 ICT Ministers Joint Declaration (PDF 112 KB) G7 Toyama Environment Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué (PDF 240 KB) G7 Science and Technology Ministers’ Meeting Tsukuba Communiqué (PDF 169 KB) G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting – Kobe Communiqué (PDF 127 KB) Download Adobe Reader to read all these files.
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U.S. Military Leaders Apologize Following Okinawa Arrest of U.S. Citizen

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter spoke with Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson met with Vice Governor Mitsuo Ageda following the May 19 arrest of a U.S. citizen in Okinawa. Readout of Secretary Carter’s call with Japanese Minister of Defense Gen Nakatani Lt. Gen. Nicholson’s meeting with Okinawa Vice Governor Ageda (Aasahi Shimbun)
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Ambassador Kennedy’s Remarks Expressing Apology at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to come here tonight to express my deepest sorrow on behalf of the American government and the American people. This is a terrible tragedy. Our hearts go out to the victim, her family, and her friends. Nothing that I can do or say can make up for their ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Travels to Kurashiki for G7 Education Ministerial

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy traveled to Kurashiki to participate in the G7 Education Ministerial. Ambassador Kennedy and the U.S. delegation enjoyed lunch with the students of Oimatsu Elementary School and observed a kendo class at the Nishi Middle School. The delegation also spoke with MEXT officials about the importance of U.S.-Japan efforts to increase student exchange. ...
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Ambassador Kennedy’s Statement on President Obama’s Upcoming Visit to Hiroshima

The President’s decision to visit Hiroshima with Prime Minister Abe is a tribute to the spirit of friendship and the enduring alliance between the United States and Japan. His visit will reaffirm our shared commitment to working towards a world without nuclear weapons. I am honored to be the U.S. Ambassador at this time, and ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Attends G7 Energy Ministerial in Kitakyushu

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy attended the G7 Energy Ministerial in Kitakyushu City, joining Secretary Ernest Moniz of the U.S. Department of Energy. This meeting was an opportunity for the Group of Seven to advance the Rome agenda which includes: reducing emissions, improving efficiency, promoting clean energy, as well as diversifying supply, modernizing infrastructure, improving emergency preparedness, ...
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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Visits Earthquake-stricken Kumamoto

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy traveled to Kumamoto City to encourage local officials and local residents in their recovery efforts following the Kumamoto earthquake. She traveled to Camp Kengun with Lt Gen Dolan, Commander, USFJ and Lt Gen Nicholson, Commanding General, III MEF where they met with the Western Army and received a briefing on lessons learned ...
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Statement by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy on the Kumamoto Earthquake

As the Kumamoto earthquake relief efforts move into their fifth day, all Americans are praying for the safety and well-being of the victims and all those in the affected areas. We are inspired by the resilience of the people of Kyushu, the dedication of government officials, first responders and members of the JSDF, and the ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Situation in Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures – Shelter and Transportation Information

This is a follow up to the information in the Embassy’s Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens sent on April 15. Two large-scale earthquakes and numerous aftershocks have occurred in Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures in the Kyushu region of Japan since April 14. Kumamoto is approximately 730 miles southwest of Tokyo. Mashiki Town, Minami-Aso Village, Aso City, and Kumamoto City in ...
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Emergency Message: 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake in Kumamoto Prefecture

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Kumamoto Prefecture in the Kyushu region of Japan at 9:26 p.m. (UTC+09:00) on Thursday, April 14. Aftershocks continued through the night of April 14-15. Kumamoto is approximately 730 miles southwest of Tokyo. Authorities report nine confirmed deaths and as many as 1,000 injured. Local authorities report no U.S. citizens among ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Speaks at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Good Morning. I am so glad to be here on this beautiful Spring Day to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. I want to thank President Medbury, Vice Chair Diane Steinberg, Ambassador Takahashi and my friend Liz Moynihan – an authority on gardens, ambassadors, and New York – for making this day ...
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U.S.-Japan Joint Statement on the Internet Economy

The Seventh Director General-Level Meeting The United States and Japan held the Seventh Director General-level meeting of the U.S.-Japan Policy Cooperation Dialogue on the Internet Economy in Tokyo on February 25 and 26, 2016. In this Dialogue, which included a session with private sector representatives, participants from both countries discussed the outlook for digitally connected ...
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U.S.-Japan Aviation Talks to Bring Daytime Trans-Pacific Flights to Haneda

Delegations representing the governments of the United States and Japan announced in Tokyo today that they have successfully negotiated an amendment to their Open Skies agreement. The proposed amendment provides for the first time since 1978 daytime services by U.S. and Japanese air carriers between the United States and Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), the busiest ...
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Selig Celebrates U.S.-Japan Cooperative Leadership

Under Secretary of Commerce Stefan Selig Keynote Speech at Keidanren in Tokyo (As prepared) Good morning. Konnichiwa. I would like to start by sincerely thanking Keidanren for the invitation and opportunity to speak with all of you today. And I would like to especially thank Vice Chair Ishihara for the work he did to put ...
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Ambassador Kennedy’s Statement on Reported DPRK Nuclear Test

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy spoke with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the Foreign Ministry on Jan. 6, 2016, after North Korea’s announcement that they had carried out an underground nuclear test. AMBASSADOR KENNEDY: Mr. Minister, I am happy to be here this afternoon to express condemnation of the recent announcement. We condemn any violation of the ...
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Ambassador Kennedy at Japan National Press Club

“The United States and Japan: Building the Alliance of the Future” Good Afternoon. Thank you for inviting me to this gathering. I would like to thank Managing Director Nakai for welcoming me here today and Chairman Nishimura of the planning committee for serving as the moderator. And thank you all for coming. All my senior ...
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Ambassador Kennedy’s Statement on Consolidating Facilities & Areas in Okinawa

Good Afternoon. I am honored to join the Chief Cabinet Secretary today to announce an important agreement between the Governments of Japan and the United States regarding the early return of land in Okinawa. Mr. Chief Cabinet Secretary, I want to salute you and the Prime Minister for your leadership, and your deep commitment to ...
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Implementation of Bilateral Plans for Consolidating Facilities and Areas in Okinawa

The Governments of Japan and the United States reaffirmed that the robust and stable forward presence of U.S. forces in Japan enables the Alliance to provide deterrence and the capabilities necessary for the defense of Japan and the peace and security in the region. The two Governments therefore reconfirmed their commitment to implement the initiatives ...
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Open Doors Report Highlights Japan-U.S. Student Exchange

– International student enrollment in the U.S. up 10 percent to nearly 1 million – – Americans Studying in Japan Up 3.8 percent – Nov. 16 – The 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today, finds the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities had the highest rate of growth ...
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Statement from Ambassador Caroline Kennedy on the Successful Conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

I am delighted at the announcement in Atlanta of agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This is a monumental achievement that will help ensure continued economic growth and prosperity for our countries and for the Asia-Pacific region. Thanks to the strong leadership of President Obama and Prime Minister Abe, and the hard work of our ...
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U.S.-Japan Joint High-Level Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation

Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Shunichi Yamaguchi and Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Hakubun Shimomura convened the 13th U.S.-Japan Joint High-Level Committee (JHLC) meeting ...
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Art Celebrates Close U.S.-Japan Ties

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy spoke at a rededication ceremony for the artwork “Amidakuji” in the Tameike Sanno subway station near the Embassy. She was joined by Tokyo Metro officials, artist Miran Fukuda, McDonald’s Co. representatives and former staff-members of Joan Mondale, wife of former Ambassador Walter Mondale. Mrs. Mondale was a great patron of the arts, ...
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Statement by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy after Meeting Cuban Ambassador Rodriguez Costa

Serving as Ambassador to Japan during the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has shown me the power of reconciliation to change the world. The chance to welcome Cuban Ambassador Rodriguez Costa to the U.S. Embassy as a full diplomatic partner was a special honor. Fifty-two years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, ...
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Emergency Message: Flooding and Landslides in Tochigi and Ibaraki Prefectures

This message is to inform U.S. citizens in Japan that the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued emergency weather warnings for areas in Tochigi and Ibaraki Prefectures after heavy rains triggered floods and landslides in localized areas of Eastern Japan. Prefectural authorities have issued evacuation orders affecting areas in both prefectures, especially along the flooded ...
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Emergency Message: Evacuation Warning for Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture

The Embassy in Tokyo alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Japan that on August 15 the Japan Meteorological Agency raised the warning to Level 4 for volcanic activity at Sakurajima Mountain in Kagoshima Prefecture on Kyushu. Sakurajima is a popular tourist destination located across the bay from downtown Kagoshima City. A Level 4 warning ...
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Ambassador Kennedy and Under Secretary Gottemoeller Represent the U.S. at the 2015 Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller will represent the United States of America at the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 9, 2015. Ambassador Kennedy first visited Nagasaki in 2013 where she planted North American dogwoods in the Nagasaki Peace Park, a gift from the American people ...
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Ambassador Kennedy and Under Secretary Gottemoeller Represent the U.S. at the 2015 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller represented the United States of America at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 6, 2015. Ambassador Kennedy first visited the Peace Memorial in 1978, with her uncle, Senator Edward Kennedy. She represented the United States at the ceremony in 2014. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings

Thursday, August 6, is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and a traditional day of protests against the U.S. Embassy. As in years past, multiple groups of protestors may drive around the Embassy throughout the day while making pronouncements via trucks with loudspeakers. The protesters are generally non-violent in nature, but at ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Speaks at the ACCJ Women in Business Summit

Good Morning. Thank you Elizabeth. Congratulations Jay on some really powerful remarks, and thank all of you for inviting me back to this important gathering. I’d like to commend the members of the ACCJ Women in Business committee, Elizabeth and Deborah Hayden for all your contributions to making this conference such a success. The partnership ...
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Ambassador Kennedy’s Meeting with Okinawa Governor Onaga

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy welcomed Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga to the U.S. Embassy on June 19. In their meeting, she expressed sincere appreciation to Okinawa for its vital contributions to the U.S.-Japan Alliance, which is the cornerstone of peace and stability in East Asia. During the meeting, Ambassador Kennedy underscored a point made by U.S. officials ...
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Travel Alert – Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2015

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2015, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those ...
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U.S. Embassy Recognizes Entrepreneurs at 5th Annual Awards Event

U.S. Embassy Economic Minister Counselor Jessica Webster, along with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, presented the U.S. Business Award to BizReach founder Soichiro Minami at the fifth annual Entrepreneur Awards Japan. BizReach operates an online career networking service that allows professionals to share and connect with talent-seeking companies. It won as the company whose ...
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Prime Minister Abe’s Visit to the U.S.

This week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the United States. On April 28, President Obama welcomed the Prime Minister at an arrival ceremony on the White House South Lawn. At the same time, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter were meeting with their Japanese counterparts in New York City. The ...
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Macro for Micron: Amb. Kennedy, CS Western Japan, USEAC Boise all Connect with Top Tech Investor

To celebrate the Idaho-headquartered, semiconductor maker’s successful and rapid integration of a Japanese memory chip producer into American operations – while bolstering U.S. exports and growing employment in the process — Ambassador Caroline Kennedy met with leaders of Micron Japan in Hiroshima.  March marked the first year anniversary of Micron’s integration of Elpida, a Japanese memory chip ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy on the Let Girls Learn Initiative Announcement with First Lady Michelle Obama

Good Morning. It is an honor to be here with three women I greatly admire to talk about one of the most important issues in the world today – the education of girls and young women. I am deeply saddened by to learn of the loss of Japanese citizens in Tunisia and our hearts go ...
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DCM Hyland Visits Niigata Prefecture

During a visit to Niigata Prefecture, Deputy Chief of Mission Jason Hyland visited the site from which 13-year-old Megumi Yokota is believed to have been abducted by the DPRK in 1977. During a meeting with Niigata Governor Izumida, DCM Hyland expressed the U.S. government’s continued interest in and support for Japan’s efforts to resolve the ...
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Osakabe Wins the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award

Sayaka Osakabe has ignited a national debate over how to reform the Japanese workplace to accommodate women and families. Like many Japanese women, she was harassed and pressured to resign from her job after becoming pregnant. After suffering two stress-related miscarriages, she pursued legal recourse for maternity harassment “Matahara” in her own case, and founded ...
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National Science Foundation Delegation Visits Japan

Three officials of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) – Drs. Irene Qualters, Kevin Thompson, and William Chang – are currently in Japan for discussions with the Japan National Institute of Informatics (NII), the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and other entities to address the growing importance of global sharing of research ...
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Institutional Responses to Asia’s Development Challenges

Remarks by Kurt Tong, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State Distinguished Seminar Series, Asian Development Bank Institute Thank you, Dr. Yoshino, for that kind introduction. It is a real pleasure to be here today at the ADB Institute, which is considered one of the finest think tanks ...
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Statement by Ambassador Kennedy

Like all Americans, I am horrified by the news of Kenji Goto’s brutal murder. We offer our deepest sympathy to his family, to the Japanese government, which worked so hard for the release of both hostages, and to the Japanese people. We stand with Japan in this time of grief. We welcome Japan’s ongoing humanitarian ...
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Statement by Ambassador Kennedy

On behalf of the American people, I extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Haruna Yukawa.  We pray for the safe release of Kenji Goto, and we are keeping the Japanese people in our thoughts during this difficult time. There are no closer friends than the U.S. and Japan, and we will continue to ...
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White House Statement on the Japanese Elections

On behalf of the President and people of the United States, we congratulate Prime Minister Abe on the Liberal Democratic Party’s success in the elections in Japan today. The U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific. We appreciate Prime Minister Abe’s strong leadership on a wide range of regional and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Drink Spiking in Roppongi

As reported in the crime section of our Country Specific Information for Japan , the Embassy continues to receive reports of drink spiking incidents in Tokyo’s Roppongi district, particularly near the Roppongi Crossing area. We remind U.S. citizens to exercise caution and maintain security awareness in entertainment districts like Roppongi and Shinjuku’s Kabuki-cho, as drink spiking incidents over the years ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Opens Registration for Japanese Delegation to 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit

U.S. Embassy today announced that registration for participation in the Japanese delegation for the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit is now open. The Summit will enable more Japanese companies, especially those that are new to investing in the U.S., to answer key questions more efficiently, such as why, how and where to invest. Last year, Japan ...
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International Students in the U.S. at All-Time High

The 2014 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today, finds the number of international students at colleges and universities in the United States increased by eight percent to a record high of 886,052 students in the 2013/14 academic year, confirming once again that the United States remains the destination of choice for higher ...
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TOMODACHI Initiative Launches New Partnerships to Foster Exchanges Between the United States and Japan

The TOMODACHI Initiative, in coordination with U.S. Embassy Japan, today announced new partnerships that will further U.S.-Japan student exchanges. Ambassador Caroline B. Kennedy welcomed students, businesses and government leaders from the United States and Japan to her residence in Tokyo to celebrate the announcement. The TOMODACHI Initiative is a groundbreaking public-private partnership launched following the ...
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TOMODACHI Internship Program To Strengthen U.S. Ties to Japan

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy today announced a new internship program for American students in Japan. Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) and the TOMODACHI Initiative will partner in sponsoring the program, which was created in response to President Obama’s and Prime Minister Abe’s April 2014 commitment to facilitate Japanese internship opportunities for American students. The initiative will ...
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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Speaks at the U.S.-Japan Business Council

Good Morning. I am honored to be here today to address the US-Japan Business Conference on the occasion of your 51st annual meeting. I would like to thank Chairman Ishihara and Chairman Lechleiter for your leadership over the past year leading to this meeting. It is a pleasure to be here with Chief Cabinet Secretary ...
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Leaders Statement

We, the Leaders of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam, welcome the significant progress in recent months, as reported to us by our Ministers, that sets the stage to bring these landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to conclusion. We are encouraged that Ministers and negotiators ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Jihadist Threats

A recent anonymous posting on a Jihadist website encouraged attacks against American and other international schools in the Middle East, including Western teachers employed at these schools. That message referenced schools in the localities of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Maadi (Egypt) as examples, and these two cities as locations with high concentrations of potential targets. ...
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Amb. Kennedy Answers AmCham’s Doorknock on Japanese Diet

CS Tokyo supported 3-days of American Chamber of Commerce Japan advocacy calls on Japan’s Diet, an annual event with added import as a new cabinet presses regulatory reform to bolster Abenomics’ growth strategy.  Ambassador Caroline Kennedy thanked the 100 guests, including over 20 legislators.  The ACCJ delivered white papers on their key advocacy issues.
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CS Japan Casts for Success

CO Arthur and Specialist Tsurumachi participated in the Intellectual Property Seminar hosted by the Motion Picture Association.  Ambassador Kennedy and former Senator Dodd opened the seminar with close to 100 attendees and special speaker Lord Puttnam, the Oscar Winning Producer of “Chariots of Fire” and “Midnight Express.
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Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Brings Business Delegation to Japan and Korea

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker leads a Healthcare and Energy Business Development Mission to Asia with stops in Japan and South Korea from October 19-23, 2014. This business development mission promotes U.S. exports to Asia by helping U.S. companies launch or increase their business in the healthcare and energy sectors. Secretary Pritzker made a courtesy ...
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Commerce Secretary Pritzker Speaks at ACCJ

Address to the American Chamber of Commerce of Japan As Prepared for Delivery Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Thank you, Jay Ponazecki, for your kind introduction. I am quite excited to be back in Tokyo. I love Japan, having visited many times with my family and on business. Actually, this country holds a special place ...
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U.S.-Japan Environmental Agreement to Supplement SOFA

The United States and Japan are strongly committed to strengthening our security Alliance in a dynamic regional and global security environment. To this end, our two governments have endeavored to sustain the robust forward presence of U.S. forces and to enhance the Alliance capabilities necessary for Japan’s defense and the maintenance of regional peace and ...
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Interim Report on the Revision of the U.S.-Japan Guidelines for Defense Cooperation

The United States and Japan today jointly released the Interim Report of the ongoing revision of the U.S.-Japan Guidelines for Defense Cooperation. The revised Guidelines, which are expected to be finalized by the end of the year, will establish an expanded and more flexible framework for Alliance cooperation to ensure the peace and security of ...
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Houston Brings a “Texas-sized” Trade Delegation

CS Tokyo organized a multifaceted visit for Houston Mayor Annise Parker and her delegation of 24.  In addition to bolstering their sister city relationship with Chiba, the group met with Ambassador Kennedy (photo).  CS Tokyo arranged a Single Location Promotion for the Houston Space Port project, securing participation of Japan’s most prominent space organizations.  We ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Phanfone

The Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Eastern Japan, including the Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya consular districts, that the U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center and the Japan Meteorological Agency are tracking Typhoon Phanfone in the Northwestern Pacific. As of October 3, Phanfone continues on a northerly track through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean ...
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Lookout! Another CSJapan Press Event

CS Tokyo CA Shimada, along with CS Saito organized a successful single company press conference for Lookout, a leading mobile security company located in San Francisco.  Approximately 40 media companies learned of the new business alliance with KDDI from Lookout CEO Jim Dolce.  Lookout was very satisfied with the service and follow up is a ...
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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Expresses Sympathy for Those Affected by the Mount Ontake Volcanic Eruption

On Monday, September 29, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy stated: “The U.S. Embassy community joins me in sending our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those affected by the Mount Ontake Volcanic Eruption. We express our condolences to those who have lost loved ones.”
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CS Japan Detects Success with Analytical Instruments

CO Mayeda with CA Sugiura hosted members of the international committee of the Japan Analytical Instruments Manufacturer’s Association (JAIMA) at an appreciation reception to celebrate the successful conclusion of the 2014 Japan Machinery trade show (a.k.a. JASIS) which was held earlier this month and to thank JAIMA for the complimentary booth space that made the ...
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CS Japan Deals in Hot Auto Parts

CS Tokyo hosted a meeting for the Japan American Automotive Group Association comprised of U.S. auto parts manufacturers that have offices in Japan and companies that sell U.S. manufactured auto parts.  The group raised various issues of mutual concern to the industry.  Approximately 10 representatives attended the meeting.  CS Tokyo’s SCO Wylegala gave a presentation ...
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President Obama Speaks at CDC on the Ebola Outbreak

The Problem In West Africa, Ebola is now an epidemic of the likes that we have not seen before. It is getting worse. It’s spreading faster and exponentially. Today, thousands of people in West Africa are infected. That number could rapidly grow to tens of thousands. And if the outbreak is not stopped now, we ...
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Hague Abduction Convention Experts’ Meetings in Tokyo Come to a Close

On September 17-18, the U.S. Embassy Tokyo and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues hosted successful meetings in Tokyo with Japanese officials and other experts regarding the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The meetings increased mutual understanding of U.S. and Japanese programs and procedures related to parental ...
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Joint Press Statement for the U.S.-Japan Policy Cooperation Dialogue on the Internet Economy

The Sixth Director General-Level Meeting The United States and Japan held the sixth Director General-level meeting of the U.S.-Japan Policy Cooperation Dialogue on the Internet Economy in Washington, D.C. on September 16 and 17, 2014. In this dialogue, which included a session with private sector representatives, participants held candid and vibrant discussions on important Internet ...
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Embassy and CS Japan Support 190-Member Trade & Investment Delegation

Ambassador Kennedy and her Country Team worked hard to support the 2014 edition of the annual Southeast U.S. – Japan (SEUS) Conference during its week of commercial networking and relationship building in Tokyo.  The Amb. received Mississippi Governor Bryant for a call, met with the heads of delegation of the seven participating  southeastern states, and ...
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Consul General Greenberg Introduces “CS Western Japan” to Business Community

New Consul General Allen Greenberg showed his appreciation to the U.S.-Japan business community in the region around Osaka and Kobe by hosting a gathering at Osaka’s Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he presented certificates to a pair of leading partners, including a major department store which hosts and annual New York-themed fair, for their outstanding contributions ...
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Tour de Tohoku Bicycle Rally Supports Recovery

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy completed 60 km of the annual Tour de Tohoku bicycle rally on Sept. 14 to support the Tohoku region’s ongoing recovery from the 2011 earthquake disaster. At the starting line at Ishinomaki Senshu University, Ambassador Kennedy said: It’s great to be here and participate in this Tour de Tohoku event. This is ...
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Calling All Japanese Students: Learn about Studying in the United States at “AMERICA EXPO 2014”

“AMERICA EXPO 2014,” an annual college fair for Japanese young people interested in studying in the United States, kicks off at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 13 at the Akihabara UDX building in Tokyo. The event, which attracted more than 1,000 people in 2013, is free and open to the public. Representatives from over 60 ...
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For CS Japan, Success is the Gift that Keeps Giving

CS Japan Commercial Attaché Arthur cut the ribbon for the 78thTokyo International Gift Show (TIGS).  CS Japan partnered with Japan External Trade Organization as the United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, France, and Germany Embassies.  This is one of the largest trade events in Japan boasting 2,551 exhibitors from 20 countries, including 577 overseas exhibitors.  Among the ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Landslides in Hiroshima

U.S. Embassy Tokyo alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Japan that heavy rains in the Hiroshima area have already caused fatal landslides in Asaminami-ku in the Northern part of Hiroshima city. Local emergency responders warn of the danger of further landslides in light of continued forecasts of rain in Hiroshima and its vicinity. U.S. ...
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Scholars Selected for 2014 TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund

The TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund, Part of Suntory Group’s “Suntory Tohoku Sunsun Project,” was established in 2013 and provides scholarships to Japanese students to study at three of the most prestigious music schools in the United States. Students from the three Tohoku prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima receive preferential consideration for these scholarships. ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Celebrates New Boeing 787 Dreamliner

AMBASSADOR KENNEDY: Thank you for having me here today. Hello everyone. It’s a great pleasure to join you at this special demonstration flight to commemorate the delivery of the new stretch version of the Boeing 787 to ANA. I’d like to thank Chairman Ohashi and Chairman Ito and Boeing Japan President Maffeo for making this ...
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Boeing Flies with CS Japan Support

CS Tokyo composed and orchestrated a celebration of Boeing’s delivery of the world’s first 787-9 stretch airplane.  ANA became the world’s first airline to operate the original 787 and now is the first to fly the new stretched version of the Boeing Dreamliner, which accommodates 44 more passengers.  In her commemoration remarks, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Chats with Students at the Embassy’s Study Abroad Event

Ambassador Kennedy: Welcome and congratulations for having applied for your student visas. Here at the American Embassy we have worked very hard to make the visa process fast and easy to understand, so I hope that we have succeeded. While the process may seem simple, this is actually a day that is going to change ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Prime Minister Abe

The Vice President spoke this afternoon with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Vice President welcomed Japan’s new policy on collective self-defense, which the two leaders agreed will enhance the U.S.-Japan alliance and enable Japan to make even greater contributions to regional and global peace and security. The Vice President welcomed Japan’s recently announced sanctions ...
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TOMODACHI Initiative and Honda announce 2015 TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program

The TOMODACHI Initiative and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. are pleased to announce the “TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program.” The program will showcase Honda’s unique way of supporting the education and development of future leaders of the Japan-U.S. relationship through an experiential learning program theme “Music as a Universal Language.” Guided by Honda’s corporate slogan “The ...
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Emergency Message: Typhoon Neoguri

The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Japan that the Japan Meteorological Agency and the Kadena Weather Authority at Kadena Air Base are tracking Typhoon Neoguri in the Western Pacific. As of 10 a.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014, Typhoon Neoguri continues on a northwest track through the Western Pacific Ocean and ...
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In Memoriam: Former Ambassador Howard Baker

The United States Embassy in Tokyo mourns the loss of Former Ambassador Howard H. Baker, who died yesterday at his home in Tennessee. Ambassador Baker was the U.S. Ambassador to Tokyo from July 2001 to February 2005 under President George W. Bush. Ambassador Baker was beloved by all during his time in Tokyo. He worked ...
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Ambassador Kennedy in Okinawa – Remarks at Irei no Hi Ceremony for USO

AMBASSADOR KENNEDY: Lieutenant General Wissler, Chaplain Creditor, Robin Miller and the USO, Justin Wentworth, honored veterans, distinguished guests – thank you. On behalf of President Obama, my State Department colleagues, and all Americans, I am honored to say a few words at this solemn occasion. Today, we remember the sacrifices of those brave Americans who ...
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Ambassador Kennedy attends Irei no Hi services in Okinawa

On June 23, United States Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy attended Irei no Hi commemorations for those killed during the Battle of Okinawa. During the main commemoration, sponsored by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, the Ambassador laid flowers in honor of Okinawans killed during the battle. Earlier, the Ambassador made a statement at the United Service ...
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Participants Selected for “TOMODACHI Summer 2014 SoftBank Leadership Program”at University of California, Berkeley

The TOMODACHI Initiative (TOMODACHI) and SoftBank Corp. (SoftBank) are pleased to announce that the 100 participants for the ‘TOMODACHI Summer 2014 SoftBank Leadership Program’ have been selected. This program, which is funded by SoftBank, will start on July 22nd, 2014, and end on August 12th, 2014. High school students from the three prefectures affected by ...
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Ambassador Kennedy’s Speech at 2014 USJC-ACCJ Women in Business Summit

Good morning and thank you for inviting me to be here.  I would like to commend ACCJ for bringing us together to talk about some of the important issues facing women.  Thanks to Irene Hirano for her leadership of the U.S. –Japan Council and for helping young people in Japan and the United States become ...