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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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