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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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’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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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’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 ...
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Ambassador Kennedy at Ise for Dogwood Planting Ceremony

AMBASSADOR KENNEDY: Good afternoon and thank you for welcoming me to Ise Shrine, Japan’s most sacred place. I would especially like to thank Governor Suzuki, Mayor Suzuki, and Chairman Doi of Gakudokofu, which does so much to support the memory of former Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki. I’m so grateful that all of you are able ...
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Statement by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy on the Death of Nelson Mandela

In his autobiography, Nelson Mandela wrote, “I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.” Those days sadly have come to an end, but Mandela’s legacy continues to inspire us to guard the torch of freedom for generations to come. From his cramped cell on Robben Island, Mandela emerged as an icon ...
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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Addresses ACCJ and the America-Japan Society

AMBASSADOR KENNEDY: Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you all for coming – I know everybody here is very busy, so I’m very honored that you all chose to come today. And thank you, Ambassador Fujisaki, for the beautiful flowers you sent me on my arrival and for all you’ve done over the years ...
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Ambassador-Designate Kennedy Introduces Herself in Video

Hi, I’m Caroline Kennedy. Welcome to my home in New York City. I’m deeply honored that President Obama has asked me to serve as the United States Ambassador to Japan. Growing up in a family dedicated to public service, I saw how people can come together to solve challenges through commitment, communication and cooperation. That’s ...
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