CBP Reminds Travelers to Allow 72 Hours for ESTA

December 14, 2018 – Visa Waiver Program users encouraged to apply early – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), consistent with existing requirements, reminds international travelers using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) for travel to the United States to apply as soon as possible but not less than 72 hours before their international ...
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Holiday Magic Illuminates the White House

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the White House. First Lady Melania Trump has designed a colorfully patriotic theme for the holiday decorations now on display, showcasing America’s heritage. During December, the White House will host more than 100 open houses, many receptions, and more than 30,000 visitors on public tours. See more via American View
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Celebrating 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10 – the day in 1948 that the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Secretary Pompeo underscored the importance of human rights, saying, “U.S. foreign policy is rooted in the understanding that governments that respect individual rights and fundamental freedoms remain the best ...
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In Tribute: George H.W. Bush, Our 41st President

George Herbert Walker Bush, who served as the 41st President of the United States, died on November 30 at the age of 94. Ambassador Bill Hagerty issued a statement saying, “My family and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Bush family. President George H.W. Bush’s leadership, humility, and commitment to public service inspired me ...
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President Trump Champions Economic Growth and Prosperity at G20 Summit

At this year’s G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, President Donald J. Trump championed the successes of his pro-growth agenda and his work with world leaders to advance free, fair, and reciprocal trade. Before his meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Trump said, “Our partnership has been quite extraordinary, and we will be together for ...
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Secretary Pompeo Announces the Latest Lifesaving PEPFAR Results

In advance of World AIDS Day on December 1, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivered remarks at the State Department’s technical summit for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The secretary announced that the program has saved more than 17 million lives thanks to bipartisan support and our many partners around the ...
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Vice President Pence: U.S. Commitment to the Indo-Pacific is Steadfast and Enduring

The United States seeks “collaboration, not control” in the Indo-Pacific region, Vice President Pence told a conference of Southeast Asian countries whose leaders gathered in Singapore. “We all agree that empire and aggression have no place in the Indo-Pacific,” Pence said at the 6th summit between the U.S. and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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CULCON Welcomes Statement on U.S.-Japan Bilateral Exchanges

The United States-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) congratulates President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on their successful summit meeting on April 24, 2014, welcomes their initiatives to further promote and expand bilateral exchanges and dialogues, and pledges its strongest support to work toward the goal of doubling two-way student exchange ...
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Remarks to the Press by USTR Froman

AMBASSADOR FROMAN: Amari-san and I have just completed two days of intensive discussions. Our teams arrived expecting that the talks would be tough, and our expectations have been met. We understand the challenges, these negotiations relate to fundamental reforms in the market opening of sectors in Japan that have traditionally been closed. But let’s keep ...
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State Department Statement on North Korean Missile Launch

North Korea launched two No Dong medium-range ballistic missiles from near its west coast on March 26 (local time). Both flew in an easterly direction over North Korea’s land mass and impacted in the Sea of Japan, according to U.S. government information. It does not appear that North Korea issued any maritime notifications providing warning ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Looks Forward to Joint NASA-JAXA Satellite Launch

AMBASSADOR KENNEDY: Good afternoon. I want to thank President Tsumagari and the university for a wonderful event showing the importance of international study. It’s an honor to be here on my first trip to Kagoshima and I’m excited about attending the launch of the U.S.-Japan Global Precipitation Measurement Mission early Friday morning. GPM represents the ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Visits Okinawa

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy made her first visit to Okinawa Prefecture Feb. 11-13. Her first stop was the Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, where she offered flowers at the National War Dead Peace Mausoleum and reflected on the sacrifices of the soldiers and civilians who lost their lives in the Battle of Okinawa. In remarks she made ...
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Ambassador Kennedy’s schedule in Okinawa on February 13

The following schedule was issued by U.S. Consulate General Naha on February 13. Morning [Informal meeting with Kadena Special Olympic hosts] Eunice Kennedy Shriver, younger sister of the late President John F. Kennedy, established the Special Olympics in 1968. For this reason, Ambassador Kennedy is deeply interested in events related to the Special Olympics. The ...
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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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