Ambassador Keshap Discusses the Indo-Pacific Strategy and U.S. Priorities for the East Asia Summit at the CSIS Asian Architecture Conference 2020

I’m honored to be with you today to discuss U.S. priorities for this year’s East Asia Summit. I’m joined by my good friend and colleague Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Feith. David, as many of you know, leads our multilateral engagement in the Indo-Pacific, and he has been a tremendous partner in helping us …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (November 20, 2020)

Location: Japan Date: November 20, 2020 COVID-19 in Japan The U.S. Embassy and consulates continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions in Japan.  Several prefectures, including Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Aichi, Kanagawa, and Chiba, recorded their highest number of new cases this week, and positive case numbers continue to rise across the country.  The Government of Japan warned that stringent …

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Marine Corps Commandant Visits Japan

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger visited Japan November 17-19 to meet with Japanese leaders. The visit was aimed at coordinating efforts to maintain operational readiness and credible deterrence to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific. During his visit, Gen. Berger met with Prime Minister Suga, Foreign Minister Motegi, Defense Minister Kishi, and senior military …

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Japan, United States Reaffirm Commitment to Full Implementation of the Hague Convention and to the Resolution of Child Abduction Cases

On November 17, 2020, virtual Japan-U.S. consultations were held on the issue of child abduction between Japan and the United States of America. The Japanese side was represented by Yutaka Arima, Deputy Director-General, North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the U.S. side was represented by Michelle Bernier-Toth, Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, …

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NASA Launches Crew Dragon to the ISS

NASA and SpaceX on Nov. 16 launched four astronauts to the International Space Station, including Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Embassy Charge d’Affairs Joe Young tweeted: “No better example of our strong partnership than today’s launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station. Congratulations to all involved in …

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Virtual Summit on Women in STEM Brings Japanese, Koreans, and Americans Together

Women are disproportionally unrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, an issue that poses major societal ramifications as STEM careers grow in prominence and importance. A four-day virtual summit featuring participants and panelists from the United States, Japan, and South Korea, tackled this issue head-on. Participants from all three countries discussed how to …

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Health Alert and Voting Reminder – October 8, 2020

The U.S. Embassy and consulates continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions in Japan. While the situation is generally improving, outbreaks of COVID-19 throughout the country continue, and local officials have taken COVID-19 mitigation measures depending on local conditions. U.S. citizens should exercise caution and continue to follow guidance issued by government authorities.

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Secretary Pompeo Visits Tokyo for Bilateral and Quad Meetings

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Tokyo on October 6 for bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi. The Secretary congratulated the Prime Minister on his recent election. Following his meetings, the Secretary wrote on Twitter, “The U.S.-Japan Alliance has never been stronger and is the cornerstone of peace, security, …

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Secretary of State Pompeo to Visit Japan October 6

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Tokyo, Japan; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and Seoul, the Republic of Korea (ROK) October 4 to 8. On October 6 in Tokyo, Secretary Pompeo will participate in the second meeting of the Quad Foreign Ministers of Australia, India, and Japan. He will also have meetings with his Japanese …

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White House Statement on the Election of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga

The United States congratulates Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on securing an overwhelming majority in the presidential election of his Liberal Democratic Party and his subsequent election as Prime Minister by the Japanese Diet. President Donald J. Trump is ready to continue pursuing the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific that he and former Prime …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Consulate Fukuoka – September 4, 2020

Typhoon Haishen is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of #Kyushu Area beginning Sunday evening September 6, 2020 until Monday evening September 7, 2020. If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone areas, prepare by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes …

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Joint Statement – The Seventh Meeting of the Japan-U.S. Comprehensive Dialogue on Space

Pursuant to the shared goal of continuing to advance bilateral space cooperation and to further strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance as declared by the leaders of both nations, the Government of Japan and the Government of the United States of America held the Seventh Meeting of the Japan-U.S. Comprehensive Dialogue on Space in Tokyo, on August …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Season 2020

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Japan remind U.S. citizens in Japan that typhoon season has begun and will last through November 2020, though most tropical cyclones typically develop through October. Multiple typhoons typically strike Japan each year. Typhoons can strike any region of the country and can be extremely serious. U.S. citizens in Japan …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Nicholas Hill to Represent the United States of America at Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremonies

Deputy Chief of Mission Nicholas Hill will represent the United States of America at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 6, and the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 9. The ceremonies are an opportunity to honor those who lost their lives, and to reflect on our shared vision of peace.

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Remembering Representative John Lewis

Civil rights icon and U.S. Representative John Lewis died July 17 at the age of 80. The son of Alabama sharecroppers, Lewis was a central figure in the U.S. civil rights movement. Lewis was a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the 1960s and one of main organizers of the 1963 March on …

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African American History Museum Launches “Talking About Race” Web Portal

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has launched a new website called “Talking About Race” that provides tools for having constructive conversations about racism and its corrosive harm to individuals and society. The portal encourages users to dive into topics such as being anti-racist and the history of race and racism. …

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Farewell Message to U.S. Citizen Diamond Princess Passengers and Crew from Chargé d’Affaires Joseph Young and the American Embassy Consular Team

The U.S. Embassy and the Department of State have no higher priority than the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad. My team and I are pleased to let you know that the final U.S. citizen passenger, of the nearly 80 who were hospitalized in Japan, has returned to the United States. We are extremely …

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U.S. and Japanese Officials sign “JEDI” Declaration for Space Cooperation

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the Government of Japan Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Koichi Hagiuda signed a Joint Exploration Declaration of Intent (JEDI) during a virtual meeting on July 9 (July 10 Japan time). The JEDI describes the plans for cooperation regarding the International Space Station and NASA’s Artemis program, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (July 9, 2020) 

Location: JapanDate: July 9, 2020 State of COVID-19 Measures in Japan The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor closely the COVID-19 outbreak in Japan. The Government of Japan has continued to relax restrictions put in place a few months ago. According to press reports, the government plans to increase the maximum number of attendees permitted at …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo, July 8, 2020

Location: Central and Southern Japan Event: Heavy rain continues in prefectures throughout central and southern Japan. Expect sustained rainfall, flooding, and possible landslides, often occurring without warning. U.S. citizens should carefully monitor their local conditions, as well as the Japan Meteorological Agency’s (JMA) updated landslide risks and weather warnings. The JMA has issued …

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The U.S.-Japan Alliance – The Gold Standard in Win-Win Defense Treaties

Sixty years ago, on June 23, 1960, the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan entered into force. Today, in the face of evolving security challenges in the region, the U.S.-Japan Alliance is stronger and more important than it has ever been. 60th Anniversary Commemorative Video Read more on American View Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the U.S.-Japan Alliance

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Passport Renewal in Japan Gets Easier with Online Payment

June 22, 2020 The U.S. Mission in Japan is pleased to announce a convenient way to renew passports for adult U.S. citizens in Japan. Effective June 22, passport renewals by mail will include an online fee payment option. Since Japan Post stopped issuing international money orders in late 2019, most passport applicants renewing in Japan …

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State of International Religious Freedom

In 1998, the U.S. Congress passed the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. Among other provisions, the law created the position of Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, and requires the State Department to submit an annual report to Congress on the status of religious freedom around the world. Each year, U.S. Embassies prepare the initial …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 29, 2020)

Japan continues to experience a steady increase in COVID-19 cases. To reduce the spread of the virus, the Government of Japan has asked residents to avoid crossing prefectural borders for non-essential travel, including during the Golden Week holiday from April 29 to May 6. The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to comply with all …

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Intellectual Property Rights Encourage Innovation and Create Jobs

Each April 26 on World Intellectual Property Day, we discuss how intellectual property (IP) rights impact our lives and how the enforcement of these rights encourages innovation that we have come to depend on to keep our world moving forward. Innovations require a comprehensive IP framework to flourish. The recipe for such a framework includes, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 22, 2020)

Japan continues to experience a steady increase in COVID-19 cases. As of April 21st, more than 11,500 cases have been detected nationwide. The increased number of COVID-19 cases is putting pressure on healthcare capacity, and several prefectures have responded with steps to expand the number of available hospital beds for COVID-19 patients. These steps include …

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Earth Day at 50

Every year, people around the world celebrate Earth Day on April 22. The first Earth Day was in 1970 with 20 million people participating. It generated support in the U.S. for the creation of the Environmental Protection Administration and led to passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 13, 2020)

Location: JapanDate: April 13, 2020 State of Emergency in Japan On April 7, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 for seven prefectures – Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka – for a period of one month until May 6. More prefectures may be added to the list covered …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 10, 2020)

On April 7, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 for seven prefectures – Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka – for a period of one month until May 6. The prime minister outlined measures such as teleworking, social distancing, and e-learning to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, …

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CDA Young’s Statement on the Passing of Irene Hirano Inouye

On behalf of my colleagues in Mission Japan, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and innumerable friends of Irene Hirano Inouye. The strength of the U.S.-Japan partnership is owing in many respects to Ms. Hirano’s lifelong efforts to bring our two countries ever closer together. The U.S.-Japan Council, which she …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 7, 2020)

On April 2, 2020, the U.S Department of State suspended processing of routine passport and citizenship services for U.S. citizens overseas. As of April 8, 2020, and in accordance with this worldwide directive, the Embassy and consulates in Japan have canceled all routine passport and citizenship appointments. Until further notice, we are only able to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 6, 2020)

Certain areas of Japan continue to experience significant increases in COVID-19 cases. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced April 6 that he intends to declare on April 7 a state of emergency regarding the coronavirus pandemic for seven areas of Japan – Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka – for a period of around …

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U.S. Embassy Letter Regarding COVID-19 to U.S. Citizen English Teachers and Advisors in Japan

TO: U.S. Citizen English Teachers and Advisors in JapanDATE: April 1, 2020 The U.S. Embassy has no higher priority than the protection and safety of U.S. citizens in Japan. While all U.S. government-sponsored exchange and teaching programs are suspended, we are aware that throughout the country, thousands of U.S. citizens are working as English teachers …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo

Date: March 26, 2020 Location: Japan Japan’s Enhanced Screening and Quarantine Measures for Travelers from the United States: The Government of Japan has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Effective March 26, all travelers arriving from the United States, including Japanese citizens, will be required to self-quarantine for a …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (March 23, 2020) Location:  Japan Event: Japan’s Enhanced Screening and Quarantine Measures for Travelers from the United States: The government of Japan has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Effective March 26, all travelers arriving from the United States, including Japanese citizens, will be …

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CDC Travel Notice for Japan – Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Japan. Widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported in Japan. Widespread ongoing transmission means that people have been infected with the virus, but how or where they became infected is not known, and virus transmission is …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. …

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Suspension of Routine Visa Services

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and all Consulates in Japan have suspended routine Nonimmigrant visa and Immigrant visa appointments. Diplomatic/official visa applications and other visa applications that do not require an in-person interview are not affected and will continue to be processed at this …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo

March 13, 2020 Location: Japan Event: There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China. The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 110,000 reported cases worldwide. The Government of Japan has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should …

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Coronavirus: U.S. in Action

The U.S. has deployed a “whole-of-America approach” to protect citizens against the coronavirus, with federal, state and local governments, as well as private businesses, banding together to fight the disease, Vice President Pence said. President Trump on March 6 signed into law $8.3 billion in federal funding to bolster federal and state governments’ collaborative …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo

March 12, 2020 Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo

Exercise Increased Caution due to an outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2). A novel (new) coronavirus disease, recently designated as COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in China in December 2019. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization determined the …

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Updates on COVID-19 in Japan

April 2 In a video message to U.S. citizens in Japan, Charge d’Affaires Joe Young discusses the Japanese government’s recent travel restrictions as well as where Americans can get accurate and updated information about COVID-19. March 27 Listen to CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield’s interview with the FOX News Rundown podcast. March 26 The …

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Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Date: February 3, 2020 Location: Tokyo, Japan Event: Coronavirus Outbreak – Travel Restrictions, Safety Measures The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China and subsequently declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). For current …

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Suspension and Limitation on Entry into the United States for Non-U.S. citizens – Updated March 16, 2020

Entry is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation, of non-LPR foreign nationals who were present in the People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe of Great Britain …

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Project-Specific Notice of Funding Opportunities Publication

February 1, 2020 The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan is pleased to announce its publication of twelve Project-Specific Notice of Funding Opportunities. Project-Specific Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) have replaced the Annual Program Statement as the funding mechanism of its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This year’s Project-Specific NOFO topics …

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IVLP Celebrates 80 Years of Cultural Diplomacy

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the Department of State’s premier professional exchange initiative for emerging leaders. The short-term visits foster mutual understanding and develop cultural and professional connections. The program has over 225,000 alumni worldwide, including more than 3,800 Japanese alumni such as Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe; …

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Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the U.S.-Japan Alliance

On January 19, U.S. and Japanese officials celebrated the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-Japan Alliance at a reception co-hosted by Foreign Minister Motegi and Defense Minister Kono. The event brought together political, diplomatic, and military officials in celebration of our enduring partnership. During his remarks, Prime Minister Abe discussed the special bond between President Eisenhower …

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Joint Statement on 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security

The text of the following statement was released by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper for the Government of the United States of America and by Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Taro Kono for the Government of Japan on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Signing …

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Americans Celebrate the Holidays with Diverse Traditions

Americans typically commemorate the new year with time-honored traditions including special foods, parties, fireworks and midnight kisses. But Americans of diverse backgrounds also celebrate the winter holidays with their own special traditions. Popular celebrations include Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, winter solstice celebrations, and the Chinese Lunar New Year, in addition to Christmas. Winter holidays in the …

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Heads or Tails? CDA Young Attends Japan X-League Championship

On December 16, Chargé d’Affaires Joe Young and his family attended the 33rd X-League championship at the Tokyo Dome. Before the game, the CDA was invited onto the field for the coin toss. The family watched a riveting game between the Fujitsu Frontiers and Panasonic Impulse that ended with the Frontiers squeaking to a 28-26 …

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“Go for Gold” School Visits Inspire Children to Become Diplomats

Embassy Press Attaché Jonas Stewart visited Tokyo’s Kinuta Minami Elementary School on Nov. 25 as part of the “Go for Gold” campaign and gave a presentation for the students on studying and living in America. His talk covered such topics as family holiday traditions, American elementary schools, and the U.S. and Japan’s shared love of …

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Joint Exercise Builds Teamwork for U.S. and Japanese Forces

The U.S. Army and Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces are conducting their annual Yama Sakura exercise December 3-16 to build teamwork and underscore their continued commitment to work together for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The exercise is the largest bilateral command post exercise between the U.S. Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. …

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Indo-Pacific Youth Gather for Leadership Conference in Tokyo

Forty-four young leaders between the ages of 20 and 27, representing 16 nations in the Indo-Pacific region, will come together for the Advancing Long-term Leadership Initiative (ALLI): Indo-Pacific Summit to be held in Tokyo, Japan, December 13 and 14. The final group of ALLI Summit participants was selected from more than 500 applicants from the …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Japan Post Bank to Stop Issuing International Postal Money Orders, Change Impacts U.S. Passport Renewals by Mail

November 29, 2019 As of the close of business on December 30, 2019, Japan Post Bank (Yu-cho Bank – JPゆうちょ銀行) will no longer issue International Postal Money Orders. After this date, it will not be possible to purchase money orders for mail-in passport renewals in Japan outside of U.S. military installations as noted below. The …

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International Education Week Highlights Study Abroad Opportunities

International Education Week celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The United States welcomes over 1 million students from around the world. These international students bring different perspectives and make important contributions to the learning environment. American Universities Want YOU! (American View) Study Abroad Prepares Students for Success (Share America) International Education Week 2019

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Meets with Top Japanese Officials

Army General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Japan and South Korea for discussions with leaders on ways to improve bilateral and multilateral cooperation. General Milley said, “The United States, South Korea and Japan are stronger when we are together and shoulder to shoulder.” See more on the Joint Chiefs website Readout of meetings in Japan

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Embassy Tokyo and TOMODACHI Initiative Launch Leadership Program in Sports Management

Los Angeles, November 5, 2019 At the U.S.-Japan Council’s Annual Conference, the TOMODACHI Initiative and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo announced the launch of the TOMODACHI-U.S. Embassy Go for Gold Leadership Program. This innovative program will provide Japanese university students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the field of sports management through …

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State Department Statement on the Passing of Sadako Ogata

Morgan Ortagus, Department SpokespersonOctober 30, 2019 The State Department, along with our international partners and donor governments, remembers the life and work of Sadako Ogata, former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who led the agency from 1991 to 2000.The first woman to be appointed High Commissioner, Mrs. Ogata was a trailblazer. She instituted new …

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Secretary Elaine Chao Leads U.S. Delegation to Enthronement Ceremony

Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao represented the United States at the proclamation of the enthronement ceremony of His Majesty the Emperor. While in Tokyo, Secretary Chao met with Embassy officials, including Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Joe Young, and paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka Palace. Between high-level bilateral …

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Wheelchair Rugby Championship Highlights Diversity in Sports

On October 17, two-time Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby medalist Chuck Aoki met with more than 100 sixth graders at Futako-Tamagawa Elementary School in Setagaya Ward. The visit was part of the Embassy’s “Go for Gold” campaign to build stronger understanding between the United States and Japan ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Aoki shared …

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Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding the Enthronement Ceremony of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan

On behalf of the American people, Melania and I offer our warmest congratulations to the people of Japan on the occasion of the enthronement of the new Emperor and Empress. The advent of the imperial era known as “Reiwa,” meaning “beautiful harmony,” comes at a time in which the bonds of friendship between the American …

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Statement by Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Joseph M. Young on the Aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis

October 15, 2019 The government and people of the United States express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of all who tragically lost their lives due to Typhoon Hagibis. We also send our thoughts and prayers to all those injured and affected by the resultant floods and landslides. We pray for the quick …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Location: Central Japan, including Tokyo (October 12-13, 2019) Event: Based on current tracking, Typhoon Hagibis (Typhoon No. 19) is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Central Japan, including the Tokyo area, beginning Saturday, October 12, 2019, and continuing through Sunday, October 13, 2019. Any …

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Malabar 2019 Strengthens U.S.-Japan-India Naval Cooperation

The U.S. Navy is participating in a trilateral exercise called Malabar 2019 with the Japan Self-Defense Forces and the Indian Navy. This is the 23rd such joint exercise and the first hosted by Japan. A U.S. Navy media report stated, “The multinational aspect of the exercise allows for practical training while honing skills, exchanging cultures, …

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Secretary Pompeo Speaks with Foreign Minister Motegi

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with the new Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi on September 16, 2019. Secretary Pompeo congratulated the Foreign Minister on his new position and reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Japan Alliance. The Secretary reiterated the shared goal of final and fully verified denuclearization of North Korea, and U.S. commitment to continue …

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CDA Young Participates in Tour de Tohoku in Support of Ongoing Regional Recovery

Chargé d’Affaires Joe Young and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Nick Hill participated in Tour de Tohoku, an annual charity bike race supporting the Tohoku region’s ongoing recovery from the 3.11 disaster. CDA Young tweeted, “We continue to pay respect to the victims and their families. Their memories live on through our thoughts, prayers, and …

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Study Abroad Expo Encourages Students to Discover U.S. Opportunities

Embassy Tokyo hosted its annual “America EXPO” college fair at Ochanomizu Sola City on September 7. Over 90 U.S. colleges and universities participated in the event. Approximately 2,000 students attended 13 separate seminars covering a range of topics including scholarships, employment opportunities after studying in the United States, as well as studying abroad as a …

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Embassy to Open at 10:30 a.m. on September 9 due to Typhoon 15

Due to heavy weather from Typhoon No.15, the Embassy will open two hours later than usual on Monday, September 9, 2019. The consular section will open at 10:00 a.m. Applicants who have visa appointments or American Citizen Services appointments before 10:00 a.m. should come to the Embassy after 10:00 a.m. If you experience difficulties coming …

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Baseball Legend Ralph Bryant Visits Setagaya School

Nippon Professional Baseball legend Ralph Bryant spoke with students and parents in Setagaya and conducted a baseball practice session under the rubric of the Embassy’s “Go For Gold” program. In the U.S., Bryant played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but his popularity in Japan stems from his days playing for the Kintetsu Buffaloes. Former San …

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U.S and Japan Agree to Expand Flights at Haneda Airport

U.S. and Japanese officials have signed a deal calling for 24 additional daily flights between Haneda Airport and U.S. cities, paving the way for more visits and closer business ties. This will benefit both the American and Japanese communities. The new flights are expected to begin in March 2020 ahead of the summer 2020 traffic …

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Weather Alert: Typhoon Krosa

Location: Western Japan, including Osaka and Hiroshima (August 14-16, 2019) Event: Typhoon Krosa is expected to bring extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to areas of Western Japan, including Kyushu, Shikoku, and western Honshu, beginning Wednesday, August 14, 2019, and continuing through the early morning of Friday, August 16, 2019, …

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U.S. and Japan Announce Mekong Power Partnership

During the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. and Japan will partner on a new initiative to develop regional electricity grids in the Lower Mekong region. The U.S. is committing an initial $29.5 million to promote a more sustainable energy sector in the Indo-Pacific region. The …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon Season 2019

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo reminds U.S. citizens in Japan that typhoon season has begun and will last through November 2019, though most tropical cyclones typically develop through October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA predicts a 70 percent chance of above-normal tropical cyclone activity in the Pacific during the 2019 typhoon season. In …

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Chargé d’Affaires Joseph Young to Represent the United States of America at Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremonies

Chargé d’Affaires Joseph Young will represent the United States of America at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 6 and the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 9, 2019. These remain days for somber reflection on the tragedy of human conflict and the importance of building a more peaceful world for future generations. On …

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High School Students Learn about U.S.-Japan Relations

The State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs welcomed highschoolers from across the U.S. and Japan to participate in a program called Global Classmates, organized through Kizuna Across Cultures. The students learned about the U.S.-Japan relationship and the impact that people-to-people ties have on foreign policy. Kizuna Across Cultures on Twitter #GlobalClassmates on Twitter EAP bureau

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State Department Commission to Sharpen Focus on Human Rights

The State Department has launched a Commission on Unalienable Rights in order to provide “an informed review of the role of human rights in American foreign policy.” The new commission is chaired by Harvard Law School Professor Mary Ann Glendon and includes scholars, legal experts and activists. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote in a …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Consulates General Fukuoka and Osaka-Kobe

Location: Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Ehime prefectures (July 1, 2019) Event: Heavy rain could cause landslides and flooding in low-lying areas across the country, and officials have issued evacuation advisories for more than 1 million people in Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Ehime prefectures. Any closures of Mission Japan facilities will be communicated via Facebook, Twitter, …

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World Leaders Confer at G20 Summit in Osaka

President Trump arrived in Osaka yesterday for the G20 Summit. In addition to bilateral talks with Prime Minister Abe, which Ambassador Hagerty also attended, the President has held meetings with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The leaders posed for a “family photo,” held plenary sessions …

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State Department Releases Latest Trafficking in Persons Report

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: “We must band together and build momentum to defeat human trafficking. We must hold the perpetrators of this heinous crime accountable. We must achieve justice for survivors as they rebuild their lives. We must reinvigorate our shared commitment to extinguish human trafficking wherever it exists. There is no time …

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SEVIS Fee Will Increase on June 24, 2019

Washington – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finalized changes to fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to international students, exchange visitors and SEVP-certified schools. The new fees will take effect June 24, 2019. Fee increases include: The I-901 SEVIS Fee for F and M international students will increase from …

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Indo-Pacific Friendship Grows from U.S.-Japan Exchanges

The TOMODACHI Initiative is an educational exchange and leadership program jointly organized by the U.S. Embassy and the U.S.-Japan Council, a nonprofit organization. Ambassador Bill Hagerty told donors at a December 2017 event: “TOMODACHI has become the leading institution for cementing people-to-people bonds between our two countries.” He added, “Today, the initiative has sent over …

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Why is America Concerned about 5G?

Next year, fifth-generation wireless technology (5G) will begin to form the backbone of future economies and public services. It will touch every part of our lives, from cellphones to self-driving cars, to critical services such as electrical grids and water systems. Unfortunately, the new infrastructure needed to support 5G can subject countries to threats to …

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Michael Kratsios to Lead U.S. Delegation at G20 Digital Ministerial in Japan

Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy, will travel to Japan to serve as the United States Head of Delegation at the G20 Digital Ministerial in Tsukuba. Mr. Kratsios will advance discussions of key technology and digital economy issues to promote global economic growth and innovation. While in Japan, Mr. Kratsios will …

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Press Release: U.S. Embassy Announces New Partnership with WeWork Japan, U.S.-Japan Council

May 22, 2019 Tokyo – The Embassy of the United States of America, Tokyo, announced today that it has formed a partnership with WeWork Japan G.K and the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) to host public programming at WeWork locations across Japan. Building off a series of successful events hosted at WeWork locations by both …

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Partnership Prepares Pacific Nations for Natural Disasters

The Pacific Partnership, a multinational mission providing disaster response training and humanitarian aid, returns to the Indo-Pacific for its 14th year in 2019. This year’s team includes 500 experts from 11 countries including Japan. They work alongside host nations on infrastructure projects at local schools, health education, and preparedness training for security forces. Read more on Share.America.gov

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U.S. and Japan Discuss Trade Agreement in Washington

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer met with Japan’s Economic Revitalization Minister Toshimitsu Motegi April 15-16 in Washington to continue negotiations on the United States-Japan Trade Agreement. The two officials reaffirmed their shared goal of achieving substantive results on trade in furtherance of the joint statement issued by President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo …

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NATO: 70 Years of Unity, Strength, and Prosperity

The NATO Alliance has been considered the bulwark of international peace and security for 70 years. With a foundation of shared democratic values, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has brought peace, stability, and prosperity to the people and territory of its members. Through the continued unity of its members and commitment to collective defense, the …

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Four U.S. Ambassadors of the Indo-Pacific Gather in Tokyo

Ambassador Bill Hagerty welcomed his colleagues, the U.S. Ambassadors to China, India, and South Korea, for consultations with Japanese officials including Foreign Minister Taro Kono. The four Ambassadors held discussions on wide-ranging issues of common concern in the region. They spoke to the press at a roundtable and then enjoyed a baseball game together at …

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Ambassador Hagerty Travels Around Japan

Ambassador William Hagerty visited Himeji, Takamatsu, Naoshima and Nagasaki March 25-28 and met with local government leaders. The Ambassador and his family toured Himeji castle and traveled to the island of Naoshima to visit museums and view art exhibits emphasizing the coexistence of nature, art, and architecture. The Ambassador also visited Takamatsu’s Isamu Noguchi Garden …

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China’s Crackdown on Uighurs Extends its Borders

Over the past several years, the Chinese government has severely restricted the culture and religious practices of members of Muslim groups, including Uighurs, forcing them to adopt Chinese language and traditions. Now the Chinese government is using the family members of Uighurs abroad as leverage. In some cases, Chinese state security forces threaten to detain …

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Ten Things that Land People in Chinese Internment Camps [Infographic]

Up to 2 million ethnic Uighurs and other members of Muslim minorities have been detained in Chinese internment camps located in China’s Xinjiang province since April 2017. Signs of “potential extremism” that may lead to arrest and detention for these individuals include having “irregular” beards or refusing to consume alcohol or pork. Read more on Share.America.gov

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CPAO Carolyn Glassman Sits Down with Embassy Interns

Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Carolyn Glassman opens up in a video interview about her life as a diplomat and offers career advice for young people. “Don’t be afraid!” is what CPAO Glassman wants young people to keep in mind. Read more on American View Video No. 1 Video No. 2 Video No. 3 Video No. 4 Internship opportunities are posted online here.

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March Madness Explained

Japan has venerable school sports traditions such as the Koshien baseball tournament and the Hakone Ekiden. In America, it’s the NCAA national basketball championship known as March Madness. If you come to study in the U.S., you’ll find that this is the time of year when many college students – and Americans from all walks …

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NASA Schedules its First Women-only Spacewalk on March 29

In a fitting milestone for Women’s History Month in March, NASA is planning to send astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch on NASA’s first women-only spacewalk on March 29. The all-female spacewalk will also be supported by a female ground crew at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Read more via American View More items for Women’s History Month Meet the 2019 International Women of Courage Honoring the 2019 International Women of Courage Five Brilliant Women You Should Know International Women’s Day video

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Ambassador Hagerty Visits Yokohama

On March 15, Ambassador Hagerty participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute in Yokohama to commemorate the Scidmore Sakura Society’s gift of a cherry blossom sapling to the facility. The sapling is a descendant of the cherry trees that Japan donated to the United States in 1912 and …

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Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics Start in 500 Days

A 500-Day Countdown event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics was held in Setagaya Ward on March 10, and Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Carolyn Glassman made remarks at the opening ceremony. As the host town of Team USA, Setagaya Ward has been organizing various exchange events, including a swimming clinic led by Olympic …

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International Visitors to U.S. on the Rise

Japan is the second-largest overseas source of visitors to the U.S., after Great Britain, according to the latest data from the National Travel and Tourism Office in the Department of Commerce. Some 76.9 million people visited the United States in 2017, the most recent year reported. Along with the total number of visitors, international spending …

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Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative

The Trump Administration is launching its W-GDP initiative to advance global women’s economic empowerment. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted: “We are proud to help launch @POTUS whole-of-government approach to advance women’s economic empowerment. Through the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, @StateDept will continue to support women’s economic participation & advance their …

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Celebrating African American History

As we celebrate African American History Month this February, we pay tribute to the struggles and achievements of the people and events that have shaped our nation. The National Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the African American experience, including blogs, videos, exhibitions, and classroom materials. See more via the National Archives Great black musicians (video slideshow)

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Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence

In his 2019 State of the Union address, President Trump stressed the importance of investing in cutting-edge industries of the future. On February 11, the President signed an executive order to encourage further AI research and development. AI technologies are already transforming nearly every area of our lives. Even now at the earliest stages of …

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Secretary Pompeo: Religious Freedom is a Universal Human Right

Each year, the State Department releases its International Religious Freedom Report describing the state of religious freedom in countries around the world. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the passage of the Religious Freedom Act, which promotes religious freedom as an important U.S. foreign policy. Read more on Share.America.gov Why Religious Freedom Matters to Americans The Right to Religious Freedom (Video) The State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report

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A Free and Open Indo-Pacific Benefits All Nations [video]

“The American people and the whole world have a stake in the Indo-Pacific’s peace and prosperity,” Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in 2018. “It’s why the Indo-Pacific must be free and open.” The United States is partnering with regional allies on public-private development projects, regional security programs, and investment …

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Strengthening Global Networks of Women in Business and Security

Societies are more prosperous and peaceful when they empower women to participate fully in civic and economic life. Through its International Visitor Leadership Programs (IVLP), the State Department is building a global network that empowers women at home and abroad to become leaders in their communities and in the global marketplace. Learn more about the …

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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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Olympic Champion Katie Ledecky Promotes “Go for Gold” in Japan

It was all smiles this week when Katie Ledecky held a clinic for young Japanese swimmers at a pool in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward, which is the official host town for Team USA in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Currently a student athlete at Stanford University, Ledecky’s success in the pool makes her a natural partner for …

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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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