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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U.S. Embassy Tokyo Releases Video Explaining to Travelers How to Access the Official Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

All travelers from Visa Waiver Countries, which includes Japan, who are travelling to the United States without a visa for temporary business or pleasure under 90 days are required to apply for Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The Embassy has released, via its website and social media, a step-by-step instruction on how to apply ...
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Ambassador William “Bill” Hagerty IV Remarks to Workers During Visit to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

March 16, 2018 On Friday, March 16, 2018, U.S. Ambassador to Japan William F. Hagerty visited the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant for the first time, to learn about what happened at the plant in the immediate aftermath of the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, and see the progress that has been made over the last ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Robert Rapson to Represent the United States of America at the August 6, 2017, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Chargé d’Affaires Robert Rapson will represent the United States of America at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 6, 2017. August 6 and August 9 remain days for somber reflection on the tragedy of human conflict and for a renewed commitment to building a more peaceful world.
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U.S. Mission Japan Chargé Reads Celebratory Message from U.S. Vice President Michael R. Pence at 100th Anniversary of the America-Japan Society

Press Release April 13, 2017 Tokyo, Japan U.S. Mission Japan Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Jason Hyland delivered remarks at the 100th anniversary gala of the America-Japan Society (AJS) at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo on April 13. Their Imperial Majesties, Prime Minister Abe, Foreign Minister Kishida, and 500 other key supporters of the U.S.-Japan relationship ...
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Robert Rapson to Represent the U.S. at the 2016 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Chargé d’Affaires Robert Rapson will represent the United States of America at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, the site of President Obama’s historic visit in May, the first by a sitting U.S. president. August 6 and 9 remain days for somber reflection and a renewed commitment to building a more peaceful world. While Ambassador Caroline ...
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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Participates in CULCON Meeting in Tokyo

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy participated in the 27th plenary meeting of the United States-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) today in Tokyo. During the program, Ambassador Kennedy accepted an invitation to serve as an honorary member of CULCON. She lauded the binational organization for its leadership in promoting educational exchange between the United States ...
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Ambassador Kennedy’s Remarks Expressing Apology at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy traveled to Kurashiki to participate in the G7 Education Ministerial. Ambassador Kennedy and the U.S. delegation enjoyed lunch with the students of Oimatsu Elementary School and observed a kendo class at the Nishi Middle School. The delegation also spoke with MEXT officials about the importance of U.S.-Japan efforts to increase student exchange. ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Attends G7 Energy Ministerial in Kitakyushu

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

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

As the Kumamoto earthquake relief efforts move into their fifth day, all Americans are praying for the safety and well-being of the victims and all those in the affected areas. We are inspired by the resilience of the people of Kyushu, the dedication of government officials, first responders and members of the JSDF, and the ...
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U.S.-Japan Aviation Talks to Bring Daytime Trans-Pacific Flights to Haneda

Delegations representing the governments of the United States and Japan announced in Tokyo today that they have successfully negotiated an amendment to their Open Skies agreement. The proposed amendment provides for the first time since 1978 daytime services by U.S. and Japanese air carriers between the United States and Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), the busiest ...
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Statement from Ambassador Caroline Kennedy on the Successful Conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

I am delighted at the announcement in Atlanta of agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This is a monumental achievement that will help ensure continued economic growth and prosperity for our countries and for the Asia-Pacific region. Thanks to the strong leadership of President Obama and Prime Minister Abe, and the hard work of our ...
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Ambassador Kennedy and Under Secretary Gottemoeller Represent the U.S. at the 2015 Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony

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

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller represented the United States of America at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 6, 2015. Ambassador Kennedy first visited the Peace Memorial in 1978, with her uncle, Senator Edward Kennedy. She represented the United States at the ceremony in 2014. ...
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Ambassador Kennedy’s Meeting with Okinawa Governor Onaga

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

Three officials of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) – Drs. Irene Qualters, Kevin Thompson, and William Chang – are currently in Japan for discussions with the Japan National Institute of Informatics (NII), the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and other entities to address the growing importance of global sharing of research ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Opens Registration for Japanese Delegation to 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit

U.S. Embassy today announced that registration for participation in the Japanese delegation for the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit is now open. The Summit will enable more Japanese companies, especially those that are new to investing in the U.S., to answer key questions more efficiently, such as why, how and where to invest. Last year, Japan ...
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TOMODACHI Initiative Launches New Partnerships to Foster Exchanges Between the United States and Japan

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

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

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

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

The United States and Japan today jointly released the Interim Report of the ongoing revision of the U.S.-Japan Guidelines for Defense Cooperation. The revised Guidelines, which are expected to be finalized by the end of the year, will establish an expanded and more flexible framework for Alliance cooperation to ensure the peace and security of ...
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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Expresses Sympathy for Those Affected by the Mount Ontake Volcanic Eruption

On Monday, September 29, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy stated: “The U.S. Embassy community joins me in sending our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those affected by the Mount Ontake Volcanic Eruption. We express our condolences to those who have lost loved ones.”
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Hague Abduction Convention Experts’ Meetings in Tokyo Come to a Close

On September 17-18, the U.S. Embassy Tokyo and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues hosted successful meetings in Tokyo with Japanese officials and other experts regarding the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The meetings increased mutual understanding of U.S. and Japanese programs and procedures related to parental ...
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Calling All Japanese Students: Learn about Studying in the United States at “AMERICA EXPO 2014”

“AMERICA EXPO 2014,” an annual college fair for Japanese young people interested in studying in the United States, kicks off at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 13 at the Akihabara UDX building in Tokyo. The event, which attracted more than 1,000 people in 2013, is free and open to the public. Representatives from over 60 ...
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Scholars Selected for 2014 TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund

The TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund, Part of Suntory Group’s “Suntory Tohoku Sunsun Project,” was established in 2013 and provides scholarships to Japanese students to study at three of the most prestigious music schools in the United States. Students from the three Tohoku prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima receive preferential consideration for these scholarships. ...
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TOMODACHI Initiative and Honda announce 2015 TOMODACHI Honda Cultural Exchange Program

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

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

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

The TOMODACHI Initiative (TOMODACHI) and SoftBank Corp. (SoftBank) are pleased to announce that the 100 participants for the ‘TOMODACHI Summer 2014 SoftBank Leadership Program’ have been selected. This program, which is funded by SoftBank, will start on July 22nd, 2014, and end on August 12th, 2014. High school students from the three prefectures affected by ...
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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy’s Statement on Her Visit to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Earlier today, I visited the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station. I am grateful to the Tokyo Electric Power Company and relevant Japanese government authorities for making this visit possible. I was struck that more than three years after the tragic events of March 11, 2011, the destructive force of the Great East Japan Earthquake and ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Praises TOMODACHI Women

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy congratulated the 58 women of the TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program in a conference at the Hotel Okura on April 12. Launched in 2013 in both Tokyo and Kansai, the 10-month mentorship program pairs highly motivated Japanese female university students with Japanese female mid-career professionals. “To the mentors and mentees, I applaud ...
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World Smart Energy Week 2014 (U.S. Pavilion at Fuel Cell Expo 2014)

U.S. companies seeking to develop new contacts and trade leads with buyers and decision-makers in the Asian renewable energy market should consider visiting World Smart Energy Week 2014, February 26-28, 2014 at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan. World Smart Energy Week, certified under the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Fair Certification Program, is focused ...
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U.S. and Japan Sign Agreement on Preventing and Combating Serious Crime (PCSC)

The United States and Japan today signed a bilateral Agreement on Preventing and Combating Serious Crime (PCSC). The Agreement, by enhancing information sharing, will allow U.S. and Japanese law enforcement agencies to improve cooperation in efforts to combat terrorism and transnational crime. By signing the Agreement, Japan ensures its continued participation in the Visa Waiver ...
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TOMODACHI Summer 2014 Coca-Cola Educational Homestay Program

Internet recruitment for participants has opened The TOMODACHI Initiative and the Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund has started recruiting for the TOMODACHI Summer 2014 Coca-Cola Educational Homestay Program. Sixty high school students from the three disaster-affected areas of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures will have the opportunity visit the United States from July 21 to August ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Recognizes Japanese Entrepreneurs

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy hosted the fourth annual “The Entrepreneur Awards Japan” (TEAJ) ceremony at her Residence on January 29 as part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to promote the growth of entrepreneurship and innovation in Japan, especially in cooperation with U.S. business. Ambassador Kennedy spoke about the vital role that entrepreneurship will play in Japan’s ...
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TOMODACHI, SoftBank Announce 2014 Leadership Program

Japanese High Schoolers from Tohoku Will Be Given Opportunity to Study in California The TOMODACHI Initiative and SoftBank are pleased to announce the “TOMODACHI Summer 2014 SoftBank Leadership Program.” Fully funded by SoftBank, this program will send approximately 100 Japanese high school students from the disaster affected prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima to the ...
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U.S. Government Welcomes Japan as Hague Abduction Convention Partner

Looking forward to comprehensive implementation of the Convention in Japan January 27, 2014 The United States welcomes Japan’s formal declaration to the Dutch Foreign Ministry on January 24 that Japan has ratified the Hague Abduction Convention. The Convention will enter into force between the United States and Japan on April 1, 2014. We applaud the ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Welcomes Koji Uehara and the Red Sox Nation to Her Residence

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy welcomed Red Sox fans to her home this evening to celebrate the 2013 World Series Championship. Along with Tokyo’s own Musashi Fuchu Little League Baseball World Champions and representatives of Japan’s Women’s National Softball Team, the Red Sox Nation in Japan gathered to welcome Red Sox star pitchers Koji Uehara and Junichi ...
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Statement on Prime Minister Abe’s December 26 Visit to Yasukuni Shrine

Japan is a valued ally and friend. Nevertheless, the United States is disappointed that Japan’s leadership has taken an action that will exacerbate tensions with Japan’s neighbors. The United States hopes that both Japan and its neighbors will find constructive ways to deal with sensitive issues from the past, to improve their relations, and to ...
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Joint Announcement on a Framework Regarding Environmental Stewardship at U.S. Armed Forces Facilities and Areas in Japan

The Government of Japan and the U.S. Government recognize the two Governments’ successful efforts on the environment, including 36 years of close cooperation in the Environmental Subcommittee and other relevant subcommittees of the Joint Committee, as well as the implementation of the “Joint Statement of Environmental Principles” announced in 2000. Bearing in mind such bilateral ...
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Six Major Companies Join as Key Partners in TOMODACHI Initiative

Ambassador Kennedy welcomes new support for U.S.-Japan Exchanges Six leading global companies today become the newest partners in the TOMODACHI Initiative, a groundbreaking public-private partnership. The TOMODACHI Initiative was launched following the Great East Japan Earthquake by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the U.S.-Japan Council, an educational non-profit organization, with the support of the ...
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Statement by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy on the Death of Nelson Mandela

In his autobiography, Nelson Mandela wrote, “I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.” Those days sadly have come to an end, but Mandela’s legacy continues to inspire us to guard the torch of freedom for generations to come. From his cramped cell on Robben Island, Mandela emerged as an icon ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Japan Joins Twitter @CarolineKennedy

Newly arrived Ambassador Caroline Kennedy launched her Twitter account today using the handle @CarolineKennedy. Her first tweet read: So excited to be here in beautiful Japan! Starting work as #AmbKennedy @StateDept http://goo.gl/ZWnioB In the coming days and months, Ambassador Kennedy will tweet regularly as she carries out her official duties. She will use Twitter to keep ...
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