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’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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Secretary Tillerson Arrives at the State Department, Delivers Remarks

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered remarks to employees at the State Department on Feb. 2. Secretary Tillerson said, “I ask that you join me in upholding high standards of ethics and professionalism, committing to personal accountability and honesty, and respecting your colleagues.” •  See full text and video on State.gov
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Ambassador Kennedy Speaks at Nuclear Disarmament Working Group

Third Plenary of the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification in Tokyo AMBASSADOR KENNEDY: Good morning. Minister Kikawada, distinguished guests, I want to thank the government of Japan for hosting this third plenary of the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification, and for its important and practical leadership in pursuit of a world without nuclear ...
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Ambassador Kennedy’s Remarks Expressing Apology at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to come here tonight to express my deepest sorrow on behalf of the American government and the American people. This is a terrible tragedy. Our hearts go out to the victim, her family, and her friends. Nothing that I can do or say can make up for their ...
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Ambassador Kennedy’s Statement on President Obama’s Upcoming Visit to Hiroshima

The President’s decision to visit Hiroshima with Prime Minister Abe is a tribute to the spirit of friendship and the enduring alliance between the United States and Japan. His visit will reaffirm our shared commitment to working towards a world without nuclear weapons. I am honored to be the U.S. Ambassador at this time, and ...
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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Visits Earthquake-stricken Kumamoto

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

As the Kumamoto earthquake relief efforts move into their fifth day, all Americans are praying for the safety and well-being of the victims and all those in the affected areas. We are inspired by the resilience of the people of Kyushu, the dedication of government officials, first responders and members of the JSDF, and the ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Speaks at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Good Morning. I am so glad to be here on this beautiful Spring Day to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. I want to thank President Medbury, Vice Chair Diane Steinberg, Ambassador Takahashi and my friend Liz Moynihan – an authority on gardens, ambassadors, and New York – for making this day ...
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Ambassador Kennedy’s Statement on Reported DPRK Nuclear Test

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy spoke with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the Foreign Ministry on Jan. 6, 2016, after North Korea’s announcement that they had carried out an underground nuclear test. AMBASSADOR KENNEDY: Mr. Minister, I am happy to be here this afternoon to express condemnation of the recent announcement. We condemn any violation of the ...
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Ambassador Kennedy at Japan National Press Club

“The United States and Japan: Building the Alliance of the Future” Good Afternoon. Thank you for inviting me to this gathering. I would like to thank Managing Director Nakai for welcoming me here today and Chairman Nishimura of the planning committee for serving as the moderator. And thank you all for coming. All my senior ...
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Ambassador Kennedy’s Statement on Consolidating Facilities & Areas in Okinawa

Good Afternoon. I am honored to join the Chief Cabinet Secretary today to announce an important agreement between the Governments of Japan and the United States regarding the early return of land in Okinawa. Mr. Chief Cabinet Secretary, I want to salute you and the Prime Minister for your leadership, and your deep commitment to ...
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Statement by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy after Meeting Cuban Ambassador Rodriguez Costa

Serving as Ambassador to Japan during the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has shown me the power of reconciliation to change the world. The chance to welcome Cuban Ambassador Rodriguez Costa to the U.S. Embassy as a full diplomatic partner was a special honor. Fifty-two years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Speaks at the ACCJ Women in Business Summit

Good Morning. Thank you Elizabeth. Congratulations Jay on some really powerful remarks, and thank all of you for inviting me back to this important gathering. I’d like to commend the members of the ACCJ Women in Business committee, Elizabeth and Deborah Hayden for all your contributions to making this conference such a success. The partnership ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy on the Let Girls Learn Initiative Announcement with First Lady Michelle Obama

Good Morning. It is an honor to be here with three women I greatly admire to talk about one of the most important issues in the world today – the education of girls and young women. I am deeply saddened by to learn of the loss of Japanese citizens in Tunisia and our hearts go ...
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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Speaks at the U.S.-Japan Business Council

Good Morning. I am honored to be here today to address the US-Japan Business Conference on the occasion of your 51st annual meeting. I would like to thank Chairman Ishihara and Chairman Lechleiter for your leadership over the past year leading to this meeting. It is a pleasure to be here with Chief Cabinet Secretary ...
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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Expresses Sympathy for Those Affected by the Mount Ontake Volcanic Eruption

On Monday, September 29, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy stated: “The U.S. Embassy community joins me in sending our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those affected by the Mount Ontake Volcanic Eruption. We express our condolences to those who have lost loved ones.”
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Tour de Tohoku Bicycle Rally Supports Recovery

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy completed 60 km of the annual Tour de Tohoku bicycle rally on Sept. 14 to support the Tohoku region’s ongoing recovery from the 2011 earthquake disaster. At the starting line at Ishinomaki Senshu University, Ambassador Kennedy said: It’s great to be here and participate in this Tour de Tohoku event. This is ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Celebrates New Boeing 787 Dreamliner

AMBASSADOR KENNEDY: Thank you for having me here today. Hello everyone. It’s a great pleasure to join you at this special demonstration flight to commemorate the delivery of the new stretch version of the Boeing 787 to ANA. I’d like to thank Chairman Ohashi and Chairman Ito and Boeing Japan President Maffeo for making this ...
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Ambassador Kennedy Chats with Students at the Embassy’s Study Abroad Event

Ambassador Kennedy: Welcome and congratulations for having applied for your student visas. Here at the American Embassy we have worked very hard to make the visa process fast and easy to understand, so I hope that we have succeeded. While the process may seem simple, this is actually a day that is going to change ...
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Ambassador Kennedy in Okinawa – Remarks at Irei no Hi Ceremony for USO

AMBASSADOR KENNEDY: Lieutenant General Wissler, Chaplain Creditor, Robin Miller and the USO, Justin Wentworth, honored veterans, distinguished guests – thank you. On behalf of President Obama, my State Department colleagues, and all Americans, I am honored to say a few words at this solemn occasion. Today, we remember the sacrifices of those brave Americans who ...
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Ambassador Kennedy’s Speech at 2014 USJC-ACCJ Women in Business Summit

Good morning and thank you for inviting me to be here.  I would like to commend ACCJ for bringing us together to talk about some of the important issues facing women.  Thanks to Irene Hirano for her leadership of the U.S. –Japan Council and for helping young people in Japan and the United States become ...
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Ambassador Kennedy at Ise for Dogwood Planting Ceremony

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

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

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

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