Vice President Michael R. Pence Congratulates the America-Japan Society on its Centennial

April 13, 2017

Congratulations to the America-Japan Society on the occasion of its centennial anniversary.

The United States has long valued the importance of our enduring alliance, close partnership, and deep friendship with Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the first world leader President Donald J. Trump met after the election, and I look forward to visiting Japan on my first official visit to Asia as Vice President next week.

The U.S.-Japan alliance and broader relationship is rooted in and sustained by the deep bonds between our citizens. The America-Japan Society, one of the oldest and most venerable bilateral exchange organizations, has nurtured thousands of such enduring ties between Americans and Japanese from all walks of life over the past century.

I commend the America-Japan Society for its many accomplishments in bringing our two countries closer together. May it continue its vital work in strengthening the U.S.-Japan partnership for the next 100 years and beyond.

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