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  • ACCJ Women in Business Summit

    ACCJ Women in Business Summit

    June 29 - Ambassador Caroline Kennedy spoke at the Women in Business Summit organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. The Ambassador appeared on-stage with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. [Full Text]

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  • Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

    June 26 - The White House is lit with the colors of the rainbow in celebration of the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. #LoveWins

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  • Student Visa Day Promotes Study Abroad

    Student Visa Day Promotes Study Abroad

    June 22 - Ambassador Caroline Kennedy addressed Japanese college students set to begin a year-long study abroad program in the U.S. Ambassador Kennedy congratulated them for "having the courage and the spirit of adventure to undertake this journey."

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  • Disability Rights Pioneer Meets Young Japanese

    Disability Rights Pioneer Meets Young Japanese

    June 19 - Disability rights pioneer John Wodatch met with young leaders of DPI-Japan, a Japanese disability rights movement, at Tokyo Big Sight. DPI-Japan participants are set to visit the U.S. on a TOMODACHI program for the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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  • Ambassador Kennedy Tries Traditional Japanese Drums

    Ambassador Kennedy Tries Out Traditional Drums

    June 15 - Ambassador Caroline Kennedy visited Aomori Prefecture last week and experienced a Japanese "taiko" drum performance with her cousin Maria Shriver at the Nebuta Warasse Museum.

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  • Ambassador Kennedy Launches TeamUp Campaign

    Ambassador Launches TeamUp Campaign

    June 1 - Ambassador Caroline Kennedy launched a new program called TeamUp-USJapan.org to promote innovative student exchange for U.S. and Japanese schools. Ambassador Kennedy said, "For generations, student exchange has formed the bedrock of our people-to-people ties."

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News from the Embassy

  • State Department Releases Latest Human Rights Report

    June 25 - Secretary of State John Kerry wrote, "We at the Department of State will continue to press governments to uphold fundamental freedoms. We remain committed to advocating on behalf of civil society and speaking out for the protection of human rights for all individuals."

  • President Obama Supports Young Southeast Asian Leaders

    June 9 - "You're inspiring to me and I've made it clear America wants to be your partner, we want to help you succeed," President Obama told 75 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) fellows at the White House on June 1.

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Your network for advice about studying abroad in the United States

TOMODACHI
A public-private partnership investing in the next generation of Japanese and Americans.

Welcome to the USA!
Discover the nature, history and culture of our vast land that celebrates diversity. See also: Recreation.gov

Dogwood Initiative
Commemorating a 100-year friendship legacy, the U.S. is giving 3,000 dogwood trees to Japan.

In the News

  • Religious Freedom Report for 2013
    Religious Freedom Report for 2013

    July 29 - Secretary of State John Kerry announced the latest Religious Freedom Report calling it a "demonstration of the abiding commitment of the American people to the advancement of freedom of religion worldwide."

    • Full Report
    • Japan Section
    • Secretary Kerry's remarks 

  • Trafficking in Persons Report
    Trafficking in Persons Report

    June 23 - The State Department has issued its annual Trafficking in Persons Report for 2014. Secretary of State John Kerry said, "Our work with victims is the key that will open the door to real change - not just on behalf of the more than 44,000 survivors who have been identified in the past year, but also for the more than 20 million victims of trafficking who have not."
        • Full report
        • Japan section
        • Secretary Kerry's remarks at the report's release 

  • Human Rights
    Human Rights Reports Issued for 2014

    June 25 - In his introduction to the latest Human Rights Report, Secretary of State John Kerry wrote, "We at the Department of State will continue to press governments to uphold fundamental freedoms. We remain committed to advocating on behalf of civil society and speaking out for the protection of human rights for all individuals."  More »

  • Trans-Pacific Partnership - One-page Introduction
    Trans-Pacific Partnership - One-page Introduction

    Sept. 20 - "The TPP will boost our economies, lowering barriers to trade and investment, increasing exports, and creating more jobs for our people ... the TPP has the potential to be a model not only for the Asia-Pacific but for future trade agreements." - President Barack Obama  More »

Visa Information

  • Visa Interview Procedures Watch these handy videos showing how to get a non-immigrant visa. [Here]
  • ESTA logo

    The Electronic System for Travel Authorization, commonly called ESTA, has been updated. More information available from Customs and Border Protection.

Japan Government Information

  • Prime Minister's Office For the latest Japanese government health and safety information (in English), see the newly designed Web portal of the Office of the Prime Minister of Japan.