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."ALSO: Video
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.ALSO: Story
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."ALSO: Story
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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."
June 9 - An openly gay, married father of two young children, Randy Berry was recently appointed as U.S. special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) persons. [Video]
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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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."
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."
Secretary Kerry's remarks at the report's release
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 »
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 »
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