April 29 - President Barack Obama welcomed Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a gala arrival ceremony on the White House South Lawn. The state visit will cap a series of important agreements that will further strengthen the U.S.-Japan Alliance.ALSO: Story
Ambassador Kennedy at Hiroshima University
April 20 - On her recent visit to Hiroshima, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy stopped at Hiroshima University for a roundtable discussion with students about study abroad and efforts to ensure lasting peace in the world.
News from the Embassy
May 14 - Assistant Secretary of State Daniel R. Russel testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on May 14 saying, "America’s alliances and partnerships guarantee security within the region, as they have for decades." Assistant Secretary Rivkin also testified.
May 13 - Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel R. Russel spoke about issues in the East China Sea and South China Sea.
May 11 - Speaking with the Yomiuri Shimbun, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy spoke of the strong women in her family and urged society to support mothers
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In the News
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
Feb. 28 - Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on Feb. 27, 2014. These annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The State Department submits these reports to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974. More »
The TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program pairs highly motivated Japanese female university students with Japanese female mid-career professionals to encourage networking and build a new generation of leaders. This year's program runs from June 2014 through March 2015. Learn 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 »
For Americans in Japan
Notice: There will be no visa services at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo on Friday, May 29.
- Watch these handy videos showing how to get a non-immigrant visa. [Here]
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization, commonly called ESTA, has been updated. More information available from Customs and Border Protection.
Japan Government Information
- 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.