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  • Three Countries Stand United at Trilateral Talks

    Three Countries Stand United at Trilateral Talks

    Jan. 28 - U.S. special representative for North Korea policy Sung Kim (right) stands with South Korea's Hwang Joon-kook and Japan's Junichi Ihara as they begin trilateral talks on North Korean denuclearization.

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  • Ambassador Kennedy Meets Tokyo University Students

    Ambassador Kennedy Meets University Students

    Jan. 23 - Ambassador Caroline Kennedy met with students at the University of Tokyo for lively discussion of the U.S.-Japan partnership and the role of global citizens. She highlighted the importance of study-abroad experience.

  • Looking Ahead to the State of the Union

    President Obama Delivers State of the Union Address

    Jan. 21 - Speaking to a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama said, "A brighter future is ours to write. Let's begin this new chapter - together - and let's start the work right now."

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  • Remembering the Kobe Earthquake 20 Years Later

    Remembering the Kobe Earthquake 20 Years Later

    Jan. 17 - On the 20th anniversary of the Great Kobe Earthquake, which devastated the Hanshin region in 1995, we remember all those who were affected by this horrific disaster and honor the survivors who rebuilt.

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News from the Embassy

  • Statement by Ambassador Kennedy

    Jan. 25 - "On behalf of the American people, I extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Haruna Yukawa. We pray for the safe release of Kenji Goto, and we are keeping the Japanese people in our thoughts during this difficult time."

  • USTR Froman Speaks on the Benefits of Trade and TPP

    Jan. 23 - USTR Michael Froman, speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said TPP "will grow our exports by more than $123 billion every year, according to one study, and support hundreds of thousands of additional well-paying jobs."

  • Japan Ratifies CSC Convention on Nuclear Accidents

    Jan. 16 - Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the ratification "will assure prompt and meaningful compensation in the event of a nuclear accident and will facilitate international cooperation on nuclear projects such as ongoing clean-up work at the Fukushima site."

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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 2013

    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 »

  • TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program
    TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program

    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 ... »

  • 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 »

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