April 23 - Some 40 U.S. and Japanese schoolchildren enjoyed a day of cultural exchange at the Japan Information and Culture Center in Washington. The event was hosted by Ambassador Sasae and his wife along with Ambassador Peter Selfridge, the State Department protocol chief.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.
April 17 - Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcomed Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki and Republic of Korea Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yong to Washington for the first trilateral meeting between the three countries at the Vice Foreign Minister level.ALSO: Story
News from the Embassy
April 21 - Expo Milano 2015 opens May 1 with the focus on sustainability and feeding the planet. Secretary of State John Kerry introduces the USA Pavilion in a blogpost.
April 1 - March brought women's rights activists and government officials to the United Nations in New York for the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
March 11 - The U.S. Embassy offers its continued sympathy and support for the victims of the 3.11 Triple Disaster and is proud to contribute to the "Flowers Will Bloom" project.
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A public-private partnership investing in the next generation of Japanese and Americans.
Commemorating a 100-year friendship legacy, the U.S. is giving 3,000 dogwood trees to Japan.
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 the following days:
• April 22 (Afternoon)
• April 24
- 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.