March 11 - During a recent visit to Niigata Prefecture, Deputy Chief of Mission Jason Hyland visited the site from which Megumi Yokota is believed to have been abducted by the DPRK. He also spoke on U.S.-Japan relations to the Niigata Japan-America Society.ALSO: Story
March 11 - A group of TOMODACHI students met with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, U.S.-Japan Council President Irene Hirano, and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to discuss the 3.11 disaster and the importance of the bilateral relationship in assisting recovery.ALSO: Story
Plum Blossoms in Ibaraki Prefecture
March 9 - Ambassador Caroline Kennedy visited Ibaraki Prefecture for the first time and met with Governor Masaru Hashimoto as well as touring JAXA facilities and other locations.
March 6, - Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, Prime Minister Abe and National Archives officials open the exhibition "JFK: His Life and Legacy." The free exhibition runs through May 10 and features items from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.ALSO: Story
March 5 - Sayaka Osakabe, founder of Matahara Net, was awarded the Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award, which honors women around the globe for their exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, equality, and social progress.ALSO: Story
News from the Embassy
March 19 - With First Lady Michelle Obama visiting Japan, the United States and Japan are forming a partnership to elevate the issue of girls' education on their shared development agenda.
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.
March 5 - First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Japan March 18-20 promoting her "Let Girls Learn" initiative to increase educational opportunities.
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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
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 »
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