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  • Assistant Secretary Rose Speaks at American Center Japan

    Assistant Secretary Rose Speaks at American Center

    Feb. 26 - Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control Frank Rose gave a talk entitled "A Modern U.S.-Japan Alliance" focusing particularly on cyber and outer space security initiatives.

    ALSO:  Story
  • Courtesy Call at the Justice Ministry

    Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call at the Justice Ministry

    Feb. 23 - Ambassador Caroline Kennedy paid a courtesy call on Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa at the Ministry of Justice in Tokyo. It was the first visit by Ambassador Kennedy since Kamikawa became Justice Minister last October.

  • CODEL Meets Prime Minister Abe in Tokyo

    CODEL Meets Prime Minister Abe in Tokyo

    Feb. 20 - Representative Paul Ryan led a Congressional delegation to Japan and met with Prime Minister Abe and other Japanese officials to discuss a variety of issues.

    ALSO:  Photos
  • Deputy Secretary Blinken at Keizai Doyukai

    Deputy Secretary Blinken at Keizai Doyukai

    Feb. 17 - Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke on economic policy in Asia at a Feb. 13 event hosted by the Keizai Doyukai.

    ALSO:  Story
  • Ambassador Kennedy's Visit to Hokkaido

    Ambassador Kennedy's Visit to Hokkaido

    Feb. 14 - On her first official trip to Hokkaido, Ambassador Kennedy visited the Ainu Museum in Shiraoi with Hokkaido Governor Harumi Takahashi to learn about Ainu history and culture, and how the government is working to preserve and share the Ainu indigenous culture.

    ALSO:  Photos
  • U/S Sherman Holds Embassy Press Conference

    U/S Sherman Holds Embassy Press Conference

    Feb. 2 - Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman met the press and discussed a variety of issues during her two-day visit to Japan.

    ALSO:  Story Photos

News from the Embassy

  • 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.