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  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomes Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at the Pentagon on July 11. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Hagel, Onodera Discuss Military Cooperation

    July 16 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel held his first meeting July 11 with Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera since Tokyo announced it would reinterpret Japan's pacifist constitution to allow the country to take on greater military responsibilities.

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  • Prime Minister Abe Offers Condolences for Ambassador Baker

    Condolences for Ambassador Baker

    June 30 - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Embassy to sign a condolence book for former Ambassador Howard Baker, who died on June 26.

  • In Memoriam: Former Ambassador Howard Baker

    In Memoriam: Former Ambassador Howard Baker

    June 27 - The Embassy mourns the loss of former Ambassador Howard H. Baker, who died June 26 at his home in Tennessee. Ambassador Baker served as Ambassador from July 2001 to February 2005 under President George W. Bush.

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  • Ambassador Kennedy places a commemorative wreath in the USO ceremony remembering victims of the Battle of Okinawa.

    Ambassador Kennedy Visits Okinawa for "Irei no Hi"

    June 25 - In commemoration of the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy participated in "Irei no Hi" ("day to console the dead") ceremonies at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman.

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  • Ambassador Caroline Kennedy with former Secretary of State Colin Powell and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son

    Bloom, Softbank Cooperate on Clean Energy Server

    June 20 - SoftBank and Bloom Energy Japan unveiled the Bloom Energy Server on June 17. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said the clean energy fuel cell system supplies 14% of the electricity for his company headquarters.

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  • Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama at the conference

    Japan, U.S. Collaborate on Nuclear Energy

    June 18 - The 3rd U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation saw experts meeting in Tokyo to assess progress and agree on specific plans for action in the coming year.

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    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."
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    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 »

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    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. Prospective mentors and mentees can apply now for the 10-month program, which will run from June 2014 through March 2015.   Learn more ... »

  • 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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