July 31 - Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, briefed Pentagon reporters on the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, successful engagement with partners, and efforts for continued stability and security.
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 and the entire U.S. Government to the advancement of freedom of religion worldwide." [Japan Section]ALSO: Story
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.ALSO: Story
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Aug. 1 - The Vice President welcomed Japan's new policy on collective self-defense, which the two leaders agreed will enhance the U.S.-Japan alliance and enable Japan to make even greater contributions to regional and global peace and security.
July 30 - Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues Robert R. King spoke before the Congressional Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on the current situation in the DPRK.
July 28 - The State Department released satellite photos (PDF) providing evidence that Russia has attacked Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by phone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov urging him to stop artillery fire from Russia into Ukraine.
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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."
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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 »
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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