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  • Secretary Kerry on the Benefits of TPP

    Secretary Kerry on the Benefits of TPP

    May 20 - Secretary of State John Kerry toured a Boeing factory in the Seattle area and said in a speech that TPP will mean America continues as a leading force for prosperity and security in the Asia-Pacific.

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  • Members of Congress in the Asian Pacific Caucus meet on-stage at the symposium

    May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

    May 14 - The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus held its annual symposium for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 13.
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  • President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and first ladies Michelle Obama and Akie Abe, wave from the Truman Balcony of the White House in Washington, on April 28 during a state arrival ceremony. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Prime Minister Abe Visits the United States

    April 29 - President Barack Obama welcomed Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a gala arrival ceremony on the White House South Lawn. The state visit will cap a series of important agreements that will further strengthen the U.S.-Japan Alliance.

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  • Ambassador Kennedy Meets Hiroshima University Students

    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.

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  • 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."

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    • 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."
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  • 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 »

Visa Information

  • Notice: There will be no visa services at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo on Friday, May 29.

  • 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.