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  • Kunchi Festival Celebrates Sister Cities

    Celebrating Sister Cities at the Kunchi Festival

    Oct. 8 - U.S. Diplomats joined citizens of Nagasaki and St. Paul, Minnesota in celebrating their 60 years as Sister Cities, during the Kunchi festival. The two cities were the first to establish a Sister City relationship between the U.S. and Japan.

  • Deputy Secretary Blinken in Japan

    Deputy Secretary Blinken Visits Japan

    Oct. 5 - Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy visited the Fujifilm Open Innovation Hub in Tokyo to see state-of-the-art innovation. During his visit, Blinken also met with the American Chamber of Commerce and young Japanese entrepreneurs.

  • Tohoku Torii Returns from Oregon

    Tohoku Torii Returns from Oregon after Tsunami

    Oct. 1 - Shinto priests bless two cross-pieces from a torii gate washed away in the 3.11 tsunami and beached in Oregon two years later. Ambassador Kennedy attended the rededication ceremony in Yokohama. [Story from Oregon Live]

  • Art Celebrates Close U.S.-Japan Ties

    Art Celebrates Close U.S.-Japan Ties

    Sept. 30 - Ambassador Caroline Kennedy spoke at a rededication ceremony for the artwork "Amidakuji" in Tameike Sanno station. She was joined by Tokyo Metro officials, artist Miran Fukuda, McDonald's Co. representatives and staff of artistic patron Joan Mondale, wife of former Ambassador Walter Mondale. (See artwork)

News from the Embassy

  • Ambassador Kennedy Welcomes Landmark TPP Agreement

    Oct. 6 - Ambassador Caroline Kennedy wrote, "I am delighted at the announcement in Atlanta of a deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This is a monumental achievement that will help ensure continued economic growth and prosperity for our countries and for the Asia-Pacific region."

  • TPP Deepens Strategic Relationships in the Asia-Pacific

    Oct. 5 - After five years of intense negotiations - the U.S., Japan and 10 other Pacific countries have agreed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. This is a critical step forward in strengthening economic and strategic ties in the region.

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Due to the U.S. State Department’s worldwide system maintenance, U.S. Embassy Tokyo will be unable to conduct visa interviews on Friday, October 9, 2015. Visa applicants who have scheduled a non-immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo on Friday, October 9, 2015 must change their appointment online as soon as possible.

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