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 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 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]
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
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."
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.
Sept. 29 - President Obama met with President Raul Castro of Cuba to discuss recent advances in relations between the United States and Cuba.
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