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  • First Lady Speaks on "Let Girls Learn" in Tokyo

    First Lady Launches "Let Girls Learn" in Tokyo

    March 20 - First Ladies Michelle Obama and Akie Abe participated in a U.S.-Japan joint event with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy at Iikura House to promote the "Let Girls Learn" educational initiative.

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  • DCM Hyland Visits Niigata Prefecture

    DCM Jason Hyland Visits Niigata Prefecture

    March 11 - During a recent visit to Niigata Prefecture, Deputy Chief of Mission Jason Hyland visited the site from which Megumi Yokota is believed to have been abducted by the DPRK. He also spoke on U.S.-Japan relations to the Niigata Japan-America Society.

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  • Students Remember 3.11 and TOMODACHI Ties

    Students Remember 3.11 and TOMODACHI Ties

    March 11 - A group of TOMODACHI students met with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, U.S.-Japan Council President Irene Hirano, and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to discuss the 3.11 disaster and the importance of the bilateral relationship in assisting recovery.

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  • Plum Blossoms in Ibaraki Prefecture

    Plum Blossoms in Ibaraki Prefecture

    March 9 - Ambassador Caroline Kennedy visited Ibaraki Prefecture for the first time and met with Governor Masaru Hashimoto as well as touring JAXA facilities and other locations.

  • JFK Expo Opens at the National Archives

    JFK Expo Opens at the National Archives

    March 6, - Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, Prime Minister Abe and National Archives officials open the exhibition "JFK: His Life and Legacy." The free exhibition runs through May 10 and features items from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

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  • Osakabe Wins International Women of Courage Award

    Osakabe Wins International Women of Courage Award

    March 5 - Sayaka Osakabe, founder of Matahara Net, was awarded the Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award, which honors women around the globe for their exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, equality, and social progress.

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  • Ambassador Caroline Kennedy with former Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Ichiro Fujisaki at the Feb. 27 "Hinamatsuri" reception at the Ambassador's residence

    Hina Matsuri with the America-Japan Society

    March 2 - Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and former Ambassador to the U.S. Ichiro Fujisaki hosted a reception to celebrate the Japanese Doll's Festival including a set of traditional dolls sent to the Kennedy White House in 1962.

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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."

    • Full Report
    • Japan Section
    • 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."
        • Full report
        • Japan section
        • Secretary Kerry's remarks at the report's release 

  • 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 »

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    The Electronic System for Travel Authorization, commonly called ESTA, has been updated. More information available from Customs and Border Protection.

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  • 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.