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Vol.10
May 2008
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Stalemate in the Diet
The Foreign Press Center of Japan reports that the government failed to extend a special tax measures law beyond its expiration on March 31 and to keep alive the provisional gasoline tax rate which is exclusively channeled to national road construction programs. The upper house of the Diet, whose majority is the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), refused to act on the special measures bill that was passed by the lower house controlled by the ruling LDP and New Komeito Party. The law lapsed, and the gasoline price at the pump went down by 95 yen per gallon...

New Jersey's Cherry Blossomland
Each April, Essex County and the Japanese American Citizens League hold a Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the coming spring and the beauty of the sakura trees at Branch Brook Park. This year's week-long event, the 32nd annual festival, featured a Cherry Blossom Run, concert, bicycle tour and the 2008 Essex County Blossomfest, held on April 20th.
Branch Brook Park (located between Newark and Belleville, in Essex County, New Jersey), was the first county park opened for public use in the United States in 1865.

20th Ship for World Youth
" For the past 20 years, the Japanese government has been experimenting with a revolutionary idea on how to bring about peace and cultural understanding between Japan and the international community. It is called the Ship for World Youth (SWY) Program. In January of 2008, nearly 260 (about 120 Japanese and 140 foreign) youths from 14 countries gathered in Tokyo and embarked upon a life altering cross-cultural journey aboard a ship for six weeks. Learning and exchange took ..."



Japan Day Returns to Central Park
On Sunday June 1, the center of Manhattan will be transformed into a Japanese summer celebration. This year's Japan Day will take place at the East Meadow, the north-east part of Central Park, an open area that can accommodate 35,000 people. The festival is a perfect chance for New Yorkers to get together in the park and to get in touch with the traditions and contemporary culture of Japan.
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JETRO Launches a New Website
JETRO in North America has named its new site "Cool Japan," and it was created to bring you the "hidden gems" of Japan that have yet to be discovered on this side of the Pacific. It introduces things like the coolest Japanese cuisine, fashions, and designs.
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Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian-American Affair Luncheon
The Consulate General of Japan as well as the Consulates of China, the Republic of Korea and India received invitations to this event dedicated to the construction of closer relations between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Asian countries.
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Culture Connection
Animation Movies and Comics
Animated movies and comic books are cultural phenomena which are becoming more popular and more prevalent all around the world. Many people know the Japanese words anime and manga. Susan Napier, Professor of Japanese Studies at Tufts University and the author of From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Mind of the West, comments about their international appeal...
Ambassador Desk

April is the month when cherry trees are in full bloom. I recently visited the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival. What I felt there first is the firm grass-root ties existing between the people of Japan and the US, constituting the substructure of the Japan-America bilateral relationship at its current excellent level.

Event Calendar
May16 - Sep 7
Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan
International Center of Photography
Performance Exhibitions
5/30 & 31
The Crane Wife /
tsuru-no ongaeshi

The University Settlement
Exhibitions
5/7- 5/25
Tadaaki Kuwayama: Paintings from the 1970s
Gary Snyder Project Space
3/21 - 6/15
Utagawa: Masters of the Japanese Print
Brooklyn Museum

Exhibitions
4/5 - 7/13 @ Murakami
Brooklyn Museum
4/28 - 5/22 Our Two Person
Hewitt Gallery of Art Marymount Manhattan College


5/3 - 10/11
Good Things in Small Packages
Forbes Galleries


Exhibitions Cultural Events
5/8 - 6/7
The 80s, Vintage Prints
Daido Moriyama
Steven Kasher Gallery
5/10 - 6/10 Fifty-Three Stations of the Yokaido Road
Books Kinokuniya
5/17 & 6/21
Midori & Friends Children's Day Festival
Sony Wonder Tech Lab

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