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Vol.11
June 2008
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African Development Conference in Yokohama
The Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) convened in Yokohama from the 28th to 30th of May. This summit-level conference brought together representatives from 51 African countries, 74 international and regional organizations, the private sector, civil society organizations, notable individuals, as well as 34 partner countries, including the G8 and Asian countries. In the opening session, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda delivered a keynote address in which he stressed Japan’s resolve to work together with African countries and the international community towards a “vibrant Africa.”

Japan Day @ Central Park 2008
On Sunday June 1, the center of Manhattan was transformed for the second time into a Japanese summer celebration. On a day blessed with wonderful weather, Japan Day @ Central Park 2008 featured the Japan Run and a Japan Day Festival, which attracted 40,000 people. The festival was organized by the Japan Day 2008 Committee with two main goals: To give New Yorkers the chance to gather in the park in order to get in touch with the traditions and contemporary culture of Japan. And also to give the entire Japanese community living and working in New York the chance to strengthen ties and to express a message of thanks to the great city it calls home.

PA Governor Rendell met CEOs of Japanese companies
On June 3rd, Ambassador Motoatsu Sakurai invited Governor Edward G. Rendell, Honorary Consul General Dennis J. Morikawa and other senior officials from Pennsylvania, along with top executives from leading Japanese-owned corporations, to a dinner meeting at the Ambassador’s official residence. This event was intended to further develop relations between the Keystone State and the Japanese business community. It was the third effort of this kind to give state governors in our Consulate’s jurisdiction and top executives of Japanese corporations an opportunity to speak directly to each other.

Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize Awarded
The Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize was conceived in 2006. After then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s official visit to Africa in April and May, the Government of Japan established this international prize, named after the groundbreaking Japanese medical researcher, to honor individuals with outstanding achievements combating infectious diseases and establishing innovative medical care in Africa.
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Japanese and Japanese American Artists’ Art Exhibition in New York
From May 8th to the 16th, the Japanese American Association (JAA) held its 13th Annual Art Exhibition for Japanese American artists who are active in the New York area. The event was held for charitable purposes in the Japanese community. Various Japanese organizations, including the Consulate General of Japan in NY, supported the exhibition.
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Visit and Enjoy Wakayama
Wakayama city, the capital of Wakayama Prefecture, is just 40 minutes away from Kansai International Airport. Within 90 minutes of major metropolitan centers such as Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, Wakayama can be reached so that visitors are able to fully relax and take in nature. Located in the northwestern corner of the Kii Peninsula...
Culture Connection
1000 Years of the Tale of Genji
2008 is the millennium anniversary of the Tale of Genji, the masterwork of Japanese literature, considered by many to be one of the world’s first novels. The tale was born in the early 11th century, during the Heian era, a period of thriving Japanese court life. Its author is Murasaki Shikibu (called by this name after a heroin in the work, Murasakinoue). Her diary contains the first reference to the existence of the Tale in the year 1008.
Ambassador Desk

On the other side of the Pacific, preparations are intensively underway for the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit of June 7 - 9, where world leaders will discuss important issues like the global economy, the environment, and the development of Africa. The G8 Summit is extraordinarily important in light of today’s 21st century challenges, many of which can only be met through close international cooperation.

Event Calendar
Film Exhibitions
6/12 - 10/25
Warriors & Entertainers 
/ Japanese Woodblock Prints

The Alice T. Miner Museum

Exhibitions
7/10 - 8/14
Tapestry in Architecture: Creating Human Spaces
Japan Society Gallery


7/10 - 8/15 Paper City
Mixed Greens Gallery

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