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Vol.19
February 2009
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Japan: A Cornerstone of U.S. Foreign Policy - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
On February 17, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, visited Japan. It was the first destination of her first overseas trip since taking office, and she met with Prime Minister Taro Aso at his official residence. Secretary Clinton reaffirmed that the alliance between the United States and Japan is a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy, emphasizing that the partnership has been the foundation for security and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and the world.
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Meeting of Japanese Ambassador and Consul Generals in the U.S.
Ambassador Sakurai took part in a series of meetings from January 8th to 10th in Washington D.C., which were attended by Ambassador Fujisaki, Japanese Ambassador to the U.S., other Japanese Consul Generals, as well as prominent Japanese business executives, Honorary Consul Generals and Japanese American Leaders from all over the United States. Under the theme of "From All Japan to All America", discussion focused on ways to further strengthen ties between Japan and the U.S....   Read more.

The 2009 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is Just around the Corner
Expanding from 2 events with 200 attendees in 1998 to 40 events with 40,000 attendees in 2008, Philadelphia's Festival is definitely the fastest growing Cherry Blossom Festival on the east coast. 2009 will feature over 45 events, including music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, events and classes for Japanese cuisine, films, lectures, and more. Local talent and visitors from Japan join the Festival's many programs...   Read more


Visit Japan
JNTO
Greetings from Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO)
We, the Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO), are promoting travel to Japan. The "Visit Japan Campaign" has set a target of 10 million foreign visitors to Japan by 2010. Although 2/3 of them come from Asia, the U.S. accounts for about 10% and ranks 4th after the South Korea, Taiwan and China. If you are a teacher, it might be interesting to talk about Japan with your students. JNTO can provide posters and brochures for free for the classroom.

Culture Connection
Life Lessons from a Samurai
Loyalty, selflessness, death, honor - if these are the only words you associate with samurai warriors, you may not have the whole picture of the life of a samurai. The Edo period was a peaceful time in Japanese history; there were no battles, the value of martial skills declined, and the lifestyle and status of samurai gradually changed.

Ambassador Desk

In late January, I returned to Japan for the first time in almost a year. During my week there, I was struck by how, as in the U.S., the economic situation is serious; in particular, employment conditions remain very harsh. I was reminded that the U.S. and Japan must work together with a sense of urgency to overcome the current economic crisis and to protect jobs and the lives of both our peoples.

Event Calendar
March 21 and March 22,
Robotic Workshop
Greenwich Japanese School
March 5, 6, 7
Awaji Puppet Theater Company
Japan Society
March 7 - June 7
Woodblock Printing Exhibition: "A Celebration"

Carnegie Museum of Art
Performing Arts Exhibitions
Mar.13, Apr.17,
May 22,2009
Film:
"BEST OF TORA-SAN"

Japan Society


1/11-4/12 Slow Clay
Allentown Art Museum in PA
1/30 - 4/19
The Third Mind
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


Exhibitions
2/6 - 3/21 Ephemeral Garden esso gallery
3/12 - July
Floating World
ANA TZAREV GALLERY


3/13 - 6/14 KRAZY!
Japan Society
Music
2/26, 3/20, 5/8 Chamber Music for Japanese Instruments
Tenri Cultural Institute
3/6 BONTEN Live
Bailey Hall, Cornell University
3 /7 & 8
Music From Japan Festival 2009
Merkin Concert Hall



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