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Vol.31
February 2010
Published by Consulate General of Japan in New York / Japan Information Center


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Japan's Aid to Haiti
Immediately after the disastrous earthquake in Haiti on January 12th, Japan joined the international community in extending aid to Haiti. The Government of Japan initially announced its pledge of nearly $5 million in emergency aid through international organizations, including UNICEF and the World Food Programme, as well as emergency relief goods equivalent to 30 million yen (approx. $340,000). Japan also dispatched an emergency survey team comprised of personnel from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to ascertain the urgent needs of Haiti. Japan also promised to share with Haiti best practices on how to rebuild from the earthquake...   Read more..
The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Strong and Deepening
The bilateral alliance between Japan and the United States has been one of the strongest in the world for the last fifty years. It is one that is steeped in history, and yet also holds strategic importance for dealing with the wide array of present-day and future regional and global challenges. Last month, the U.S.-Japan relationship was in the spotlight as both countries took two major opportunities to honor and reaffirm this important alliance. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announced his intention to "work jointly with the U.S. Government to further deepen the US-Japan alliance."
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Decoration Conferment Ceremonies
Mr. Nobuyoshi Kuraoka, President of Wako International Corporation and the owner of Restaurant Nippon, was honored with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his outstanding contributions to the promotion of Japanese culture through Japanese food.
Dr. Richard Wood, Professor and Dean Emeritus of Yale University Divinity School and the former President of Japan Society, was honored with one of Japan's highest decorations, The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, for his outstanding contributions to the promotion of educational and cultural exchange between Japan and the United States.
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Visit Japan
Japan for the First Timer
Have you heard of Chiba City before? If you have ever traveled to Japan through Narita Airport, you have most certainly passed through Chiba City on your way to Tokyo or other destinations, even if you didn't realize it. Even expert travelers to Japan are apt to overlook it. Chiba City lies midway between Tokyo and Narita and is the 13th biggest city in Japan, with a population of 950,000. Its appeal lies in its urban living environment and easy access to the center of Tokyo.
Culture Connection
School Caravan Program
Teachers whose students are interested in Japan have a very useful resource at their disposal - The School Caravan Program. A School Caravan visit usually lasts for about one hour, during which a few members of the Japan Information Center share information about Japan and its culture with students using entertaining methods.
Ambassador Desk
As a country that experiences earthquakes and as a fellow APEC member, Japan decided to extend up to $3 million in grant aid and emergency relief goods equivalent to approximately $300,000 in the wake of the recent earthquake in Chile. And, although it has been already two months since the tremor in Haiti, I know that the victims there are still experiencing great hardship as well.
Event Calendar
March 27 - April 25
ENJOY by Toshiki Okada
59E59 Theaters
March 30, 2010, from 8pm
Tamagawa University Taiko Dance Group

Miller Theater at Columbia University
Exhibitions
Music Cultural Events
3/26
Harmonia Opera Performance
Christ & Saint Stephen’s Church
4/10 j-CATION Taste Japan
Japan Society
3/5 - 4/17
Subaru cherry blossom festival
Philadelphia

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