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Vol.37
November 2011
Published by Consulate General of Japan in New York / Japan Information Center


Headlines
Prime Minister Noda Holds Summit Meeting with President Obama
On September 21, Prime Minister Noda held a summit meeting with President Obama during his visit to the U.S. to attend the UN General Assembly. At the beginning, President Obama stated that Japan is an important ally and a partner with which the U.S. would work cooperatively on a broad range of issues such as security, economy, and so forth. He further expressed that the U.S. would do everything that it can do as Prime Minister Noda has to deal with extraordinary challenges such as rebuilding Japan in the aftermath of the tsunami. In addition, President Obama mentioned that, as the two largest economies in the world, the U.S. would like to hold productive discussions with its ally,...
Conferment Ceremony for Mr. Shinichi Doi
On September 6, Mr. Shinichi Doi, Former Conservator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was honored with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays for his outstanding contributions to the promotion of Japanese culture through art. During a conferment ceremony at the Consul-General's official residence, Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki presented a Certificate of Commendation on behalf of the Government of Japan to Mr. Doi.
Ambassador Hiroki expressed his sincere appreciation to Mr. Doi for his tireless efforts in broadening Japanese culture, promoting mutual understanding and encouraging cultural exchange between Japan and the United States.
NYAWC and CGJ in NY to Assist Domestic Violence Victims
On September 30th, the Consulate General of Japan in New York finalized an agreement with the New York Asian Women's Center (NYAWC) in order to extend assistance and support Japanese victims of domestic violence from October 1st. This agreement will extend beyond NYWAC’s normal mandate of New York City out to the seven states in the Consulate General’s jurisdiction.
 NYAWC is a non-profit organization established in 1982 with the aim to help women and their children overcome domestic violence and other forms of abuse. It has since become the largest organization in U.S dealing with domestic violence against Asian Americans.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK IN JAPAN?
For more than 25 years, the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program has aimed to promote grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. Throughout Japan today, you will find JET participants teaching English to school children or working at local government offices and developing strong relationships with their local communities. Read more...
Harlem Week Takes Part in Japan Relief Efforts
This year's Harlem Week focused on relief efforts for northeastern Japan, which suffered great damage from the earthquake and tsunami of March 11th. The Harlem Week committee invited Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki, Consul-General of Japan in New York, as a keynote speaker for the Economic Development Day at Columbia University on August 4th, and provided booths for the exhibition of Japanese automobiles at the 22nd Upper Manhattan Auto Show on August 21st in order to prevent the bad effects of rumors regarding Japanese products and safety in Japan as well as concerns of a possible decline in Japan's role in global supply chains. Read more...
Visit Japan
Hiraizumi
Hidden Gems: the Buddhist Golden Pure Land
Hidden Gems: The Buddhist Golden Pure Land
Earlier this year, the international community found a hidden Japanese historic milestone in a northern mountainous city of Hiraizumi in Iwate Prefecture. The quiet location helped Hiraizumi to be such an amazing destination for Japan? top cultural artifact collections and the concepts of garden construction. This hidden gem wasn? exposed much to the global attention until earlier this year when the area is designated as the UNESCO? World Heritage site for the ancient historic temples and the beginning of Japanese garden.
Culture Connection
Japanese Language and Literature Courses at LaGuardia Community College
The Japanese program at LaGuardia Community College offers five Japanese-language courses, including elementary and intermediate language courses, two courses on Japanese literature (one in English and one in Japanese), and two culture and civilization courses. More than one hundred LaGuardia students take advantage of this opportunity each semester, making the Japanese language program the second-most popular in the college after Spanish.
Ambassador Desk
Japan experienced a crisis of massive proportions in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 11th. We were grateful to have received heartwarming compassion and generous support from all corners of the globe. I was touched by a drawing the Consulate General received from an elementary school student in New Jersey. The drawing depicted two people shaking hands beneath the flags of Japan and the US.
Event Calendar
November 5
Tokyo String Quartet

Kaufmann Concert Hall
Performing Arts Exhibitions
December 14
Ichifuji-kai Dance Association
The Riverside Theatre
October 28 - December 23
Hiroshi Sugimoto; Surface of the Third Order
The Pace Gallery
Exhibitions Sports Events
October 28 - December 8
Yoko Ono UNCURSED
Galerie Lelong
11/6 Cheer with Taiko at the ING New York City Marathon 138th Street and Canal Street West in the Bronx
Music
November 13 at 4pm

East Winds Ensemble concert
St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery

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