150 Years of Shared History
Events Report
Commodore Perry's expedition
Perry and NY
The Kanrinmaru & Japan's First Mission to the U.S.
Early Exchange Between Japan & NY
The Next 150 Years: Japanese and American Voices
Japanese Site
Japan US 150 Secretariat

Updated on:2005/06/30
  150 years ago, two nations separated by a wide ocean had an unprecedented and historic encounter. The arrival of an American naval expedition under the command of Commodore Matthew Perry in 1853 marked the start of relations between Japan and the United States. In 1854, the two countries signed a Treaty of Peace and Amity.

Our two nations have traveled a long road together during the last century and a half. We share the values of democracy and rich cultural and economic ties. Please join us in celebration of "the most important bilateral relationship in the world, bar none."



Messages from
 the Prime Minister & President