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,