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October 2007
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New Fukuda Cabinet Inaugurated, Komura to become Foreign Minister
In a tightly contested vote in the Diet, Yasuo Fukuda became Japan’s 91st Prime Minister, succeeding Shinzo Abe who abruptly resigned on September 12th. As part of his new cabinet, Fukuda picked Masahiko Komura to become Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Stronger Ties between West Virginia and Japanese Corporations
Ambassador Sakurai welcomed West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III to New York for a meeting with Japanese corporate leaders on October 9th. West Virginia counts several major Japanese investors. The special event was a chance to further promote business ties between the Mountain State and Japan.

JAA Marks a Century of Service with Gala and “Senior Week”
The Japanese American Association of New York marked a landmark 100 years of service to the community with a gala black-tie fundraiser on September 29th. Also, JAA held “Senior Week”, a program aimed at helping the New York area’s growing population of Japanese and Japanese American seniors remain healthy, active, and independent.

Culture Connection
The World of Japanese Crafts in New York
The traditional arts and crafts of Japan -- from lacquerware to kimono, furniture to handmade paper -- are waiting to be discovered right here in the Big Apple. Here are some places to find them.
Ambassador Desk

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum opens at the New York Botanical Garden. The Consulate opens its doors for lunchtime hours. And Ambassador Sakurai opens his residence to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III and representatives from Japanese corporations.

Local Centenarians Honored by Japanese Government
As part of “Respect for the Aged Day” a commendation ceremony was held to honor two residents of New Jersey who celebrated their 100th birthdays.
Event Calendar
October 8, 2007 to January 13, 2008
Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York

Japan Society
November 8 to November 18, 2007
Contemporary Japan through the Eyes of Two Women
The Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street
10/24, 27, 30, 11/2, 5, 8
The Metropolitan Opera
11/6 - 11/11
Ryuji Sawa: The Return
Theater for the New City
Performance Exhibitions
11/ 9 @ 8pm
Harmonia Opera Company presents 26th Anniversary Celebration
The Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College
11/ 9, 10, 11
Japan Arts Matsuri (JAM) 2007
Java Street Hall
9/19 - 3/16/08
Isamu Kenmochi and Isamu Noguchi
The Noguchi Museum
9/ 28 - 11/ 15
Voyages and Images Japan Through Art Teachers' Eyes
Friends Academy, Dolan Center Gallery,
10/11 - 11/16
Out of the Ordinary / Extraordinay
Lemmerman Gallery and Visual Arts Gallery
10/15 - 1/ 5/08
Men at Dance - from Noh to Butoh by Miro Ito
The NY Public Library for Performing Arts
Exhibitions Cultural Events
11/ 2 - 11 / 14
Blue from Snow
Nagatoshi Shibata

The Nippon Gallery
10/ 20 - 11/ 18
Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum
The New York Botanical Garden
11/ 9, 7pm - 9:30pm
Akita Sake & Products Fair
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