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November 2007
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Marine Self-Defense Force Halts Refueling Activitieso
The Antiterrorism Special Measures Law that provided the legal basis for Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) refueling activities in the Indian Ocean expired on November 2. Refueling of foreign ships, part of Japan's contribution to the international fight against terrorism, came to a halt with no immediate prospect for their resumption.

Edo on the East Side
On October 30th, an event promoting the city of Kawagoe's tourist attractions, culture, and variety of local products was held at Ambassadors Sakai's residence on the Upper East Side. The event was sponsored by the Kawagoe Style Club, a private organization formed by a group of young entrepreneurs from Kawagoe City. It was the first occasion in which a non-government related organization from Japan sponsored a function at the Ambassador's residence.

Journey Across the Pacific: A Japanese American in Japan
The Japanese American Leadership Delegation, a program sponsored by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, is aimed at creating closer ties between Japanese and Japanese-Americans, as well as strengthening Japan-US relations. During our eight day trip to Japan this past March, we met with top-level political, business and cultural representatives.

New Immigration Procedure to Start November 20th
As of November 20, 2007, foreign nationals who apply to enter Japan are required to be fingerprinted, photographed, and then interviewed by immigration inspectors. This procedure seeks to enhance the accuracy of border control, but does not target any specific country or region. Japan continues to welcome tourists and visitors from around the world.
Visit Japan
Hiroshima: "International City of Peace and Culture"
Hiroshima is the largest, most vital city in the Chugoku-Shikoku region. Reduced to rubble by the atomic bombing of 1945, the city achieved an amazing post-war recovery, thanks to the remarkable rebuilding effort carried out by its citizens. Now, it is a thriving metropolis of 1.2 million and internationally known as a city of peace, with a vibrant mix of old and new.
Culture Connection
Exciting New English Releases from Japanese Publishers
Thanks to the remarkable influence of Japan's pop culture in recent years, Japan-related titles are hotter than ever in the United States. Tokyo Look Book, Cute Dolls and Fun Dolls are just a few of the latest offerings from Japan-specialty publishers based in New York. Check out these books for insight into Japan's youth culture and "how-to" craft books.
Ambassador Desk

Last month, I had the pleasure of hosting a farewell party for the Chinese Ambassador and Consul General in New York before his return to China.I invited a group of other Asian Consuls General in New York to join us for a luncheon at my residence.

Event Calendar
December 7 to 20

December 3rd, 5th, 2007
United Nations,Carnegie Hall
11/28 ,30, 12/1
Pappa Tarahumara
"Ship in a View"
Brooklyn Academy of Music
12/16 7pm
"Taikoza: Winter Solstice Concert"
Peter Norton Symphony Space

9/19 - 3/16/08
Isamu Kenmochi and Isamu Noguchi
The Noguchi Museum
10/5 - 1/ 13/08
Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in NY
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
10/20 - 1/ 13/08
"Plants of Japan in Illustrated Books and Prints"
NY Botanical Garden
11/ 8 - 12/ 15
"Breaking the Mold / Kata o Yaburu"
Joan B. Mirviss Ltd
Exhibitions Music Cultural Events
12/ 5 - 12/11
"A Moment in Time Becomes Eternal"
The Nippon Gallery
"Annual Fall Concert by Inoue Chamber Ensemble"
403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
12/ 7 - 9
"New York Anime Festival"
Jacob K. Javits Center

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