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January 2008
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New Antiterrorism Special Measures Bill Enacted
After months of sharp debate, the Japanese Diet passed a new antiterrorism special measures law on January 11. The law (also known as the Replenishment Support Special Measures Law) provides the legal groundwork for the resumption of refueling activities by the Maritime Self-Defense Forces in the Indian Ocean that were suspended in November.

Japanese Sensei Gather in Texas
The Annual meeting of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) was recently held in San Antonio,TX. Among the educators in attendance were members of the NCJLT(National Council of Japanese Language Teachers), an organization dedicated to the promotion and development of Japanese language teaching at the elementary, secondary, and college levels across the United States.

Japan-US 2017
When I traveled to Japan in November, many officials voiced concern about what they saw as a growing inward-looking posture in the U.S., the same accusations many U.S. policy experts are slinging at Japan. Nevertheless, the long term rationale for the U.S.-Japan alliance has not diminished. Acting together, Japan and the United States are more likely to influence the political agenda in Asia.

Government of Japan Honors Mr. Philippe de Montebello
On November 3rd, 2007, Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was honored with one of the highest Japanese decorations, The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star; for his outstanding contributions to the introduction and development of the arts and culture of Japan.

Visit Japan
Invitation to Tokyo
The history of the city of Tokyo stretches back some 400 years. Originally named Edo, the city started to flourish after Tokugawa Ieyasu established the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1603. Edo was the center of politics and culture in Japan and grew into a large city with a population of over a million by the mid-eighteenth century...
Culture Connection
New Year Celebration - Oshogatsu
Oshogatsu, the first week of the New Year, is one of the most important holidays for Japanese people. The Japanese celebrate the New Year by eating special dishes, osechi-ryori. Each dish has a symbolic meaning such as promoting good health, fertility, good harvest and happiness. There are also many traditional customs and events. For example, people visit shrines during the first three days of the new year (hatsumode), give pocket money to children (otoshidama), exchange postcards...
Ambassador Desk

Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! Happy New Year! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful 2008. This year we welcome in nezumidoshi, the year of the rat; it is said to symbolize prosperity and a time to enthusiastically pursue one's goals. One of our goals at the Consulate is ensuring that the Japan-U.S. relationship remains strong...

Event Calendar
December 7 to 20
Japan! Culture + Hyperculture

The Kennedy Center
Performance / Films Exhibitions
2/28 & 3/1@8pm
3/2 @ 2pm
2008's Israel Non-Stop "Black Rain"

Jewish Community Center
11/24 - Fall,08
Cornucopia: Recent Acquisitions in Japanese Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2/14- 3/15
Mizue Sawano Exhibition
Gerald Peters Gallery

Exhibitions Music
2/8 ,9 /08
Akiko Yano: Voice & Piano
Japan Society
2/9 @8pm
Tokyo String Quartet
92nd St. Y
Music Lectures
2/23 & 24
Music from Japan "Festival 2008"
Merkin Concert Hall
An Evening with Donald Keene
Japan Society
2/20 @6:00pm
Discovering Japanese Modern
The Center for Architecture
The Noguchi Museum

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