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January 2009
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The Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation Award to the Japanese Medical Society of America
In 2008, the Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA) received a commendation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Japan, and the award was delivered to the JMSA by the Ambassador Motoatsu Sakurai in New York. The Foreign Minister's commendations aim to praise outstanding achievements of individuals and groups, and gain further understanding and support of various strata of Japanese nationals for their activities.The JMSA was originally established in 1974...

Graduates of the Japanese Weekend Schools in Greater New York Reunite
On November 26, Ambassador Sakurai hosted a reception at his residence, inviting graduates of the Japanese Weekend Schools of New York and New Jersey, and the Princeton Community Japanese Language School, who currently reside in the US. Also invited were teachers and representatives of major local Japanese companies and universities, who sit on the school boards. Although the reception was held just before the Thanksgiving holiday, approximately 80 people enjoyed meeting old friends and making new ones.

Tea Ceremony Lecture and Demonstration in Pittsburgh
Mr. Sen So-oku was appointed Special Advisor for Cultural Exchange by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan in June 2008. Based in New York as a visiting scholar at Columbia University, he organizes lectures and workshops both in the US and Europe to promote an understanding of the tea ceremony (Cha-no-Yu) and cross-cultural exchange.On December 13th and 14th, the Consulate supported the presentation of two tea ceremony events in Pittsburgh, PA., in order to promote an understanding of Japan and its traditional culture.
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Statistical Overview on Americans and Foreigners Living In Japan
According to recent statistics from the Ministry of Justice, there are over two million foreigners living in Japan, or 1.69% of the total population (approximately 130 million). Compared to ten years ago, the number of foreign residents increased 45.2%, while the total population of Japan (including foreign residents) showed only a 1.3% increase..Read more...
DuPont-Columbia University Awards 2009 Goes to "Independent Lens, Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story"
Established in 1942 by Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her husband, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards honor excellence in journalism. "Abduction" examines the societal and political aspects of this story, and it is a moving story of family life, ... Read more...
Culture Connection
Shakuhachi - Sound of the Earth and the Inner Mind
"I learned many techniques and developed a deep understanding of the diverse elements of style among different schools of shakuhachi playing, but probably the most important thing I learned about shakuhachi relates back to the original intent of this practice by the Buddhist monks; listening to sound. " -James Nyoraku Schlefer is a leading performer and teacher of shakuhachi in New York City
Ambassador Desk

Happy New Year! I hope that 2009 will be a good one for us all. The start of the New Year is the perfect time to take stock of the past and reassess the future. Since I took office, I have put my energy into changing the mindset of our staff, and providing better service,... With an ear for our visitors' suggestions, all of us at the Consulate are determined to continue our efforts, so that the Consulate is even more accessible to everyone.

Event Calendar
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Young People's Chorus of NY City
Frederick P. Rose Hall
1/29/09 - 2/25/09
Old Noritake: Kakei Collection

The Nippon Gallery at the Nippon Club
Performing Arts
Jan.23, Feb.13,
Mar.13, Apr.17,
May 22,2009

Japan Society

3/ 5-7 7:30-
3/7 Family Matinee 2:30-
Awaji Puppet Theater Company
Japan Society

Exhibitions Music
11/7 - 1/31, '09 CHICARA Liquid Chrome Ippodo Gallery
1/11-4/12 Slow Clay: The Ceramic Art of Willi Singleton Allentown Art Museum, PA
2/26, 3/20, 5/8 Chamber Music for Japanese Instruments Tenri Cultural Institute

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