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March 2009
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U.S.-Japan Summit Meeting
On February 24, during his visit to Washington, D.C., Prime Minister Taro Aso, the first foreign head of state to visit the White House after the inauguration of the Obama administration, held talks with Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America.
At the meeting, the leaders agreed to further strengthen the Japan-US alliance. They also confirmed that Japan and the United States would jointly address global issues facing the two countries, the Asia-Pacific region, and the international
community, with the Japan-US alliance as the cornerstone.
Prime Minister Aso Meets with Japanese American Delegation
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso welcomed the ‘09 Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) at his office in Tokyo on
March 3, 2009. Prime Minister Aso, having just returned from traveling to Washington DC where he met with U.S. President Barack Obama, expressed to the delegation the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance as a cornerstone of security for all of
East Asia. He further expressed the unique role of Japanese Americans in strengthening Japan-U.S. relations.

13th Annual Japanese Speech Contest in Pittsburgh
On March 6, the 2009 Japanese Speech and Language Contest was held at the Oakland Campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Close to 80 students participated, representing 8 schools in Pittsburgh. The students were divided into 3 levels, and delivered a speech under this year's theme: Self-introduction. The contest was hosted by the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania and
the Asian Studies at the University Center for International Studies of
the University of Pittsburgh. The purpose of this contest is to provide a platform for Japanese language students...  Read more..
Second Annual September 11th Teacher Award Goes to a Japanese Teacher in Long Island
On February 26, the Tribute WTC Visitor Center presented a Certificate of Merit to four schools and teachers who have created exemplary educational projects that help sustain the memory of September 11, 2001. The teachers were acknowledged for their discussion of the meaning of September 11th in their classrooms....Read more...
Opening of the New York Branch of the "Organization to Promote Japanese Restaurants Abroad" (JRO)
The Organization to Promote Japanese Restaurants Abroad (JRO) was established in July 2007 as a non-profit organization. JRO is mandated to support Japanese restaurants overseas, thereby promoting Japanese food and food culture around the globe,...
Culture Connection
The World of J-Cinema : Lights, Cameras, and Reality
When you hear "Japanese films", what image comes to mind? Do you think of samurai swordplay like in Akira Kurosawa’s "Kagemusha" (Shadow Warriors) or stories about ninjas? In the following interview, Ms. Kyoko Hirano, who has a long career promoting Japanese films in the U.S., tells us about the charm of Japanese film, and explains what may be obscure to the American audience.
Ambassador Desk

March 20th will be my last day as ambassador and consul general in New York. I have lived in the U.S. for 24 years in total, including my past three years as ambassador. Taking advantage of the experience and knowledge I gained while living in the U.S and working in the private sector, I did my best to help Japanese people in New York and to contribute to increasing ties between our two countries.

Event Calendar
March 13 through June 14, 2009
KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games  Japan Society
March,April & May
Here Comes Cherry Blossom Season!

Various Locations
Performing Arts Exhibitions
Mar.13, Apr.17,
May 22,2009

Japan Society

1/11-4/12 Slow Clay
Allentown Art Museum in PA
1/30 - 4/19
The Third Mind
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

2/18 - 5/31
The Noguchi Museum

3/ 6 - 4/10 Global Fabrics Common Threads
ISE Cultural Foundation
3/ 7 - 6/ 7
"A Celebration" by Naoko Matsubara
Carnegie Museum of Art

3/ 12 - 28 Gold Leaf Kyoto Onishi Gallery
3/12 - July
Floating World

3/ 20- 3/ 26
“Koromo” by Kinuko Okura
The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club

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