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September 2009
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Inauguration of the Hatoyama Cabinet
On the afternoon of September 16 Democratic Party of Japan President Yukio Hatoyama was formally elected the ninety-third prime minister of Japan, making him the sixtieth person to hold the post. After his designation, the new prime minister immediately entered the Prime Minister’s Office and announced his 17-member cabinet, including Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada. That same evening the prime minister’s investiture and cabinet ministers’ attestation ceremonies were performed by the Emperor at the Imperial Palace, thus officially inaugurating Hatoyama's coalition government...
PM Hatoyama in NY
Japan’s Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama arrived in NY on September 21st, immediately after his designation as PM and the formation of his cabinet on September 16th. It was his first visit abroad as Japan’s new leader. On the 22nd, Prime Minister Hatoyama, together with Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, attended the UN Summit on Climate Change held under the initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. On the 24th, the prime minister and foreign minister attended the UN Security Council Summit on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Nuclear Disarmament held under the initiative of U.S. President Barack Obama.  Read more...
PM Hatoyama in Pittsburgh
On September 24th Prime Minister Hatoyama moved from New York to Pittsburgh where the leaders of many countries and international organizations intensively discussed a wide range of global economic challenges at the G20 Pittsburgh Summit under the chairmanship of the US President Barack Obama. The G20 summit meetings were held on the 24th and 25th of September, including a plenary session on the 25th attended by Prime Minister Hatoyama and Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii. The G20 is composed of the G8 (Japan, the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Russia, EU)...
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Culture Connection
Japanese Elementary Schools: More than Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic
All of us attended elementary school when we were young, and know that our experiences in elementary schools helped form our characters and personalities. For those who are interested in development of other nations cultural identities, viewing elementary school life can provide a useful lens. Robert Fish, a scholar of the history of childhood and schooling in Japan, briefly talks about Japanese elementary schools.
Ambassador Desk

On September 16, Mr. Yukio Hatoyama, the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), was elected Prime Minister of Japan by the Diet. A new cabinet, which was formed the same day, included Japan’s new foreign minister Katsuya Okada. Japan’s August 30th general election brought about a historic shift in political power in Japan. Also, we must not forget that September includes the anniversary of 9/11. Twenty four Japanese were killed in the attacks of that day. Each year, as the anniversary arrives, my thoughts turn to the victims of terrorism everywhere.

Event Calendar
October 21, 2009 to January 10, 2010
Art of the Samurai
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
November 12 to November 22, 2009
Talk Like Singing

NYU Skirball Center
9/10 - 10/10 New Ceramics Laboratory Vol. 2 Ippodo Gallery
9/11 - 10/16 "with the flow of time " ISE Cultural Foundation
9/16 - 10/30 Light In Motion
ISE Cultural Foundation
10/1 - 25 "Powder Print World" Kinokuniya Bookstore
10/1 - 14 Contemporary Metal Master Works Onishi Gallery
10/3 -12 Japan Exhibition in NY. SoHo Season's Gallery
Exhibitions Music
10/7 - 17
The Nippon Gallery

10/ 24
The Reona Ito Chamber Orchestra & Chorus
Broadway Presbyterian Church
10/ 24
Singing Hope 2009
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

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