Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya made his first official visit to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and met political and business leaders including Governor Fortuno. He was also greeted by local Japanese citizens, delivered a lecture at the University of Puerto Rico and enjoyed a traditional Japanese performance. Ambassador Nishimiya met with Luis Fortuno, Governor of Puerto Rico, at La Fortaleza, his official residence in Old San Juan. The residence was built in the early 16th century to defend San Juan harbor and is the oldest executive mansion in the New World. It was listed by UNESCO in 1983 as part of the World Heritage Site "La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site." Read more..
On the evening of March 23, the Consulate General of Japan in New York and the Japan National Tourism Organization hosted a reception at the Ambassador's residence celebrating the Visit Japan Campaign and the related Visit Japan Year 2010 project.
The Japanese government launched the Visit Japan Campaign in 2003 with the aim of significantly increasing international tourism to Japan.
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has reiterated his support for this effort and the government is formulating a number of new initiatives to aggressively promote inbound tourism in 2010 and beyond. The Visit Japan Year 2010 project is designed to highlight this year's prominent tourism-related events as well as some of the interesting themes for visitors in 2010. Read more...
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On April 23, to help kick off the anniversary commemorations, I participated in a discussion with a group of undergraduates at Columbia University's Weather East Asian Institute. I spoke about recent Japan-US relations, specifically post-war Japan-US economic relations, the post-Cold War transition in Japan-US security cooperation, the significance of the first Japanese mission's visit to New York on June 16, 1860,...
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