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United States and Japan Commemorate 160 Years of Diplomatic Relations

by Grace Ruch Clegg
On March 31st, 2014, the US-Japan relationship reached a new milestone: the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations. In addition to local celebrations in Japan, the Department of State released a statement noting the US and Japan's "remarkable journey together."

Young Filipino Athletes Visit US for Basketball Diplomacy Program

by Alex Forster
As part of the State Department’s sports diplomacy initiative, 16 young Filipino basketball players and two coaches recently visited the US to participate in a number of team-building and community-building activities. Sports diplomacy is seen as a critical form of...

Major League Baseball Opens Season Down Under

by Alex Forster
Sydney, Australia played host to the first games of this year’s Major League Baseball season over the weekend. This was the 7th time in the league’s history that the season opener has been held outside the continental US, and the first time in Australia.

102nd National Cherry Blossom Festival Celebrates Spring and US-Japan Friendship

by Naoko Funatsu
In spite of heavy snow in the Washington area earlier in the week, today is the Spring Equinox and the official launch of The 102nd National Cherry Blossom Festival. Cherry blossom trees, or “Sakura” in Japanese, were a present from the people of Tokyo, Japan to the...

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