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Last week, on November 2nd, a special group of World War II veterans gathered at the United States Capitol to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor the legislative body can bestow. The men and women of the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat...
This week, on Monday, October 24, the international community celebrated United Nations Day, commemorating the 66th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations. Premier among the world’s international organizations as a symbol of peace and a forum for multilateral discussion...
The first non-stop flight across the Pacific was performed in 1931 by Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon Jr, in an attempt the first successful non-stop flight from Japan to the United States. Now, 80 years after their historic crossing, there are hundreds of flights everyday between Japan...
Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Major League Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. welcomed a group of 16 young Japanese baseball and softball players and their coaches as part of the US State Department’s first US-Japan international sports exchange. Baseball is the most...
This year, Deputy Chief of Mission Jim Zumwalt becomes the first US official to attend both the memorial ceremonies in Hiroshima on August 6 and in Nagasaki today, as Japan finds itself embroiled in another nuclear crisis as a result of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and subsequent...

A Round-up of US-Japan Trade Features

by Grace Ruch
Trade has been a central element of US-Japan relations, with its attendant ups and downs, for over 150 years. The Treaty of Kanagawa was the first agreement signed between the United States and Japan in 1854, the end result of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry’s famous mission to open the...

It Takes Two: Imports Increase as US Trade with Asia Grows

by Grace Ruch
In April of this year, the United States trade deficit sharply contracted 11%, due to a strong uptick in exports, a drop in foreign oil purchases, and a sharp reduction in automotive and auto parts imports as a result of the disasters in Japan in March. However, last week the US Department...
On June 22, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prize winner in 1991 “for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights” in Burma, testified before the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. Her testimony was delivered via video message (below); an empty chair was reserved in her...

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