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For Oregon, Asia means Jobs and More

by Christopher Feddersen
Oregon registered the country's second-highest economic growth rate last year; one of many benefits from its connections with Asia.
Not only is Thailand the oldest treaty ally of the United States in Asia, Bangkok is the first city that Washington, D.C. established a sister city relationship with back in February, 1962. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Governor of Bangkok Sukhumbhand Paribatra commemorated the 50th...
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s official five-day state visit to the United States was a resounding success, with a number of significant developments across both the security and economic spectrums. Passage of the US-South Korea Free Trade Agreement—KORUS—just hours before...
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...

Japanese Prime Minister Thanks US for Support

by Aaron Siirila
In an opinion piece published last Friday in the Washington Post, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan described the steps his administration is taking to address the aftermath of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and the continuing nuclear power plant crisis. In his piece, he also...

Tōhoku Region Matters for America

by Grace Ruch
The record-breaking March 11th earthquake off the coast of Japan caused skyscrapers to sway in Tokyo and tremors across the main island of Honshu, but it was the Tōhoku region, Japan’s northeast, that bore the brunt of nature’s fury. The three Pacific-facing prefectures nearest the...
The Japan Matters for America / America Matters for Japan project was officially launched in Tokyo on November 4 at a public seminar co-hosted by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the East-West Center. The seminar, entitled, “Cooperation or Interdependence: An Overview of US-Japan...

Boom Times in U.S.-Southeast Asia Relations

by Satu Limaye
These are boom times in U.S.-Southeast Asia relations. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton represents the United States at the 17th ASEAN Summit this week in Hanoi – the highlight of which is to be U.S. participation, for the first time ever, in the East Asia Summit (EAS). Secretary...

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