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Leaving the President behind

The agenda for the summit will include discussion on: Japan-U.S. relations. Japan-U.S. cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Japan-U.S. cooperation on global issues. The article excerpt below is via Aya Igarashi and Hideki Kawasaki for the Yomiuri Shimbun. I wonder how the summit meeting will turn out? “U.S. President Barack Obama will make his first visit… Keep Reading

Who is US Ambassador to Japan John Roos?

The Nikkei Shimbun asked: “How good is the next ambassador to Japan, John Roos?” Check out the translation of their interviews with ex-Vice President Walter Mondale and Stanford University Professor Emeritus Daniel Okimoto below. The U.S. government has nominated lawyer John Roos, 54, as the next ambassador to Japan, and his appointment will soon be… Keep Reading


More on parental abductions in Japan

Here is more on the continuing coverage of parental child abductions in Japan. The post below has tidbits of Terry’s article posted at Japan Today. My previous posts on the issue. Terry Lloyd (Japan, Inc.) writes: “After the U.S. presidential election, the first foreign trip by new Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was to Japan.… Keep Reading


Nye not easily accepting ambassadorship to Japan?

I previously reported that Joseph Nye was picked to become US Ambassador to Japan. Is he holding out for something better? The Asahi Shimbun reported on Feb. 8 that “the United States has decided” informally to appoint Harvard University Prof. Joseph Nye as ambassador to Japan. However, the White House has yet to announce anything… Keep Reading


President Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech

    Embedded video from CNN Video      Barack Obama has been sworn in as the 44th US president. Here is his inauguration speech in full. My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.… Keep Reading

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