Japan Now

Vol. 10, No. 1 (March 13, 2014)
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In this issue:

1. The Ceremony to Commemorate the Third Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

2. 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival's Featured Events

3. Foreign Minister Kishida's Visit to the United States of America

4. Prime Minister Abe's Visit to India

5. Prime Minister Abe's Visit to Africa

6. Attendance of Prime Minister Abe at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games

7. Second Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD)

 

The Ceremony to Commemorate the Third Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

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Photograph of the Prime Minister delivering an address
(Cabinet Secretariat, Cabinet Public Relations Office)

-Cabinet Secretariat
March 11, 2014

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the Ceremony to Commemorate the Third Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake held in Tokyo in the presence of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

The ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the House of Councillors, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, bereaved family members, and others.

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2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival's Featured Events

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-Washington, D.C.
March 20 - April 13, 2014

The 2014 National Cherry Blossom festival starts on March 20th in Washington DC. The National Cherry Blossom festival is a commemoration of the gift of 3000 cherry trees from Japan to the city of Washington, DC in 1912. The festival celebrates the lasting friendship between Japan and the United States. The festivities will continue until April 13, 2014. The Embassy of Japan has compiled a list of featured events for your convenience.

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Foreign Minister Kishida's Visit to the United States of America
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Foreign Minister Kishida and Secretary Kerry
(© Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

-Ministry of Foreign Affairs
February 7-9 2014

On February 7, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with the Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States during his visit to Washington D.C.

Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers' Meeting (Summary)(February 7, 2014)

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Prime Minister Abe's Visit to India

Reviewing the Republic Day Parade
(© Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

-Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
January 25-27, 2014

On January 25, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a summit meeting with Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India. Following the meeting, the two leaders signed a joint statement titled "Intensifying the Strategic and Global Partnership."

Japan-India Summit Meeting(January 25, 2014)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Interview with Times of India (January 25)

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Prime Minister Abe's Visit to Africa

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(Cabinet Secretariat, Cabinet Public Relations Office)

-Cabinet Secretariat
January 17, 2014

As a part of his "diplomacy that takes a panoramic perspective of the map", Prime Minister Abe visited Cote d'Ivoire, Mozambique and Ethiopia from Friday, January 10 to Tuesday, January 14, 2014 following his visit to Oman.

This visit to Africa was the first full-scale visit to Africa by a Japanese prime minister in eight years, fulfilling the promise of an early visit to Africa that Prime Minister Abe announced at the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) in June last year.

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Attendance of Prime Minister Abe at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with the athletes.
(Cabinet Secretariat, Cabinet Public Relations Office)

-Ministry of Foreign Affairs
February 7-8, 2014

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the XXII Olympic Winter Games held in Sochi, Russia, on February 7 and 8, 2014, at the invitation of Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

On the night of February 7, Prime Minister Abe attended the Opening Ceremony, where he watched the ceremonies and the Parade of National Teams with leaders from around the world.

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Second Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD)

Reviewing the Republic Day Parade
(© Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

-Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
March 2, 2014

On March 1, the second ministerial meeting of the Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD) was held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The meeting, hosted by Indonesia was co-chaired by Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Dr. Marty Natalegawa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, and Dr. Rami Hamdallah, Palestinian Prime Minister.

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