December 22, 2017 Vol. 13, No. 9

Japan in the News

After a successful liftoff and docking, Japanese Astronaut Norishige Kanai is now aboard the International Space Station, where he will oversee hundreds of experiments in the KIBO science module, including research related to Alzheimer’s disease. He also hopes to uncover some of the secrets to reducing the stress of space travel on the human body, allowing space exploration to become a possibility for all.

The #1 International Job Creator In The U.S. in 2017!

Japan was the #1 International Job Creator in the U.S. in 2017! Check out this updated factsheet to learn more about this year’s new investment announcements by companies including Toyota, Mazda, Denso and Daikin, which will bring new jobs to communities across the United States. Japan is a strong partner for the U.S., supporting manufacturing and other industries across the country.

2017 - The Year in Photos

Take a look back at some of this year's biggest Japan-related events in Washington, DC! The robust Japan-U.S. alliance means that there are many official visits between our countries, and 2017 was no exception. Add in cultural activities like exhibition openings, performances, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and it has been quite a busy year! We are thankful to have so many wonderful partners and friends to share these memories with.

2017 Little League World Series Champs Meet PM Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a chance to meet the Tokyo Kitasuna Little League team this month to congratulate them on their victory in Pennsylvania. They are the 2017 World Series champions.

In a message from his office, PM Abe wrote that "They did a splendid job in showing the world the high caliber of Japan’s youth baseball. Inspired by the children’s earnest faces, I myself swung a bat for the first time in a few decades.

I want the children to continue to try their very best in the future as they work towards their individual dreams, taking this experience and their self-confidence to heart. I am rooting for all of them."