May 4, 2018 Vol. 14, No. 7

Families of Japanese citizens abducted by the North Korean regime met with representatives of the Department of State in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of the Department of State.

Japan in the News

Ambassador Shinsuke J. Sugiyama recently wrote an Op-Ed in The Hill about the importance of addressing human rights issues alongside progress towards denuclearization in North Korea. "The world wants to know whether Kim Jong Un’s change in attitude is real. The American, Japanese and South Korean people have seen North Korea make promises before, including to three previous U.S. presidents, only to break those commitments. There is only one way North Korea can demonstrate sincerity in the lead-up to the talks with President Trump: Release the abductees."

North Korea has abducted hundreds of people from across Asia and around the world, and now it is time for them to be returned to their homes. Following commitments made by President Trump to press for the return of abductees during his recent summit in Mar-a-Lago with Prime Minister Abe, family members of the abducted Japanese citizens visited Washington, DC to raise awareness of this key issue. Hear more from the families of the abductees in this article in the Washington Post.

Japanese Leadership Strengthening The Global Economy

Finance Minister Taro Aso joined his counterparts from around the world in Washington, DC recently as they converged for the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings. During these sessions, the Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from G20 Nations held meetings where Minister Aso discussed the risks facing the global economy, particularly from inward-looking policies. He remarked that “it is important to strengthen global growth through free and fair trade.”

Minister Aso also participated in discussions about the “Future of Work,” a term referring to the challenges facing workers as technology changes labor markets rapidly and unpredictably. He emphasized Japan’s view that education at various levels is key to enhancing the resiliency of affected workforces.

Food Ambassadors With Mary Beth Albright Visits The Embassy

The Washington Post's Mary Beth Albright visited the Embassy to learn all about Japanese whiskey. She met with Embassy experts and Suntory's "Whiskey Ambassador," Gardner Dunn. History, culture, and, of course, amazing flavor all combine to produce award-winning whisky in high demand from overseas markets.

International Tourism Booming In Japan

Home to beautiful natural landscapes, high-tech modern conveniences, and world-famous hospitality, Japan is an easy choice for vacationers, and the Government of Japan attaches great importance to promoting Japan as a tourism-oriented country. Thanks to strategic efforts leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, Japan's tourism numbers continue to rise, with another record-setting month this March! Will 2018 be the year you join the millions who experience Japan?