September 20, 2019 Vol. 15 No. 7

Japan in the News

Japan's whisky is widely known for its subtlety and craftsmanship, but how did that tradition begin? According to a recent article, much of the answer lies in the history of Suntory. Nearly one century ago, Suntory founder Shinjiro Torii came to an ancient spring to build the first commercial whisky distillery in Japan, now known internationally as the Yamazaki Distillery. After first developing a whisky too bold for Japanese consumers, Torii decided to focus on subtle flavors instead. The complex and precise blending that he developed continues to define Japanese whisky today.

Read the full story here..

Rugby World Cup Kick-Off

Hours before the first game of the Rugby World Cup Japan 2019, the Embassy of Japan welcomed representatives of the participating teams to the Old Residence for a kick-off celebration! From Welsh whiskey to Argentinian empanadas, the food and drinks brought by each country represented the diversity of the night. Deputy Chief of Mission Kazutoshi Aikawa joined the event and gave remarks. Representatives from DC's professional rugby team Old Glory came as well, and even gave DCM Aikawa a signed jersey!

Want to tune into a game? NBC is broadcasting the Rugby World Cup on several channels! Check out the schedule here.

Ambassador in Ohio and Alabama

Ambassador Sugiyama took several trips recently across the United States. In Ohio, he met with Governor Mike Dewine and made remarks at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Japanese America Societies ( NAJAS ). In Alabama, he met with Governor Kay Ivey to discuss Japan-US ties and her support for Japanese companies, Alabama's top international job creators. Additionally, Ambassador Sugiyama visited several Japanese businesses: Tigerpoly in Ohio and Daikin in Alabama — both of which have recently announced plans to expand operations! Read about their plans here: TigerpolyDaikin

JET Application Opens Soon

Do you know someone who is interested in living and working in Japan? The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program application for U.S. applicants will be live on September 25th, so spread the word! The program, managed by the government of Japan, sends participants from over 55 countries to work in schools, boards of education, and government offices throughout Japan. Around 1,000 American applicants are selected each year. Stay connected with JET on Facebook and Twitter.