Vol. 6, No. 4 (April 27, 2010)
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In this issue7. 4th International Manga Award
First Day of the Prime Minister's Visit to the United States
On April 12 (local time), Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama held separate talks with Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam; Mr. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil; Mr. Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China; and Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, in Washington, D.C., which he was visiting to attend the Nuclear Security Summit. Later, Prime Minister Hatoyama received a welcome from Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, and attended a commemorative photograph session.
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Second Day of the Prime Minister's Visit to the United States
On April 13 (local time), Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who was visiting Washington, D.C., the United States, attended the plenary session of the Nuclear Security Summit.
To learn more:
Read the Communique of the Washington Nuclear Security Summit. (April 13, 2010)
Read the Work Plan of the Washington Nuclear Security Summit. (April 13, 2010)
Nuclear Security Summit Agrees on Measures to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism
-Japan Brief / FPCJ
The Nuclear Security Summit, which was held in Washington on the initiative of US President Barack Obama, ended on April 13 with the approval of a joint communique declaring that "Nuclear terrorism is one of the most challenging threats to international security" and vowing the establishment within the next four years of a system to secure nuclear material. The summit, which was attended by 47 states and 3 international organizations, for the first time affirmed international cooperation for the prevention of nuclear terrorism. Japan's major newspapers reported the discussions and outcome of the summit in detail.
Multilevel International Cooperation to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism
President Obama, who advocated a "world without nuclear weapons" in a landmark speech in Prague in April 2009, released the Nuclear Posture Review report outlining new guidelines for US nuclear strategy on April 6 and two days later signed a new US- Russia...
Learning Innovative Measures from the Regions
-Hatoyama Cabinet E-mail
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Water is the source of all life. One sixth of Shiga Prefecture, which I visited last weekend, is taken up by Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa. Lake Biwa supports the lives of 14 million people living in the Kinki region.
Japan faced pollution problems during the 1960s and the 1970s, which the government...
Green Feather Campaign Promoted by the Japan Cherry Blossom Queen
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama received a courtesy call from the Japan Cherry Blossom Queen and Princess on the occasion of the Green Feather Campaign at the Prime Minister's Office. The Prime Minister had a green feather pin attached to his lapel and received a present of a rhododendron.
"Green feather" is a symbol of the Green Fundraising Campaign, which supports voluntary actions for forest maintenance by the people. A fundraising campaign will be conducted in a focused manner around the nation during the Greenery Month that runs from April 15 to May 14 every year.
New Exhibit "Art in Flight" Soars into the JICC Gallery
Over 30 kites from throughout Japan, each with their own regional flavor, guide visitors through a virtual tour of Japan by sky in the Japan Information and Culture Center's newest exhibit. The kites, or tako, featured in "Art in Flight: Traditional Kites of Japan" span the length of the archipelago, from the northern-most island of Hokkaido's kite tribute to the great star-shaped ruins of Goryokaku Fort, to the fighting kites of Nagasaki in the south. They come in all shapes and sizes, from the rectangular kites of Edo to the decidedly more whimsical shapes of Fukuoka. In celebration of "Samurai Week in Washington DC" part of the gallery is also dedicated to kites painted with the stern faces of legendary warriors, some of whom come with tales tall enough to reach a kite in flight.
The kites are waiting to delight visitors with their fanciful stories, bright colors, and playful designs Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00. "Art in Flight: Traditional Kites of Japan" will be open through June 18th.
4th International Manga Award
Entries are currently being accepted for the 4th International Manga Awards. The awards were established to recognize artists who are contributing to the growing popularity of manga and Japanese pop culture around the world. Entries must be received by May 31st. To learn more, visit the website or download the contest guidelines and application forms directly.