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Last week, on November 2nd, a special group of World War II veterans gathered at the United States Capitol to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor the legislative body can bestow. The men and women of the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat...
According to recently released figures from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Southeast Asian foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States is making a recovery from the effects of the Global Financial Crisis. While Southeast Asia’s FDI stock in the United States declined...
This week, on Monday, October 24, the international community celebrated United Nations Day, commemorating the 66th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations. Premier among the world’s international organizations as a symbol of peace and a forum for multilateral discussion...
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s official five-day state visit to the United States was a resounding success, with a number of significant developments across both the security and economic spectrums. Passage of the US-South Korea Free Trade Agreement—KORUS—just hours before...
The first non-stop flight across the Pacific was performed in 1931 by Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon Jr, in an attempt the first successful non-stop flight from Japan to the United States. Now, 80 years after their historic crossing, there are hundreds of flights everyday between Japan...
Supporters of the Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) have their fingers crossed that Members of Congress finally will approve legislation to implement the accord shortly after returning from their August recess.

National Pastimes: US-Japan Baseball Diplomacy

by Grace Ruch
Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Major League Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. welcomed a group of 16 young Japanese baseball and softball players and their coaches as part of the US State Department’s first US-Japan international sports exchange. Baseball is the most...

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