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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.
The annual joint US-ROK Combined Forces Command (CFC) exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) will take place August 16 through August 26 and formally commences one day after South Korea’s Independence Day, August 15. The exercise is a simulated computerized command and control exercise...
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...
This year, Deputy Chief of Mission Jim Zumwalt becomes the first US official to attend both the memorial ceremonies in Hiroshima on August 6 and in Nagasaki today, as Japan finds itself embroiled in another nuclear crisis as a result of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and subsequent...
Kim, who is a career US Foreign Service Office, has served as Special Envoy for the Six Party Talks for the past three years for which he was accorded the rank of Ambassador. Importantly, following his anticipated confirmation by the US Senate, Kim also will enjoy the distinction of being...
For a few weeks in spring, the prominent colors of Washington, D.C., change from red, white, and blue, to a pale pink, as over 3,000 Japanese cherry trees (sakura) bloom along the Tidal Basin near the National Mall. The trees were a gift from the City of Tokyo in 1912 and in the 99 years...
In contrast with the dwindling number of Japanese exchange students, as covered in part 1 of this series, more Americans studied in Japan in 2009 than ever before; 5,784 contributed to a steady upward trend. The number of US students in Japan has increased 57% over the course of the...
Nearly 5,800 Americans studied in Japan in the 2008/2009 academic year, the highest number ever, according to the 2010 Open Doors Report released by the Institute of International Education. The number is 1.3% greater than the previous year, continuing an upward trend. Even with this...

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