The United States is and always will be a Pacific nation.
President Obama in Japan, April 24, 2014
Follow President Obama’s trip to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The President’s fifth trip to Asia during his time in office will underscore a continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region and commitment to his vision of rebalancing to the world’s largest emerging region. Follow @WhiteHouse and go to WhiteHouse.gov for the latest information.

Follow President Obama’s trip to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The President’s fifth trip to Asia during his time in office will underscore a continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region and commitment to his vision of rebalancing to the world’s largest emerging region. Follow @WhiteHouse and go to WhiteHouse.gov for the latest information.

A street view of Tokyo Tower, which is lit up in red, white and blue in honor of President Obama’s trip to Japan.

A street view of Tokyo Tower, which is lit up in red, white and blue in honor of President Obama’s trip to Japan.

President Obama is currently in Japan, the first stop of his four country Asia trip. Follow his travel here and check our more photos on Flickr!

President Obama is currently in Japan, the first stop of his four country Asia trip. Follow his travel here and check our more photos on Flickr!

Today we remember the courage, honor, and strength of the Japanese people in overcoming the devastation of 3/11/11.
Secretary Kerry on the 3rd anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, March 11, 2014
I am proud to carry forward my father’s legacy of public service. He had hoped to be the first United States President to visit Japan, so it is a special honor for me to be able to work to strengthen the close ties between our two great countries.
Ambassador Kennedy Remarks Upon Arrival in Japan on November 15, 2013. Watch full remarks here
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo on October 3, 2013. You can read Secretary Kerry’s remarks here.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo on October 3, 2013. You can read Secretary Kerry’s remarks here.

The G-8 Summit in Lough Erne

 
Today, President Obama is in Northern Ireland for the G-8 Summit in Lough Erne, his fifth G-8 since taking office.

Following his remarks in Belfast yesterday, he held a number of meetings with world leaders ahead of the G-8, including a visit with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and a meeting with EU leaders on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. MORE

Travel the streets of Tokyo, Japan with a U.S. Department of State employee in honor of National Bike Month in May 2013.

U.S. Diplomats Promote National Bike Month Around the World
 

Do you enjoy biking on weekends, or do you bike to work?  Did you know that the U.S. Department of State has the second largest number of Federal government employees who bike to work each day?  Whether we’re in Washington, D.C. or serving at one of the 250 Foreign Service posts around the world, many of our colleagues are taking advantage of alternative options over driving to work. 

In May 2013, as U.S. diplomats did their part to promote National Bike Month, we asked our colleagues around the world to submit short videos of their daily bike commute to show not only how cool it is to ride a bike to work in London or Tokyo, but how we all have to play our part, however small, to protect the environment, promote healthy living, and prove how beautiful our neighborhoods can be when we experience it from a bike.  Check out these videos offering street views from our colleagues bicycling in the following cities: