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:

What happens in the Asia Pacific matters to the rest of the world now more than ever before. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shares his vision of an ever-stronger partnership with the region. What Pacific issues matter most to you and why?

This video was produced by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs in April 2013. It features Secretary of State John Kerry during a speech he gave in Tokyo on April 15, 2013.

In Tokyo, Secretary Kerry Addresses 21st Century Pacific Partnership
About the Author: Karen Kelley serves as Information Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.
On Sunday, April 14, Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Tokyo to begin his first visitto Japan as Secretary of State, following stops in Beijing and Seoul, and, earlier, London and the Middle East. En route to downtown Tokyo, the Secretary’s motorcade made a brief stop at historic Zojoji Temple. Founded in 1393, Zojoji served as the Tokugawa Shogun’s family temple during Japan’s Edo period.… more »

In Tokyo, Secretary Kerry Addresses 21st Century Pacific Partnership

About the Author: Karen Kelley serves as Information Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.

On Sunday, April 14, Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Tokyo to begin his first visitto Japan as Secretary of State, following stops in Beijing and Seoul, and, earlier, London and the Middle East. En route to downtown Tokyo, the Secretary’s motorcade made a brief stop at historic Zojoji Temple. Founded in 1393, Zojoji served as the Tokugawa Shogun’s family temple during Japan’s Edo period.… more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on a 21st Century Pacific Partnership at Tokyo Tech University on Tokyo, Japan on April 14, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/04/207487.htm.

Follow #SecKerry’s Travel to East Asia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to deliver remarks on U.S. engagement in the Asian-Pacific region on April 14, 2013. [State Department image/ Public Domain]

Richard Buangan serves as Director of Digital Engagement at the U.S. Department of State.

Followers of @StateDept watched the State Department’s Twitter account surpass 500,000 followers this week, and also saw Secretary of State John Kerry wage a friendly bet with his Canadian counterpart, Foreign Minister John Baird, on whether the U.S. women’s team would beat Canada’s team in the women’s world hockey championship. The U.S. team won the game, and Foreign Minister Baird made good on the bet, offering Secretary Kerry a case of Canadian beer during the G-8 Foreign Ministers Meeting in London.

Secretary Kerry departed London today for East Asia, where he will visit the Republic of Korea, followed by travel to China and Japan. And, during his travel, you’ll discover more reasons to follow our websites and social media properties. First, we are pleased to announce our new U.S. Department of State Live webpage, where you’ll be able to watch the State Department’s daily press briefings, major speeches by the Secretary of State, and more. Tune in on Sunday, April 14 at approximately 8:30 p.m. EDT, when Secretary Kerry delivers remarks on U.S. engagement in the Asian-Pacific region. Our@StateDeptLive account will be tweeting the Secretary’s remarks live, and we’ll be releasing the latest photographs from his trip on FacebookFlickr, and Tumblr.

You can also follow @StateDept and @eAsiaMediaHub for more details on the Secretary’s travel and go to the websites of our embassies in the Republic of Korea,China, and Japan for more on U.S. diplomacy in the region.