U.S.-Japan Council Newsletter
December 8th, 2011

Featured Photo

Actor Tom Cruise and Ambassador John Roos sign a banner in support of the TOMODACHI Initiative.

Tom Cruise showed his support for the people of Japan and the TOMODACHI Initiatve on December 1st at the Roppongi Hills complex in downtown Tokyo. He met with residents of Fukushima Prefecture before a preview fan screening of his new movie, "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol."

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JALD Alumni Trip to Japan

On September 4th?10th, 2011, a group of JALD alumni with strong backgrounds in NPO/NGO activities traveled to Japan. They used their collective experiences as a springboard for meetings with business, government, NPO/NGO and political leaders from Japan.

"We were all inspired by the dedication, commitment and passion of the emerging new NPO/NGO leaders in Japan who are involved in the rebuilding of the Tohoku area." 

- Trip leader and USJC Board Member Kaz Maniwa.

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White House Internships Available

From our friends at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders:

The White House is currently accepting applications for its summer 2012 internship program.  The summer program runs from May 29, 2012 through August 10, 2012, and the application deadline is January 22, 2012.  Read this blog to learn more about the internship experience.  Click HERE to apply.

Japan Poll Finds Record Good Will for U.S. - New York Times

A record 82 percent of Japanese report having friendly feelings toward the United States, according to results of an annual government poll released Sunday, in the first such survey taken since the American military’s huge humanitarian effort last spring in Japan’s tsunami-ravaged northeast.

While the United States has consistently scored highly in the Cabinet Office’s annual poll of attitudes toward foreign countries, the latest result was the highest since the survey began in 1978. Only 16 percent of respondents reported not having a friendly attitude toward the United States, the lowest such result ever.

Local news outlets said the results reflected the good will created here by Operation Tomodachi, or “friend,” in which 20,000 American military personnel members and 20 warships helped with rescue and relief operations after the deadly earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

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U.S. & Japan in the News

Featured story: More diversity in workforce touted as recipe for success
Japan Times, 11/8/2011 - Congrats to GOLD on a successful 4th Symposium.

Noda Rejects Dismissing Defense Minister Ichikawa
Mainichi Daily News, 12/5/2011

Japanese Tourist Industry Breathes Seasonal Sigh of Relief
CNN, 12/5/2011

New Contaminated Water Leak at Fukushima Nuke Plant May Have Hit Ocean
Mainichi Daily News, 12/5/2011

Japan Poll Finds Record Good Will Toward U.S.
New York Times, 12/4/2011

Hashimoto's Victory Sets Stage for Nuclear Power Showdown with KEPCO
Japan Times, 12/1/2011 

Tokyo 2020 Unveils Logo, Pledges Better Bid
Yomiuri Shimbun, 12/1/2011

Senior Defense Official Replaced Over Indiscreet Comment
Yomiuri Shimbun, 12/1/2011

U.S. Remains Committed to Base Relocation Despite Japan Scandal
Mainichi Daily News, 11/30/2011

Fukushima Meltdown in Japan May Have Been Worse Than Thought
New York Times, 11/30/2011