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160th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between the United States and Japan

Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 30, 2014


On March 31, we commemorate the 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Japan. Since the conclusion of the Treaty of Peace and Amity on March 31, 1854 in what is today the city of Yokohama, our nations have enjoyed a remarkable journey together.

The U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region, and our partnership drives global economic growth, propels scientific and technological development, and strengthens democracy and development across the world.

The people of the United States are proud to celebrate our 160-year relationship with the people of Japan. We look forward to even deeper friendship between future generations of U.S. and Japanese citizens.


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