The Journal The Authority on Global Business in Japan


JULY 2014
Happy Independence Day to ACCJ Journal Readers

From U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy

On July 3, 1776, John Adams predicted that Americans would celebrate a “great anniversary festival” of the birth of our nation.

Two hundred thirty-eight years after he participated in the first Independence Day celebration in Philadelphia, I have the honor of wishing all of you—Americans and our friends here in Japan—a joyful Fourth of July.

Let us celebrate the ideals expressed so nobly in the Declaration of Independence.

This powerful document evokes universal truths: that all people are created equal, that all people have inalienable rights, and that government derives its just power from the consent of the people.

The United States–Japan relationship is built on shared values and common interests.

Both of our nations are mature democracies, committed to the rule of law and to peaceful resolution of controversies. Both are trading nations, dependent upon freedom of navigation and open markets.

No one knows better than the members of the ACCJ the importance of our two nations’ deep and abiding relationship.

This is why, from the moment I arrived as U.S. Ambassador last November, I have valued the chance to spend time with the chamber. Your work, whether through committees or as individuals, encourages sustainable growth, generates new trade and investment, and deepens economic and personal exchange between the United States and Japan.

I would like to extend a special holiday greeting to ACCJ Journal readers and all 2,800 ACCJ members from more than 1,000 companies and over 40 countries.

Thank you for your active participation in the chamber’s important work, and best wishes for a meaningful and memorable Independence Day.