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On July 4, 2020, we mark the 244th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the symbolic birth of the United States of America. Across our long history, this year to date will surely stand out in memory, with the challenges of Covid-19 and the historic movement for racial justice and equality in the United States. In several months, the presidential election will make this year even more memorable. Against this backdrop, I feel all the more privileged to wish a happy Independence Day to our partners at the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) on behalf of our team at the US Embassy and Consulates.

It has also been a monumental year for the US–Japan partnership. We began the year by commemorating the 60th anniversary of our countries’ Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, the textual foundation of our Alliance. Over the decades, this partnership has become the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific, and we continue to work side by side to address the evolving security challenges in the region and beyond.

Earlier this year, we also saw two important agreements enter into force: the US–Japan Trade Agreement and our first ever digital trade agreement. These achievements are already deepening the economic links that form another pillar of our partnership. I would like to thank the ACCJ and its members for their support and advocacy throughout the negotiations. These efforts were integral to success.

Of course, we continue to grapple with Covid-19 and its staggering impact on all aspects of life. Throughout the crisis, the United States and Japan have demonstrated the close cooperation that is emblematic of our relationship, from our coordinated care for the passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship to collaborative research by US and Japanese health experts on potential cures. I applaud the ACCJ’s own efforts, and those of its member companies, to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on the economy and society at large. ACCJ initiatives in information technology, pharmaceuticals, and other areas have been indispensable in addressing this crisis and speeding recovery efforts.

As we celebrate this holiday alongside family and friends, I invite all to reflect on the spirit and history of the occasion. Let us reaffirm the conviction, as set forth by our founders in the Declaration of Independence, that all are created equal with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As we continue our quest to ensure equality and build an ever more perfect union, I am confident that success will continue to define this and all our country’s endeavors. We also remain fortunate to have strong friends such as Japan who share our vision, values, and sense of mission in the world.

Best wishes to all ACCJ members and their families, and happy Fourth of July.

Joseph M. Young
Chargé d’Affaires
Embassy of the United States, Tokyo


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I applaud the ACCJ’s own efforts, and those of its member companies, to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on the economy and society at large.