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It is with great pleasure that I wish our partners at the American Chamber of Commerce Japan (ACCJ) a very happy Independence Day. I am honored to serve as US Ambassador to Japan as we celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s founding.

In the preceding months, we have seen US President Donald Trump make two historic trips to Japan. In May, the President arrived as Japan’s first state guest of the Reiwa era. He returned at the end of June to participate in the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Osaka. These visits underscored the enduring strength and importance of the US–Japan relationship and its future prospects.

Japan is our closest security partner, and our alliance is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. During his May visit, the President thanked Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his efforts to boost the depth and frequency of coordination between US forces in Japan and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces. Though we face ever-increasing pressures from regional rivals, we remain focused on ensuring our forces are equipped to meet all emerging challenges.

The President also reaffirmed the importance of our economic partner­ship. The United States and Japan are the two largest free-market economies in the world and enjoy vibrant and mutual cross-border investment and an important trading relationship. Our leaders have agreed to redouble efforts to put in place a bilateral trade agree­ment, and we continue to make progress toward achieving more reciprocal and balanced trade.

This July also marks the 50th anniver­sary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and humankind’s first footsteps on the surface of the moon. Half a century after making that giant leap, the United States and Japan are looking to build upon our shared history of achievement in space. Recently, the President and Prime Minister agreed to expand cooperation between the United States and Japan in advancing human spaceflight. Our nations will collaborate, alongside other partners, to return to the moon and lay the foundation for further human expansion across the solar system.

For more than 70 years, the ACCJ has made tremendous contributions to deepening the US­–Japan relationship. The ACCJ also plays a critical role in the US and international business communities through its advocacy, networking, and excellent work strengthening the bonds between our countries.

On behalf of the US Mission in Japan and the people of the United States, I thank you for your continued support and wish you and your families a spectacular Independence Day.

These companies join The ACCJ Journal in wishing readers a
happy Fourth of July.

William F. “Bill” Hagerty IV
is the 30th United States Ambassador to Japan.
The ACCJ plays a critical role in the US and international business communities through its advocacy, networking, and excellent work strengthening the bonds between our countries.