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Caroline Kennedy U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Caroline Kennedy
U.S. Ambassador to Japan

When the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence 239 years ago, John Adams said he believed the date would be celebrated by succeeding generations as a great anniversary festival with pomp and parade, games, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other forevermore.

I am honored to continue the tradition started by our founding fathers in celebrating our nation’s history, heritage, and people, and would like to wish all of you a happy Fourth of July.

Enduring relationships with countries like Japan, who share our democratic values, respect for human rights, and the rule of law, help us to live up to the promises made in the Declaration of Independence.

Japan is not only one of our closest allies and a key partner in international trade, but is also deeply engaged with the United States in leading the way to a brighter future for the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Our nations work in global partnership in the areas of health, security, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, the education of women and girls, energy security and climate change, and nonproliferation.

The trust and friendship between the United States and Japan has been built and sustained by our parents and grandparents. We should not take it for granted.

Each generation of our young people must continue to build new relationships so that this alliance, and others like it, can continue to play a positive role in the world.

For more than 65 years now, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) has played a key role in bringing together new generations of Japanese and Americans and keeping these relationships close and strong.

I have especially valued the time I have spent with the Chamber and its members this year, as we all continue to work to encourage prosperous business relations, generate new trade and investment, and deepen the exchange of people and ideas between the United States and Japan.

As we celebrate the founding of our nation, I extend to The Journal readers, and particularly to the 3,000+ ACCJ members who represent 1,000 companies and over 40 countries, my warmest wishes for your continued success and a joyful and memorable Independence Day.