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U.S. envoy Kennedy plants friendship tree at Ise Shrine

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy planted a dogwood tree on the grounds of Ise Shrine in central Japan on Wednesday as a symbol of friendship between Japan and the United States. "I can think of no better symbol of the friendship between our countries than these beautiful trees. Like us, they will grow and strengthen over the years, and ties between our countries will deepen and broaden," Kennedy said during the ceremony at the Shinto shrine dedicated to the ancestral deities of the imperial family in Mie Prefecture.

U.S. envoy Kennedy visits planned air base location

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Thursday visited a location planned to accommodate a replacement for the U.S. Marines Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture. The visit to Camp Schwab in the Henoko area of Nago on the eastern shore of Okinawa's main island was aimed at gaining support for the plan from local residents. It came after Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine expressed his opposition to the Henoko base construction plan at Wednesday's meeting with Kennedy in Naha, the prefecture's capital.

U.S. envoy Kennedy visits planned air base location

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Thursday visited a location planned to accommodate a replacement for the U.S. Marines Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture. The visit to Camp Schwab in the Henoko area of Nago on the eastern shore of Okinawa's main island was aimed at gaining support for the plan from local residents. It came after Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine expressed his opposition to the Henoko base construction plan at Wednesday's meeting with Kennedy in Naha, the prefecture's capital.

Mayor asks U.S. envoy Kennedy not to build new base in Okinawa

The mayor of a coastal city in Okinawa selected for a new U.S. military base told U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Wednesday that the facility should not be built, asking her to convey to President Barack Obama that local residents do not want their sea to be turned into land. Speaking to reporters after their meeting in Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine said he told Kennedy, "I don't want (the coastal area in Nago) to be landfilled ever. I don't want a new base to be built."

U.S. envoy Kennedy vows to tackle U.S. base issues in Okinawa

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Wednesday pledged to make efforts to reduce the burden on local residents of hosting U.S. military bases in Okinawa Prefecture. Kennedy, who is on her first visit to the southernmost prefecture as ambassador, told Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima in their meeting that she wants to continue cooperating with the local authorities on base issues, though she stopped short of referring specifically to a U.S. air base relocation plan approved in December by the governor.

U.S. envoy Kennedy visits Okinawa to meet local officials

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Tuesday made her first visit to Okinawa since she assumed the post in November, to meet local officials of the island prefecture hosting the bulk of the U.S. military presence in Japan. Arriving at Naha airport on an evening flight with her husband Edwin Schlossberg, Kennedy is scheduled to meet with Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima on Wednesday.

U.S. envoy Kennedy visits Okinawa to meet local officials

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Tuesday made her first visit to Okinawa since she assumed the post in November, to meet local officials of the island prefecture hosting the bulk of the U.S. military presence in Japan. Arriving at Naha airport on an evening flight with her husband Edwin Schlossberg, Kennedy is scheduled to meet with Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima on Wednesday.

U.S. envoy Kennedy to visit Okinawa in mid-February

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy plans to visit Okinawa in mid-February, her first trip to the island prefecture with a sizable U.S. military presence since she assumed the post in November, bilateral relations sources said Wednesday. The daughter of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy is expected to hold talks with local officials, including Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima, during her visit amid controversy over a bilateral plan to move a U.S. Marine Corps base elsewhere in Okinawa.

US envoy Kennedy tweets concern at Japanese dolphin hunt

US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has tweeted her concern at the "inhumaneness" of a Japanese village's traditional dolphin hunt. "Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG (US Government) opposes drive hunt fisheries," she tweeted on January 17. Every year the fishermen of Taiji corral hundreds of dolphins in a secluded bay, select a few dozen for sale to aquariums and marine parks and stab the rest to death for meat.

U.S. envoy Kennedy calls 1st visit to Nagasaki "deeply moving"

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Tuesday visited Nagasaki, one of the two Japanese cities hit by U.S. atomic bombs in 1945, for the first time since taking up her post last month. After visiting the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Kennedy said the visit was a "deeply moving experience" and that she would like to support the activities of atomic bomb victims as much as possible.
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