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Nice Japan Welcomes Sweet Caroline: Five Things to Know (The Huffington Post)
Branding Japan (Foreign Policy in Focus)
Uncool Japan: Japan's Gross National Propaganda (Metropolis)
Japan's 'brand' as good as the people behind it (The Japan Times) Lose the Moderator (The New York Times)
Holding Up Half the Sky (Metropolis)
Kennedy shows "soft-power skills" in visit to Japan's disaster zone (Associated Press)
Tokyo welcomes Caroline Kennedy as new ambassador (USA Today)
Les ambiguïtés de la nouvelle assurance japonaise (Le Monde) France
Il soft power è come sushi caldo: inverosimile (La Lettura Corriere Della Sera) Italy
Japan: The Super Nation Brand (YouTube)
The Future of Japanese Public Diplomacy (YouTube)
I absolutely love Japan and the Japanese people. For my American friends, if you have never visited, make sure that you try to visit Japan. It is not only one of the most important political allies to the United States, but also it is so rich culturally and spiritually. While there is no strong presence of organized religion, one does feel the Yamato-damashii (old soul) of the people. To know what I mean, watch an old Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story) or Akira Kurosawa (Ikiru) film.
In the post-3/11 era, anyone who visits Japan will feel a sense of gratitude. I feel lucky every day to have an opportunity to interact with the Japanese. I'm very grateful to the Japan Fulbright Commission, Japan Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council in New York for this opportunity to serve as an unofficial cultural ambassador of the United States of America. I'm a strong believer in the power of educational and cultural exchange in service to binational and global citizen interests. I salute the US Government's TOMODACHI public-private partnership to strengthen and renew ties between Japan and the US in the aftermath and recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake of 3/11.