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Supporters of the Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) have their fingers crossed that Members of Congress finally will approve legislation to implement the accord shortly after returning from their August recess.

National Pastimes: US-Japan Baseball Diplomacy

by Grace Ruch
Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Major League Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. welcomed a group of 16 young Japanese baseball and softball players and their coaches as part of the US State Department’s first US-Japan international sports exchange. Baseball is the most...
The annual joint US-ROK Combined Forces Command (CFC) exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) will take place August 16 through August 26 and formally commences one day after South Korea’s Independence Day, August 15. The exercise is a simulated computerized command and control exercise...
This year, Deputy Chief of Mission Jim Zumwalt becomes the first US official to attend both the memorial ceremonies in Hiroshima on August 6 and in Nagasaki today, as Japan finds itself embroiled in another nuclear crisis as a result of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and subsequent...

A Round-up of US-Japan Trade Features

by Grace Ruch
Trade has been a central element of US-Japan relations, with its attendant ups and downs, for over 150 years. The Treaty of Kanagawa was the first agreement signed between the United States and Japan in 1854, the end result of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry’s famous mission to open the...

The US Seafood Market and Southeast Asia

by Ray Hervandi
Southeast Asia is an increasingly important player in the US seafood market. Although stagnant fish stocks, growing demand for seafood products, and chronic overfishing are constraining mature fishery sectors, such as the United States’, the same trends are bringing about opportunities...
Kim, who is a career US Foreign Service Office, has served as Special Envoy for the Six Party Talks for the past three years for which he was accorded the rank of Ambassador. Importantly, following his anticipated confirmation by the US Senate, Kim also will enjoy the distinction of being...

It Takes Two: Imports Increase as US Trade with Asia Grows

by Grace Ruch
In April of this year, the United States trade deficit sharply contracted 11%, due to a strong uptick in exports, a drop in foreign oil purchases, and a sharp reduction in automotive and auto parts imports as a result of the disasters in Japan in March. However, last week the US Department...

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