OBAMA/ABE JOINT STATEMENT OFFICIALLY ENDORSE BRIDGING SCHOLARSHIPS AND FRIENDSHIP BLOSSOM INITIATIVE

April 25, 2014 

The Obama/Abe Joint Statement, issued on April 25, 2014, includes language that endorses the Bridging Foundation and Friendship Blossoms:

“…These government programs are complemented by the many non-governmental programs linking the people of our two countries… Such programs are indispensable, as are the dozens of academic associations, university linkages, and privately-funded exchanges, for example …the United States-Japan Bridging Foundation Scholarships…”

“Symbolizing the grassroots friendship uniting our nations, the U.S. government and a range of private sector partners have created the Friendship Blossoms Initiative, which is currently planting 3,000 American dogwood trees throughout Japan on behalf of the people of the United States, to reciprocate the City of Tokyo’s gift of 3,000 flowering cherry trees to Washington, DC in 1912.  The 1912 gift from Japan is celebrated each year during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, an iconic spring event in Washington, D.C. ”

These endorsements are part of a special section of the Joint Statement that highlights the importance of U.S.-Japan bilateral exchanges.  The section begins, “Broad people-to-people exchange between Japan and the United States has been a key pillar of our Alliance since its inception.  Close ties and shared values between the people of the United States and the people of Japan form the foundation of the global partnership between our nations.”

Read the full text here:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/25/us-japan-joint-statement-united-states-and-japan-shaping-future-asia-pac