Photo by Ray Yamamoto
The U.S.-Japan Council and the APEC 2011 Hawai’i Host Committee co-hosted an international trade reception at the Bishop Museum on Friday to celebrate the continued strength of the U.S.-Japan relationship. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba, U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk and Senator Daniel K. Inouye all made remarks. More than 600 leaders attended the reception including Minister Yukio Edano from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, Congresswomen Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle and other officials. "Under President Obama, the U.S. has an increasingly stronger presence in the Asia Pacific region and I am extremely encouraged by that," said Noda at the reception. "Japan and the U.S. must partner in order to play a major role in the Asia-Pacific Region."