In praise of CIE
Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
Japan and the United States are close allies. After the Great East Japan Earthquake, substantial support was provided by the United States, representing the firmness of our bilateral relationship.
I am committed to further strengthening our alliance which serves as the linchpin of the Japanese diplomacy. Broad mutual understanding and trust between the people of the two countries lie at the foundation of the alliance. From this perspective, grassroots exchanges have a vital role and I wish for the further success of the John Manjiro - Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange.
Caroline Kennedy, Former Ambassador, Embassy of United States of America
I commend the John Manjiro-Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange (CIE) for its continued efforts to foster deeper friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. In particular, the annual Japan-America Grassroots Summit serves as a bridge between our two countries. In our increasingly globalized world, people-to-people exchange programs like this one are more important than ever. The mutual understanding, empathy, and amity they create form the foundation on which enduring global peace and prosperity is built. I offer my warmest congratulations and best wishes to the CIE for many more years of continued success.