Japan's Children's Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 2, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Japan on Children’s Day this May 5.

On this special day, Japanese families celebrate the joys of childhood and family life, strengthening their familial ties. The children of Japan and the United States represent the future of our bilateral relationship. As the President noted when he visited Japan last month, the lasting relationships built between our people will ensure the prosperity of future generations. We are committed to expanding opportunities for young people of both of our countries, including through encouraging U.S. and Japanese youth to visit and study in each other’s countries.

The close bonds of friendship between the United States and Japan allow us to work together to ensure the well-being of our children. The United States joins you in celebrating this special day.