As the economic crisis goes global, Japan, like the U.S., has been hit particularly hard. In times of peril, however, there are opportunities for new partnerships, and the U.S. and Japan are forging unprecedented alliances.
Japan's prime minister was the first foreign leader to visit the new U.S. president in office, and the two nations are embarking on a joint effort to stem global and regional woes.
Ambassador Fujisaki details what lies ahead for the Japan-U.S. relationship as the world enters a new and uncertain era.
A native of Kagoshima Prefecture in southwestern Japan, Ichiro Fujisaki became ambassador of Japan to the United States on June 4, 2008. Fujisaki joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1969, and worked as a political minister at the Japanese embassy in Washington. From 1999 to 2002, he served as the director-general of the North American Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.