Secretary Clinton Celebrates International Sports Exchanges With Japan

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 10, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., 16 Japanese youth baseball and softball players, and four coaches participating in the U.S. Department of State's first international sports exchange with Japan on August 9, 2011. During the meeting, Secretary Clinton reiterated U.S. support for Japan as the country recovers and rebuilds following the March 2011 natural disasters. The Secretary also highlighted the role of sports to empower young people worldwide and how international sports exchange programs provide an opportunity for participating youth and the Americans they meet to share and learn how sports can play an important role in overcoming adversity.

Secretary Clinton and Cal Ripken, Jr., discussed his upcoming trip to Japan as a Public Diplomacy Envoy and the strong relationship between the people of the United States and Japan.

Secretary Clinton said, "We are so delighted to welcome the ambassador and also Cal Ripken, Jr., here today as we celebrate the wonderful program, the Japanese sports visitor program, that's been going on for a long time. But it's particularly meaningful to us now as we reach out to the Japanese people and show our support for them. And as I was saying to the young people and to the ambassador and to Cal, we love Japan for many reasons, but one of them is because they love baseball. So this is an extra special treat for us.""And we're very proud that Cal Ripken, Jr., who's such an icon of the sport all over the world, is one of our public diplomacy envoys."

Partnering with the Cal Ripken World Series, the Little League World Series and Ripken Baseball, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' SportsUnited Office is conducting an international exchange August 8-23 with 16 Japanese youth, ages 14-17 that play baseball and softball. These young people will participate in clinics and team-building exercises with their American counterparts. Cal Ripken, Jr., will also meet with the Japanese delegation and lead a clinic with them on August 17 during the annual Cal Ripken World Series at the Ripken Youth Baseball Academy in Aberdeen, Maryland. In addition, they are slated to attend the 65th Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. While in Williamsport, the Japanese youth will participate in the Opening Day parade and throw out the first pitch for Japan's game on August 18.

In November, Cal Ripken, Jr., will travel to Japan to meet with youth from the affected prefectures in Japan, including Tokyo. As a Public Diplomacy Envoy, Ripken will lead baseball and softball clinics as well as team-building exercises. More information regarding Ripken's travel to Japan will be forthcoming. This will be Ripken's third trip as a Public Diplomacy Envoy. In 2007, he traveled to China, and in 2008 he visited Nicaragua.

You can read Secretary Clinton's complete remarks with Cal Ripken, Jr., here, and you can find out more about Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., and Japanese Youth Lead Initial International Sports Exchange with Japan here.



Virginia, USA
August 10, 2011

Jen in Virginia writes:

Kudos to the State Department for participating in this great program! Like Hillary said, 'play balllll!'

South Korea
August 10, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Tablet PC 'Galaxy Tab 10.1 "active targeting the European market and trying to grasp, Samsung's plan met with a reef.

This application filed by a court in Germany 'European ban the sale of 10.1 gaelreoksitaep injunction request "will be accepted. Samsung Electronics 'injunction request reverse' policy, saying legal action, such as business plans for the time being naseotjiman inevitably a setback occurred.

I saw the news.
Why is this so in difficult times, to maintain employment, the economy and revive the company what you're going to kill Apple's why .....

I am the relationship between Apple and Samsung Secretary Clinton's relationship with President Obama, as the competition, but cooperation is encountered by a common enemy to defend our area, I think the relationship will have an obligation.

Apple more investment and effort in the field of concept, Samsung
concept of making a product
Believe that the advantages.

Ever, even if you have a problem with Samsung, after issuing a full recovery in the economy may wish to discuss what about?

And Germany does not make the tabs about the iPad Galaxy high-value industries such as machinery and chemistry with a strong influence on the country I think.

Düsseldorf - I post on a U.S. presidential election in 2008 when trying to tell a taxi car accident, then wore the clothing brand was Düsseldorf.

Japan's Prime Minister to select the context variables are thought to have occurred. 干事 长 ..... i think, it `s 本 音.

South Korea
August 15, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

That happened about a month ago.

Some of my bank account in Korea Exchange Bank-http: / /
There are accounts. Little money in order to collect donations made some international payments is to be available,
Today, someone tried to hack into my bank account.
I tried to donate all the money originally deposited, the card number was wrong 10dollar ten thousand donations each, and the rest was supposed to be left in the bank, and someone hacked into my bank account, I feel that way.

In this way I can hack into my bank account for donations and in what way, do a normal economic activity? Please help.

My guess is that Exchange Bank-http: / /
And South Korea's rulers to practice crime they'd hurt me to think. Finding them, I want to give as punishment. Instead, give me the punishment I earned money, hard work, he would donate part of the schedule, which, if such a situation, is impossible.

I want a job, without any contribution, without any thing to you that it's just this terrible situation is to occur. Please help.

NoLimit and FeedingAmerica, CF (for birthday) I was trying to even slightly, who are going to interfere?

if can kill this company? they are also prohibit to me.

13 is so late(can but effect is so slowly), i think
how about project of health care
Vice President...?

United States
September 10, 2011

Patrick in the U.S.A. writes:

What about the 10,000+ US children that have been abducted to, or held in Japan, that are being denied access to their American Heritage and Family ties? When will we say "enough is enough", stop lying about the numbers and start *publicly* calling Japan on their Human Right's Abuses against children? When will we *demand* that our children be returned?


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