For Immediate Release - December 11, 2013


TOKYO - Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick today met with United States Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy as part of the Massachusetts-Asia Innovation Partnership Mission. The two discussed foreign relations between Japan and the United States.

Prior to her nomination, Ambassador Kennedy served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Honorary Director of The Fund for Public Schools, and as Chief Executive of the Office of Strategic Partnerships of the New York City Department of Education. She has also served on the board of numerous non-profit organizations, boards and foundations, including as President and Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Director of the Legal Defense and Educational Fund of the NAACP, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ambassador Kennedy assumed duty as U.S. Ambassador to Japan in November 2013 and is the first female to hold this position.

From December 7-17, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick is leading a coalition of the Commonwealth’s government and industry leaders on the Massachusetts – Asia Innovation Partnership Mission to strengthen the state’s partnerships with Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, and expand opportunities between the Commonwealth and region for economic development and job creation in the innovation, life sciences, financial services, clean tech and transportation sectors.

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