AMBASSADORIAL .GREETING TO PARTICIPANTS
1987 TOHOKU-HOKKAIDO U.S.-JAPAN JOURNALIST CONFERENCE
It has been my privilege in previous years to extend official
greetings to this important annual meeting of Japanese and American
journalist,s. This year, I see that journalists from Hokkaido will join
their colleagues from Fukushima, Yamagata, ~iyagi, Morioka, Akita and Aomori
in meeting with United States 'journalists. I have always fostered efforts
to promote cultural exchange between oui< two nations and I believe that the
role played by Japanese newspapers and television stations in promoting
international exchange should be commended.
I have served as Ambassador to Japan for more than ·ten years now.
Since even before my arrival here, I have stressed that the U.S.-Japan
relationship is the most important bilateral relationship in the world
ba r none. During this ten~year period the relationship has continued to
grow in importance, and so has the need for greater mutual understanding.
We cannot overestimate the importance of newspapers and television in
informing us about each other and hopefully, increasing that indispensable
mutual understanding. During the next two days, you will examine how
editorial decisions are reached in the U.S. and Japan. You will look at how
cultural and social differences may affect the editorial decision-making in
two nations with democratic political institutions. I trust that after your
frank and open exchange of views the Japanese and American journalists will
leave Sapporo better able to fully understand the news as reported in the
other nation. Although this, may appear a modest goal, it could well be a
fundamental step toward greater understanding in a variety of areas.
Again, congratulations on your ninth meeting and my best wishes for
your continued success.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 32, Box 4, Folder 16, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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