Caroline Kennedy was sworn in as the ambassador to Japan on Tuesday. So, that had Wendy from Eagan wondering: What does being an ambassador entail? According to the U.S. State Department, a U.S. ambassador is the president’s highest-ranking representative to another country. That person’s main role is to coordinate the Foreign Service office and the staff that serves under him or her. An ambassador is nominated by the president, but must be approved by the Senate. Some ambassadors are long-time diplomats, and others have been political friends or allies. In this case, Caroline Kennedy is a well-known person from prominent political family who will fill a high-profile ambassadorship.
Yes, the Timberwolves are off to a great start, but even during their down years, there’s a season ticket holder who has stood by the team the whole way through. And Mitsuaki Ohno probably has the longest commute of anyone, traveling 6,000 miles from Tokyo every year, just to watch the Timberwolves.
A weapon once used in war is now a symbol of peace, thanks to a Minnesota man who wanted to do the “right thing.” Hundreds looked on as World War II veteran Orval Amdahl returned a Japanese sword to its rightful owner Saturday afternoon in St. Paul. Amdahl was given the sword 68 years ago as a war souvenir. He never felt it truly belonged to him, so Amdahl used an inscription on the sword to find its true owner, which led him to the Motomura family of Japan.
Orvall Amdahl clearly remembers the day his life would be forever changed. “November 19, 1942 I left San Francisco,” recalls the 94-year old from Lanesboro.
Have you ever thought about how you would celebrate your 90th birthday? The way Cocato native Carl Morris celebrated his may have you re-planning your party. Two weeks ago, Morris blew out the candles on his birthday cake. But our soggy weather delayed his birthday wish.
Check out this squid caught on video by Japanese divers.
Hair salon operator Regis Corp. is selling hair replacement services provider Hair Club for Men and Women to Japan’s Aderans Co. for $163.5 million in cash.
Two Japanese women’s soccer teams are taking the field at the Schwan’s USA Cup in Blaine. It’s the first time the teams has been back since the devastating earthquake and tsunami, which destroyed both of their neighborhoods.
Many around the globe took a moment Saturday to remember the devastation and heartache that united the world one year ago.
The buzz about the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad for Chyrsler has put the issue of buying an American car back in the forefront. But in an age when some American cars are assembled overseas, and some Japanese cars are assembled in the U.S., which cars are the most “American?”
Gov. Mark Dayton is off on a nine-day trade mission to South Korea that also includes several stops in Japan.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is planning to visit Japan in September, following in the flight path of his predecessors.
Trace amounts of radioactive material have been found in air samples in St. Paul and two other locations, likely from the damaged nuclear power plants in Japan.
Chad spoke with Wall Street Journal Peter Landers from Japan on the latest with their nuclear reactor crisis. We’ve got links to some of his stories.
The impact of the badly damaged Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan is being felt in the Twin Cities. A slight increase of radiation levels were found in a rainwater sample taken in St. Paul.