Ambassador Roos Invites the Public to Follow him on Twitter

October 1, 2010

U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos sent his first "tweet" on Twitter this morning at 9:35 a.m. from his office in Tokyo. His message read:

"Happy to be joining millions of Japanese friends on Twitter!"

Ambassador Roos is keenly interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, and sees Twitter as a new way to communicate directly with the public. Ambassador Roos plans to use Twitter's real-time information network to share his experiences in Japan. He invites the public to follow his tweets at

Prior to his appointment as President Obama's personal representative in Japan, Ambassador Roos served as the Chief Executive Officer at California-based law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he helped lead the firm through waves of innovation in Silicon Valley; from the growth of software and communications, to the Internet Age and the emergence of biotechnology, to today's focus on clean technology and renewable energy.

Many U.S. government entities, officials, and U.S. Embassies overseas use Twitter, including the White House, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, the State Department, and Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip J. Crowley.

The Embassy's Information Resource Center tweets in Japanese at, and its Cultural, Educational, and Exchanges office tweets in Japanese at