Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Japan-U.S. Fulbright Program's 60th Anniversary

I am honored to congratulate the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission on the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-Japan Fulbright Program.

The Fulbright Program is built on the common interests and values that define the relationship between the United States and Japan. During the last six decades, the program has deepened the bonds of understanding and friendship between the people of our two countries while enriching and transforming the lives of more than 7,200 Japanese and 2,400 American students, scholars, researchers, and educators.

The success of the Japan-U.S. Fulbright Program stems from the truly collaborative nature of the bi-national Educational Commission, the sustained commitment of the Japanese government, and the generous support of our Fulbright alumni and private sector sponsors. Today, the program counts among its alumni six Nobel laureates, eight Pulitzer Prize recipients, and a wealth of internationally renowned scientists, journalists, policy makers, and scholars on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

The relationship between the people of the U.S. and Japan transcends government ties, as we saw last March when Americans quickly offered their support following the tragic events in Japan. These personal connections bring us together as allies and friends. The Fulbright Program ensures that the remarkable relationship we share will continue long into the future.

Happy anniversary to the U.S.-Japan Fulbright Program, and congratulations on 60 years of success!

Sincerely yours,

Hillary Rodham Clinton