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American Airlines to Serve as the Official Airline of U.S.-Japan Council 2012 Annual Conference
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American will be a Platinum Sponsor of the Third Annual Conference

FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines, a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, has announced that it will be a platinum sponsor and the official airline of the third annual U.S.-Japan Council Conference. American will support the U.S.-Japan Council’s efforts to promote people-to-people connections as well as to inspire and engage Japanese Americans to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations. The conference is scheduled to be held in Seattle, from Oct. 4 to 6. Keynote speakers include Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca M. Blank, U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Commerce Norman Mineta, Takeshi Niinami, President and CEO, Lawson, Inc., and Raymond Conner, Executive Vice President of The Boeing Company and President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“We are grateful to receive the generous support of American Airlines for the annual conference again this year”, said Irene Hirano-Inouye, President of the U.S.-Japan Council. “I am honored that Tom Horton, Chairman and CEO of AMR and American Airlines, serves on the
U.S.-Japan Council’s Board of Councilors.”

“We view our relationship with the U.S.-Japan Council as being of the utmost importance in promoting commerce and the cultural exchanges of ideas between the two great countries,” said Will Ris, American’s Senior Vice President – Government and Regulatory Affairs. “We have been flying between Japan and the U.S. for more than 20 years and we are excited to support the Council’s annual conference. Our work with the Council, combined with our strong partnership with Japan Airlines, area a priority for our company as Japan continues to recover from the natural disaster of 2011.”

American’s sponsorship is the latest in a series of actions by the airline to strengthen business, tourism and the cultural exchanges of ideas between the U.S. and Japan. Last fall, American was one of the sponsors of the Japan Rising Conference, held in Los Angeles, to promote tourism after the tragic March 2011 Japan disaster. This past summer North Texas was the host of the 22nd U.S. Japan Grassroots Summit. Don Casey, American’s Vice President of – Revenue Management, and the president of Japan America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, welcomed 160 Japanese people including the students from the earthquake-and-tsunamidamaged area of Japan.

American Airlines has a strong commitment to corporate responsibility and supports a number of local and national organizations. For information on American’s overall corporate responsibility, visit www.aa.com and select Corporate Responsibility from the “About Us” section.

About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and American Connection® serve 250 cities in 50 countries with, on average, more than 3,600 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers nearly 900 aircraft. American's award-winning website, AA.com® , provides users with easy access to
check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld®
Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve approximately 900 destinations with more than 9,000 daily flights to 145 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. American Airlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR).

About U.S.-Japan Council
The U.S.-Japan Council is a 501(c) 3 non-profit educational organization that contributes to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations by bringing together diverse leadership, engaging stakeholders and exploring issues that benefit communities, businesses and government entities on both sides of the Pacific. The Council promotes people-to-people relations as crucial to a strong U.S.-Japan relationship. Recognizing the catalytic role that Japanese Americans play in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations, the Council cultivates a national network of Japanese American leaders known as Council Members. The Council was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Washington, DC with a regional office in Los Angeles, CA. 

In 2012, the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) was created to support the administration of the TOMODACHI Initiative. The U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) maintains an office in Tokyo, Japan. 

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