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In 1854, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN, was selected to command an expedition to the Far East, and was authorized to negotiate a treaty with Japan.  The treaty permitted American ships to enter the ports of Hakodate and Shimoda to purchase supplies.  As it was only the beginning, the treaty had many limitations, but still was a momentous event in the history of the modern world.

So in honor of this great historical past achievement, Official Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Japan gathered to celebrate this occasion by the laying of wreaths in honor of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, USN.

The Honorable Teresa Paiva Weed, President of the Senate, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, welcomed the guest from Japan.

The pictured speaker is that of The Honorable Stephen Waluk, Mayor of Newport, Rhode Island.