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  • Amb kennedy,hah,paige,thierry

    CULCON celebrates more than 50 years of commitment to promoting educational and cultural exchange between the people of Japan and the U.S.  On February 18, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan, Ambassador Kennedy held a welcome reception for Harry Hill, the new » READ MORE

    Welcome Reception Harry Hill

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    In order to strengthen U.S. congressional interest in and knowledge about Japan, CULCON convenes U.S.-Japan related organizations to discuss and promote legislative exchanges. Participants agreed to share ideas and collaborate.




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    CULCON Collaborates with U.S.-Japan Council to Convene Third U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange Summit

  • ETF Jan 2014 Honolulu

    CULCON gathers current information, convenes and informs.  A binational Education Task Force evaluated the status of student exchanges and presented recommendations to leaders in Japan and the United States to double the number of study abroad students in both countries. » READ MORE

    CULCON Releases Recommendations to Double Student Exchanges Between Japan and the United States

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    Through a biennial plenary session and symposia in Japan and the U.S., CULCON convenes U.S. and Japanese policymakers, scholars and business leaders.   CULCON XXVI was held in Washington, DC on November 17-18, 2014.  CULCON XXVII will be held in Japan » READ MORE


  • harry

    With support from the U.S. Department of State, CULCON engages and informs U.S. audiences about opportunities for educational and cultural exchange. Harry Hill addresses members of the U.S.-Japan community in Honolulu, Hawai’i at a symposium highlighting the importance of public » READ MORE

    Symposium on Public Diplomacy

  • world wise

    People-to-people exchanges are a critical and sustaining component of the U.S.-Japan relationship.World Wise is a monthly blog designed to keep you informed—and inspired to get involved—through the real-life stories of people who have studied abroad in either the U.S.   » READ MORE

    World Wise Blog

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

CULCON XXVI: Renews Efforts to Double U.S.-Japan Study Abroad by 2020

CULCON XXVI conveculcon_ambassadorsned on November 17-18, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Chairman Harry Hill and Minoru Makihara presided over discussions on challenges and opportunities in U.S.-educational and arts exchange.  Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae delivered greetings from President Obama and Prime Minister Abe respectively.  The meetings were held at S&R Foundation’s Evermay Estate in Georgetown.

The Joint Statement includes recommendations for educational exchange and arts exchange, including a renewed effort to double the number of U.S.-Japan study abroad students by 2020, as well as other areas, including digital access and education for sustainable development.  Please read more about the Joint Statement here.



Monday, November 3, 2014

Spring 2015 Internship Opportunity

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation in Washington, DC are seeking a Spring 2015  intern to support current initiatives, especially the Friendship Blossoms Initiative, a public-private gift of 3,000 dogwood trees to the people of Japan in reciprocation to the gift of cherry trees 100 years ago. Intern will be involved in coordinating tree plantings, reviewing incoming applications for tree plantings from Japanese municipalities as well as designing and disseminating informational outreach efforts via social media. Applicants should have translation skills (Japanese to English) and excellent research, internet and organizational skills. 24-40 hours/week in our Washington, DC office, flexible schedule. JUSFC will reimburse transportation costs. Please send a resume and cover letter to: culcon@jusfc.gov.

The CULCON Secretariat in Washington, DC is seeking a Spring 2015 semester intern to support CULCON initiatives, including disseminating information via social media, a new web-based project on cultural, educational and people-to-people exchange opportunities. Applicants should have excellent research, internet and organizational skills and some knowledge of Japan and/or Japanese language. 8-24 hours/week in our Washington, DC office, flexible schedule. CULCON will reimburse transportation costs.  Please send a resume and cover letter to: culcon@jusfc.gov.

Click Here to learn more about the internship program and to hear from past interns.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Monument to All Our Sins: An American in Hiroshima~August Installment of World Wise Now Avaliable

The 6th installment of U.S. CULCON’s World Wise: Study Abroad Blog is now available!

All over the world, there are advocates for the abolishment of nuclear weapons, but they all look to Hiroshima to lead the charge. For these citizens are the ones who must live widustin-picth actual memories of an atomic bombing. They are the ones who have the first-hand accounts and can truly describe what it feels like to lose a loved one to nuclear weapons. Reflecting on this notion in my room, I was truly thankful that the people of the city could share their experiences with me.Though it wasn’t always easy to swallow all the emotional turmoil that went with this visit, I left Hiroshima better person. To this day it will remain one of the highlights of not only this trip, but of my entire life. To Hiroshima, I left a prayer, but to me, it left something even more profound. To me, it left the strength and resolve necessary to pursue a peace: a peace it was robbed of: a peace that needs pursuit: a peace that is the right of every man, woman, and child in existence today.”

Click Here to read more about the study abroad experience and reflections of Dustin Nguyen, Bridging Scholar.


Monday, July 14, 2014

The Lasting Impact of Study Abroad~July Installment of World Wise Now Available

The 5th installment of U.S. CULCON’s World Wise: Study Abroad Blog is now available!

“The face-to-face encounter with an unfamiliar culture is increasingly more valuable in today’s world of ever expanding globalization and sophisticated communication technology. There is a greater need for a young generation of individuals who are able to collaborate with others of diverse backgrounds and ideologies in finding common values and creative solutions to new crises that challenge the humanity toward the mid-21st century. Study abroad still is a reliable source for opportunities and hopes.”

Click Here to read more about the study abroad experience and reflections of Masako Notoji, retired Professor of American Studies at the University of Tokyo and former Japan CULCON panelist.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

U.S. CULCON & U.S.-Japan Council Hold Legislative Exchange Summit

DSC_1894U.S. CULCON and the U.S.-Japan Council convened a public policy meeting at the U.S. Capital yesterday afternoon. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Representatives Tom Petri (R-WI) and Joaquin Castro (D-TX), congressional staff and organizing institutions spoke as to how legislative exchanges have enhanced their knowledge about Japan and their ability to make informed decisions. Frank Januzzi of the Mansfield Foundation, an organization that facilitates such exchanges, told a packed audience of efforts to offer policymakers first-hand knowledge about Japan and to broker strong professional relationships between members of congress and their Japanese counterparts. These relationships and deep understanding help address the many issues both countries face related to domestic, regional and global challenges. Jeff Lowenstein, Deputy Chief-of-Staff and Legislative Director of Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) also participated in the discussion moderated by Michael Schiffer of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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