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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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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

USJBF, CULCON, and JUSFC holds Semi-Annual Meeting

IMG_1016On Monday, June 8, 2015, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), U.S. CULCON Panel, and the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) held semi-annual meetings in Washington, D.C. The three organizations strive to strengthen U.S.-Japan educational and cultural ties through innovative initiatives. Members discussed issues such as increasing U.S.-Japan student mobility, academic freedom and Japan Studies in the United States. Members also discussed ways to highlight the Commission’s 40th anniversary and its legacy of preparing Americans to assume future global leadership roles through U.S.-Japan people-to-people exchange.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Ambassador Kennedy unveils TeamUp at NAFSA

On May 27, 2015 Ambassador Caroline Kennedy unveiled the TeamUp RoadMap in a plenary session address at the NAFSA conference in Boston. As the concern about the low level of student mobility between the United States and Japan continues, Ambassador Kennedy emphasized tailoring support for the different needs of today’s students. Strategic partnerships between institutions are particularly well-suited to address the variety of needs.

The TeamUp RoadMap is a web-based comprehensive guide developed by a binational team to promote student mobility of American and Japanese students through strategic institutional partnerships. The campaign is a CULCON-inspired project of the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation with generous support of the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo. The campaign encourages and builds connections between American and Japanese institutions to foster relationships and mutual benefits in the long term.

NAFSA (Association of International Educators) is a national association dedicated to bringing together educators and professionals to promote international educational exchange. Approximately 5,000 international educators attended the ambassador’s speech. A part of the Ambassador’s speech can be found at here (United States Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy at NAFSA 2015)


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

U.S. CULCON Welcomes Prime Minister Abe

U.S. CULCON welcomes Prime Minister Abe on the occasion of his historic visit to President Obama in Washington, DC.  U.S. CULCON is proud to be part of the continuing effort to nurture this valued and long-standing partnership.  U.S. CULCON’s efforts focus on promoting opportunities for educational and arts exchange, the cornerstone of the alliance since its inception.  U.S. CULCON is particularly proud of its efforts to boost student mobility with the goal of doubling the number of Japanese and American students studying in each other’s country by 2020, a goal that was adopted by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe at their meeting a year ago.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Summer 2015 Internship Opportunities!

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), U.S. CULCON Secretariat and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) in Washington, DC are seeking TWO summer 2015 interns to support current initiatives, which include activities promoting U.S.-Japan cultural, educational and people-to-people exchange.  Interns will be disseminating information via social media, helping to plan a Summit of U.S.-Japan related organizations, assisting with the JUSFC grant-making selection process, and supporting the Friendship Blossoms, TeamUp and other campaigns.  Applicants should have excellent research, internet and organizational skills and some knowledge of Japan and/or Japanese language (translation skills a plus).  16-40 hours/week in our Washington, DC office, flexible schedule.  JUSFC/CULCON/USJBF will reimburse transportation costs.  Please see our website for further information about our activities and our excellent Internship Program:  http://culcon.jusfc.gov/about-us/internship-program

Please send a resume and cover letter to: culcon@jusfc.gov.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TeamUp to Create a 21st Century Workforce

On March 20th, 2015, TeamUp coKenedy 3-20-mediumconvened a 40-member panel of leaders from U.S. and Japanese colleges and universities at the American Center Japan in Tokyo. An additional 20 leaders in educational, cultural, and international affairs attended the session. Over a three hour panel, the educators discussed current growth opportunities in separate sub-panels: “Innovations Partnerships Designed for the 21st Century Student,” “Identifying, Establishing, and Maintaining Partnerships,” and “Internships: Fostering a Global Workforce.”

TeamUp is a year-long campaign to increase the number of American and Japanese undergraduate students studying in each other’s country by expanding relevant, active, mutually beneficial and innovative agreements among American and Japanese institutions of higher education. TeamUp is a CULCON-inspired initiative of the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation and the U.S. Embassy Tokyo under the leadership of Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.

One product of the TeamUp campaign will be the web-based RoadMap, “a guide to increasing U.S.-Japanese student mobility though strategic academic partnerships.” RoadMap helps inform colleges and universities of any size or scope as to the best practices and models needed to establish successful strategic partnerships.

Following the panel, participants joined Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, Minister of Education Hakubun Shimomura, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida, and CULCON Co-chair Ben Makihara at the Ambassador’s residence for a networking reception. Joining the private, public, and educational leaders in cultural and educational exchange were also a cohort of students participating in U.S.-Japan exchange programs.

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