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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Accepts “Honorary Member” Title

_MG_7860Ambassador Caroline Kennedy accepted an invitation to serve as an “Honorary Member” of the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) at the 27th plenary session on June 16-17, 2016. Presented by Chairs Ryozo Kato, Former Ambassador of Japan to the United States, and Harry A. Hill, President and CEO, Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc., the title recognizes Ambassador Kennedy’s important role in reinforcing the strong ties between the United States and Japan. Chairman Hill thanked Ambassador Kennedy for her active leadership and commitment to CULCON and its initiatives as he welcomed her as an “Honorary Member.” “Together we are creating more opportunities for students on both sides of the Pacific,” Ambassador Kennedy said, commending CULCON’s efforts in promoting cultural and educational U.S.-Japan bilateral exchanges.

During her acceptance remarks, Ambassador Kennedy also introduced “A Broader View,” a video collaboration with Japanese alumni of U.S. institutions that highlights their experiences abroad. Through this social media campaign, she aims to encourage alumni of U.S.-Japan exchange to serve as role models for future generations and inspire them to study abroad, recommending CULCON join in the effort.

Additionally, Ambassador Kennedy lauded the launch of a pilot program by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and encouraged greater participation in the initiative. This initiative combines internships with study abroad and serves as an asset to CULCON’s goal of doubling two-way student exchange by the year 2020.

For the full text please click: Ambassador Kennedy Press Release

Monday, June 20, 2016

CULCON XXVII Convenes in Tokyo

IMG_0958U.S. and Japanese CULCON Panels convened for CULCON XXVII in Tokyo on June 16-17, 2016. The panelists were joined by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy to discuss aspects of cultural, arts and educational exchange in U.S.-Japan relations. Highlights of the meetings include:

  • The title of “Honorary Member” was officially presented to Ambassador Kennedy by both Chairs in recognition of her important role in reinforcing the strong ties between the United States and Japan;
  • The Panels agreed that the issue of generational transition is most critical for the U.S.-Japan relationship, and established a new task force to examine the issues surrounding fostering of “The Next Generation of Leadership in the US Japan Relationship”;
  • CULCON commended efforts by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and U.S. Embassy Tokyo to launch a pilot program offering internship opportunities for U.S. and Japanese students in Japan;
  • CULCON discussed the importance of student mobility between the two countries, attention to English language education in Japan, Japanese language education in the U.S., globalization of universities; and cultivating partnerships between U.S. and Japanese universities (through the TeamUp campaign) for the future of U.S.-Japan relations.

The United States-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), is comprised of representatives from the government, business, academe and other sectors of Japan and the United States. The 27th Plenary Meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Ryozo Kato, Former Ambassador of Japan to the United States and Mr. Harry A. Hill, President and CEO, Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc. The Panels received congratulatory messages from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama, delivered by Japanese Director-General for Cultural Affairs Makita Shimokawa and the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Walter Douglas, respectively. For the full text please click: Joint Statement CULCON XXVII FINAL.



Friday, May 27, 2016

President Obama’s Historic Visit to Hiroshima

obama hiroshimaCULCON congratulates President Obama on his historic visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27, 2016.  Established by President Kennedy and Prime Minister Ikeda in 1961, the binational advisory panel continues to promote understanding and cooperation between Japan and the United States through educational and cultural people-to-people exchange.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Internships Available for Spring 2016

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), U.S. CULCON Secretariat and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) in Washington, DC are seeking TWO spring 2016 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 local 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.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Hiroshi Sugimoto Addresses CULCON Public Forum: Curating Japan in the Olympic Era 1964/2020


“I educate myself with my ‪#‎art‬ collection” ‪#‎HiroshiSugimoto‬ at the‪#‎CULCON‬ event at @FreerSackler

The CULCON Arts Dialogue Committee convened a Public Forum:  Curating Japan in the Olympic Era 1964/2020 with a keynote address by photographer and designer Hiroshi Sugimoto.  Co-sponsored by the Freer/Sackler Galleries, the Forum took place Friday, November 20, 2015, in the Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art.

Since the Games of the XVIII Olympiad in Tokyo in 1964, Japanese art and architecture have attracted wide international audiences.  This forum examined the rise in popularity of these art forms and explored the directions that Japanese art is taking as the country prepares for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

In addition to Mr. Sugimoto’s address, the agenda included a welcome by Dr. Louise Cort, representing the Freer/Sackler, remarks by Dr. Anne Morse and Mr. Masanori Aoyagi, co-chairs of the Arts Dialogue Committee; Dr. Yukie Kamiya, Director, Japan Society Gallery, “Action and Reaction: Contemporary Art in Japan and the International reception since 1964.”; and Dr. Ken Tadashi Oshima,University of Washington, and President-elect, Society of Architectural Historians, “Architectural Dialogues between Japan and the United States.”

The CULCON Arts Dialogue Committee was established at the 2010 CULCON plenary session to examine obstacles to artistic exchange between Japan and the United States and explore new areas of cooperation among artists.

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