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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CULCON Will Convene Public Forum: Curating Japan in the Olympic Era 1964/2020

The CULCON Arts Dialogue Committee will convene a Public Forum:  Curating Japan in the Olympic Era 2965/2020 with a keynote address by photographer and designer Hiroshi Sugimoto.  The Forum will take place Friday, November 20, 2015, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20560.  A reception will follow from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Seating is Limited and Complimentary.  Kindly reserve by November 10. Any unreserved seats will be available, first come first serve on November 20.  Please reserve at this link:  https://www.greenvelope.com/event/Curating-Japan-CULCON-Nov-20.


Monday, August 10, 2015

CULCON Convenes 5th Summit of U.S.-Japan Organizations

The U.S. CULCON Secretariat hosted a fifth summit on August 8, 2015, attended by more than fifty participants from thirty organizations involved with U.S.-Japan exchanges. The focus of the meeting was the next 70 years of public diploIMG_9296macy between the two countries. Mr. Joseph Young, Director of Japanese Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, discussed recent developments in U.S.-Japan relations and the significance of people-to-people exchanges. Deputy Assistant Secretary Robin Lerner, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, also joined the meeting and updated the gathering on an ECA initiative to establish an internship opportunity for Japanese youth in the U.S.

Of special note, among the participants at the summit were members of the newly formed board of directors of USJETAA, who were in Washington, D.C. to hold their first board meeting. Their contributions to the discussion and the information-gathering and interactions with other participants were all beneficial milestones in the quest to engage a younger constituency of U.S.-Japan specialists.

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.

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