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    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


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    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

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    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, 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.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AIEA TeamUp Panel and CULCON Informational Breakfast Session

TeamUp: U.S.-Japan Educational Partnerships as a Vehicle for Student Mobility
USJBF convened a panel on FebruaAIEA TeamUp Panelry 16th, 2015 at the Association of International Education Administrators and Conference (AIEA) in Washington, DC. The panel introduced the TeamUp campaign, a CULCON-inspired initiative that highlights innovations in institutional partnerships that result in student mobility. The AIEA TeamUp panel also discussed the importance of identifying, establishing, and maintaining institutional partnership. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy expressed via video her support of senior international education professionals and their investment in tomorrow’s global leaders through student exchange. Panelists included Dr. Susan Sutton of Bryn Mawr College, Dr. Shingo Ashizawa of Toyo University and Dr. Michael Pippenger of Columbia University. The panel was moderated by Ms. Paige Cottingham-Streater.

New U.S.-Japan Initiatives to Promote Student Mobility
On February 17th, CULCON, Waseda University, and Toyo University held an informational breakfast session, “New U.S.-Japan Initiatives to Promote Student Mobility,” which was attended by 120 college and university senior international officers. There, Paige Cottingham-Streater highlighted recent developments in the U.S.-Japan partnership, including TeamUp. The session closed with discussion on how U.S. and Japanese universities can collaborate more effectively using new sources of private and public funding.

Over the past 70 years of the U.S.-Japan partnership, student exchange has formed the bedrock of our people-to-people ties. The TeamUp campaign was created in response to Ambassador Kennedy targeting institutional partnerships as a primary means of realizing the goals of CULCON’s Education Task Force (ETF). Funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy Tokyo through the U.S. Japan Bridging Foundation, TeamUp will help realize CULCON’s goal of doubling the number of U.S. and Japanese studying in each other’s countries, as endorsed by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe during their April 2014 summit.

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.


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