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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

  • CulCon_group

    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 XXV was held in Tokyo on April 9-11, 2012.  CULCON XXVI will be held in Washington, DC » READ MORE

    CULCON XXV

  • 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, April 17, 2014

CULCON is pleased to announce the second monthly edition of its new blog, World Wise!

Ben Makihara

CULCON is pleased to announce the second monthly edition of its new blog, World Wise, a collection of short reflections from diplomats, business leaders, educators and others who have studied abroad in Japan and the United States.

This month, read a reflection by Mr. Ben Makihara titled “An American Experience”. Mr. Ben Makihara is chair of Japan CULCON Panel and former CEO of Mitsubishi Corporation. Mr. Makihara arrived in the U.S. in 1949 where he studied for a year at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire.

Next month look forward to reading: “Study Abroad and the Art of Kimono” by Ashley Hayes, former Bridging Scholar.

With the goal of bringing visibility to the merits of U.S. and Japanese overseas experiences, and the organizations responsible for organizing and hosting educational and cultural exchanges, CULCON will post World Wise on the 15th of every month. Be sure to follow World Wise and spread the word to friends and colleagues.

World Wise (http://studyabroad.jusfc.gov/)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CULCON is pleased to announce the launching of its new blog, World Wise !

world wiseCULCON is pleased to announce the launching of its new blog, World Wise a collection of short reflections from diplomats, business leaders, educators and others who have studied abroad in Japan and the United States.

Look forward to reading:  “The Accidental Diplomat” by Mr. Kurt Tong,DCM of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, “Educating the Educator through Study Abroad” by Yusuke Matsuda,Founder,Teach for Japan; and “Study Abroad and the Art of Kimono” by Ashley Hayes, former Bridging Scholar and project manager for HR at AltSchool, an EdTech startup in San Francisco and “An American Experience” by Mr. Ben Makihara, Chair of Japan CULCON Panel and former CEO of Mitsubishi Corporation.

With the goal of bringing visibility to the merits of U.S. and Japanese overseas experiences, and the organizations responsible for organizing and hosting educational and cultural exchanges, CULCON will post World Wise on the 15th of every month.  Be sure to follow World Wise and spread the word to friends and colleagues.

World Wise (http://studyabroad.jusfc.gov/)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March 11

On March 11, 2011, three years ago today, Japan was devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent Triple Disaster.  The years since this horrific disaster have brought out stories of both tragedy and of resilience, and the anniversary is a time for contemplation and reflection. We mourn those of all nationalities who were lost in the disaster, and our thoughts are with those who are still working to rebuild their lives and  the Tohoku region.

The disasters highlighted the strength of relations at all levels of society between the peoples of the United States and Japan. Last year, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) released a report revealing that U.S. giving for the Japan disaster exceeded $710 million and is one of the largest responses in history.   We at U.S. CULCON will continue to promote public/private partnerships to sustain the U.S.-Japan relationship and we look forward to working in partnership with the people of Japan in their rebuilding efforts.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Harry Hill Becomes Chairman of U.S. CULCON

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the U.S. CULCON Panel are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chairman, Mr. Harry A. Hill. 

Mr. Hill, a native of New York City, has served as President and CEO of Oak Lawn Marketing, a branding and media company that owns Shop Japan, the largest infomercial brand in Japan, since 2006. He brings with him a wealth of experience related to educational and cultural exchange and entrepreneurship, having lived and worked in Japan for nearly thirty years.  Mr. Hill served as a participant on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme and its precursor program, the Monbusho English Fellows from 1987-1990 in Gifu Prefecture, where he created a strong network of individuals and government officials who would later help him in building his professional career.   His extensive professional experience includes founding H&R Consultants, a leading lease providing and relocation service in Tokyo and Nagoya.  In addition, Mr. Hill has been actively involved in numerous charitable and non-profit organizations, including the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation, where he has been a (more…)

Monday, February 3, 2014

CULCON Collaborates with Japan-America Society of Hawai’i on Symposium

CULCON and Japan-America Society of Hawai’i collaborated on a unique public symposium last month to highlight the importance of public diplomacy.

Mr. Harry Hill, Chair of the U.S. CULCON Panel addresses the gathered guests on the importance of educational interchange at the Public Forum, East-West Center.

Mr. Harry Hill, Chair of the U.S. CULCON Panel addresses the gathered guests on the importance of educational interchange at the Public Forum, East-West Center.

The Public Symposium  was conceived to take advantage of the CULCON Educational Task Force (ETF) Meeting, held this year in Honolulu.  Attending the ETF meeting were nearly 30 U.S. and Japan experts on education to discuss its annual report, looking for solutions to address the declining interest of Japanese studying in the U.S. and the low U.S. student numbers studying in Japan. At the evening event, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State, Honorable Susan Stevenson led off the symposium by stating how the U.S. government stresses the importance of promoting international exchanges, including educational ones. Following Ms. Stevenson’s remarks, Mr. Masato Otaka, Minister for Public Affairs, Embassy of Japan in the United States listed the recent problematical trend of decreasing numbers of Japanese

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