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Monday, July 14, 2014
The 5th installment of U.S. CULCON’s World Wise: Study Abroad Blog is now available!
“The face-to-face encounter with an unfamiliar culture is increasingly more valuable in today’s world of ever expanding globalization and sophisticated communication technology. There is a greater need for a young generation of individuals who are able to collaborate with others of diverse backgrounds and ideologies in finding common values and creative solutions to new crises that challenge the humanity toward the mid-21st century. Study abroad still is a reliable source for opportunities and hopes.”
Click Here to read more about the study abroad experience and reflections of Masako Notoji, retired Professor of American Studies at the University of Tokyo and former Japan CULCON panelist.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
U.S. CULCON and the U.S.-Japan Council convened a public policy meeting at the U.S. Capital yesterday afternoon. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Representatives Tom Petri (R-WI) and Joaquin Castro (D-TX), congressional staff and organizing institutions spoke as to how legislative exchanges have enhanced their knowledge about Japan and their ability to make informed decisions. Frank Januzzi of the Mansfield Foundation, an organization that facilitates such exchanges, told a packed audience of efforts to offer policymakers first-hand knowledge about Japan and to broker strong professional relationships between members of congress and their Japanese counterparts. These relationships and deep understanding help address the many issues both countries face related to domestic, regional and global challenges. Jeff Lowenstein, Deputy Chief-of-Staff and Legislative Director of Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) also participated in the discussion moderated by Michael Schiffer of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation in Washington, DC are seeking a Fall 2014 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: email@example.com.
The CULCON Secretariat in Washington, DC is seeking a Fall 2014 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click Here to learn more about the internship program and to hear from past interns.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Members of CULCON and other U.S.-Japan related organizations met on Monday in Washington D.C. to discuss takeaways of the Obama/Abe joint statement adopting CULCON’s goal of doubling two-way students exchange by the year 2020. Representatives of over 20 organizations join Susan Stevenson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, in discussing the design and implementation of a new exchange program. Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Robin Lerner, also joined the meeting and discussed ECA’s interest in and involvement in promoting the U.S.-Japan relationship. This is the fourth such summit convened by CULCON.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
“No matter what proficiency level you are, you’re going to have to be stubborn, sit with the Japanese students, put yourself out there and talk; more often than not, they will not be the ones to strike up the first conversation. If you don’t speak, you won’t learn.”
Read more about how Bridging Scholar Joelle Metcalf made the most of her study abroad experience at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto in the June installment of CULCON’s World Wise: Study Abroad Blog.
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 a blog entry on World Wise every month. Be sure to follow World Wise and spread the word to friends and colleagues.
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