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  • For more than 50 years CULCON has been committed to promoting educational and cultural exchange between the people of Japan and the U.S. by cultivating the next generation of U.S.-Japan specialists.  Pictured here are U.S. and Japanese CULCON panelists and » READ MORE

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  • In order to disseminate pertinent information, strengthen collaboration and promote networking,  CULCON convenes an annual U.S.-Japan related summit to discuss and promote a strong U.S.-Japan agenda.

     

     

     

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  • CULCON recommends action-oriented policy based on current information.  A binational Education Review Committee’s recommendation to Japan and the United States to double the number of study abroad students in both countries will better prepare the next generation to engage in » READ MORE

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  • Through biennial plenary sessions and symposia in Japan and the U.S., CULCON convenes U.S. and Japanese policymakers, scholars and business leaders who identify impediments to educational and cultural exchange and recommend solutions. » 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 that will train the next generation in the nuances of the U.S.-Japan relationship. » READ MORE

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  • The Arts Dialogue Committee is an example of CULCON in action.  The ADC tackled challenges in arts exchange between the two countries and offered a Public Forum on November 20, co-hosted by the Freer/Sackler Gallery. » READ MORE

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Logo Design Contest: Arts Japan 2020; $3,000 Cash Prize

As we approach the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, the CULCON Arts Dialogue Committee (ADC) is launching a new campaign:  Arts Japan 2020Arts Japan 2020 will be a recognizable, developed and strategic effort to highlight Japanese arts and culture in the United States. Arts Japan 2020 will encompass four functions: 1) Collect information on Japan-related cultural programming across the United States; 2) Brand programming with the campaign name and logo; 3) Disseminate information about the branded Japan-related cultural programming via social and traditional media, including a dedicated website; and 4) Encourage organizations across the United States to develop Japan-related programming to
include in the campaign.

Prize:
In addition to providing Arts Japan 2020 with a new visual calling card, the winner will receive recognition on the campaign website and a cash award in the amount of $3,000.

How to Enter:
Please send your design/s to Pamela Fields at pfields@jusfc.gov by COB (ET) Wednesday, March 29. You may enter as many designs as you would like.  Submit your design in a high-resolution graphic, preferably in .ai/.eps/.png/.gif/.jpg form.

Judging:
The winning design will be selected by members of the CULCON ADC.  The ADC may request edits before finalizing the design of the winning entry; the winner will be expected to comply in a timely manner. The winning entry will become the property of CULCON ADC.

The ADC is a program of the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), a  binational advisory panel that serves to elevate and strengthen the vital cultural and educational foundations of the U.S.-Japan relationship, and to strengthen connections between U.S. and Japan leadership in those fields.

The Arts Japan 2020 campaign is funded by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, an independent federal government agency that strengthens the U.S.-Japan relationship through educational, cultural, and intellectual exchange.

Friday, February 3, 2017

SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY-Apply by March 15

U.S. CULCON Secretariat, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) in Washington, DC are seeking up to THREE 2017 summer interns to support current initiatives, which include activities promoting U.S.-Japan cultural, educational and people-to-people exchange. Interns will be working from a small office in a team-oriented and fast-paced environment and will be expected to be both proactive and flexible in completing assignments. Duties include disseminating information via social media, and supporting TeamUp and other campaigns, among other research- and program-related activities.
Applicants should be undergraduate or graduate students and are expected to have excellent research, internet, communication and organizational skills and some knowledge of Japan and/or Japanese language (more…)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Spring Semester Internship Opportunity

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Intern Amy Wei with Amb. and Mrs. Sasae

U.S. CULCON Secretariat, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) in Washington, DC are seeking TWO spring 2017 interns to support current initiatives, which include activities promoting U.S.-Japan cultural, educational and people-to-people exchange. Interns will be working from a small office in a team-oriented and fast-paced environment and will be expected to be both proactive and flexible in completing assignments. Duties include disseminating information via social media, and supporting TeamUp and other campaigns, among other research- and program-related activities.
Applicants should be undergraduate or graduate students and are expected to have excellent research, internet, communication and organizational skills and some knowledge of Japan and/or Japanese language (more…)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Susan Pharr Wins the 2016 Japan Foundation Award

Former CULCON panelist Susan Pharr is to receive the Japan Foundation Award for 2016, which recognizes individuals who through their artistic contribution or scholarship, along with their  work in promoting intellectual andSusan Pharr photo cultural exchanges,  contribute to building ties between Japan and the rest of the world.

Previous awardees include Senator William Fulbright, originator of the Fulbright Program;  Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Seiji Ozawa; and writer Haruki Murakami. Scholars who have received the award include John Whitney Hall, Yale; Ronald Dore, Imperial College; Arthur Stockwin, Oxford; and Gerald Curtis, Columbia.

The award will be presented by the Foreign Minister of Japan in a ceremony in Tokyo in October.

Monday, July 25, 2016

CULCON Welcomes Ms. Nahoko Amanuma from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government

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In June 2016, CULCON was excited to welcome Ms. Nahoko Amanuma as part of a five-week collaborative program between Georgetown University’s Government and Public Policy Institute and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Public Policy and Professional English Program. Established in 2008, this joint program is aimed at training civil servants who will come to run Tokyo at the highest levels. One component of the program is the completion of an abbreviated internship in a Washington D.C. office with a related mission.

Ms. Amanuma is currently researching cultural assimilation patterns and solutions at Georgetown University’s Center for Language Education and Development (CLED), focusing on the successful practices of Montgomery and Fairfax County through their advisory boards and community groups. The ultimate goal for Ms. Amanuma is to help communities of diverse heritage merge together and learn how to cooperate in harmony.

The results of Ms. Amanuma’s research on cultural diversity and inclusion are further intended to be implemented in the planning and administration of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. By fostering a mindset of volunteerism and community engagement, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government aims to promote the creation of an inclusive, intercultural society. For more information on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s 2020 Olympics initiatives, click here.

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