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News / Blog

Friday, October 7, 2016

Spring Semester Internship Opportunity

Amy with Amb. Sasae

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


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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Accepts “Honorary Member” Title

_MG_7860Ambassador Caroline Kennedy accepted an invitation to serve as an “Honorary Member” of the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) at the 27th plenary session on June 16-17, 2016. Presented by Chairs Ryozo Kato, Former Ambassador of Japan to the United States, and Harry A. Hill, President and CEO, Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc., the title recognizes Ambassador Kennedy’s important role in reinforcing the strong ties between the United States and Japan. Chairman Hill thanked Ambassador Kennedy for her active leadership and commitment to CULCON and its initiatives as he welcomed her as an “Honorary Member.” “Together we are creating more opportunities for students on both sides of the Pacific,” Ambassador Kennedy said, commending CULCON’s efforts in promoting cultural and educational U.S.-Japan bilateral exchanges.

During her acceptance remarks, Ambassador Kennedy also introduced “A Broader View,” a video collaboration with Japanese alumni of U.S. institutions that highlights their experiences abroad. Through this social media campaign, she aims to encourage alumni of U.S.-Japan exchange to serve as role models for future generations and inspire them to study abroad, recommending CULCON join in the effort.

Additionally, Ambassador Kennedy lauded the launch of a pilot program by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and encouraged greater participation in the initiative. This initiative combines internships with study abroad and serves as an asset to CULCON’s goal of doubling two-way student exchange by the year 2020.

For the full text please click: Ambassador Kennedy Press Release

Monday, June 20, 2016

CULCON XXVII Convenes in Tokyo

IMG_0958U.S. and Japanese CULCON Panels convened for CULCON XXVII in Tokyo on June 16-17, 2016. The panelists were joined by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy to discuss aspects of cultural, arts and educational exchange in U.S.-Japan relations. Highlights of the meetings include:

  • The title of “Honorary Member” was officially presented to Ambassador Kennedy by both Chairs in recognition of her important role in reinforcing the strong ties between the United States and Japan;
  • The Panels agreed that the issue of generational transition is most critical for the U.S.-Japan relationship, and established a new task force to examine the issues surrounding fostering of “The Next Generation of Leadership in the US Japan Relationship”;
  • CULCON commended efforts by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and U.S. Embassy Tokyo to launch a pilot program offering internship opportunities for U.S. and Japanese students in Japan;
  • CULCON discussed the importance of student mobility between the two countries, attention to English language education in Japan, Japanese language education in the U.S., globalization of universities; and cultivating partnerships between U.S. and Japanese universities (through the TeamUp campaign) for the future of U.S.-Japan relations.

The United States-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), is comprised of representatives from the government, business, academe and other sectors of Japan and the United States. The 27th Plenary Meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Ryozo Kato, Former Ambassador of Japan to the United States and Mr. Harry A. Hill, President and CEO, Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc. The Panels received congratulatory messages from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama, delivered by Japanese Director-General for Cultural Affairs Makita Shimokawa and the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Walter Douglas, respectively. For the full text please click: Joint Statement CULCON XXVII FINAL.



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