CULCON XX

“The US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), comprised of representatives from the Japanese and U.S. governments and from business, academe and other aspects of public life, convened for CULCON XX at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California on May 10-11, 2001. The panelists expressed their deep appreciation to the Japanese American National Museum for hosting the plenary session. CULCON XX was co-chaired by Dr. Richard J. Wood, President, United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia and Professor Nagayo Homma, Chancellor, Seijo Gakuen Schools and University. The panelists expressed their appreciation to Dr. Wood and Prof. Homma for their leadership and efforts on behalf of CULCON.  Both announced that they will be retiring as chairmen of CULCON. Initiated by an agreement between President Kennedy and Prime Minister Ikeda in 1961, CULCON has served to focus official and public attention in both the United States and Japan on the vital cultural and educational underpinnings of the bilateral relationship. The conference received congratulatory messages from President Bush and Prime Minister Koizumi.  Both messages noted the significance of choosing Los Angeles, and the Japanese American National Museum, in particular, as a meeting place.  They both emphasized the increasing importance of CULCON activities to the bilateral relationship. ” (CULCON XX, Joint Statement)

Chairmen:

U.S.:  Dr. Richard J. Wood, President, United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia
Japan:   Professor Nagayo Homma, Chancellor, Seijo Gakuen Schools and University (本間長世,成城学園長)

Documents:

*Final Joint Statement