CULCON XXI

“The US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), comprised of representatives from the Japanese and US governments and from business, academe and other sectors of public life, convened for CULCON XXI at the Sendai International Center in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan on November 20-21, 2003.  The CULCON panelists appreciated the opportunity to meet in a new regional venue, thus facilitating participation in its activities by local citizens and Tohoku University students and faculty. The panelists expressed their deep appreciation to the governments of Miyagi Prefecture and the city of Sendai for their cooperation and support in hosting CULCON XXI. CULCON XXI was co-chaired by Dr. Sumiko Iwao, Professor, Musashi Institute of Technology, and Dr. Amy V. Heinrich, Director, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University. 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 Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and President George W. Bush.  Both emphasized the increasing importance of CULCON activities to the bilateral relationship.” (CULCON XXI, Joint Statement)

Chairmen:

U.S. Acting Chair:  Dr. Amy V. Heinrich, Director, C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University (Dr. Richard Samuels was unable to attend session)
Japan:  Dr. Sumiko Iwao, Professor, Musashi Institute of Technology (岩男壽美子,武蔵工業大教授)

Documents:

*Final Joint Statement