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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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News / Blog

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Summer Internship Opportunity – Deadline for Application: March 15, 2018

U.S. CULCON Secretariat, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) in Washington, DC are seeking TWO summer 2018 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(translation skills a plus). For summer, hours are negotiable but should be between 32-40 hours a week. Washington, DC office, flexible schedule. JUSFC/CULCON/USJBF will reimburse local transportation costs. Please see our website for further information about our activities: https://culcon.jusfc.gov/ andhttps://culcon.jusfc.gov/about-us/internship-program
Please send a resume and cover letter to: culcon@jusfc.gov. Please include preferred start and end dates as well as contact information for up to two references.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR SUMMER 2018 INTERNSHIPS: March 15, 2018 . Our goal is to make decisions by April 2. (This will depend on the interview process.)

Friday, August 25, 2017

CULCON Hosts 7th Summit of U.S.-Japan Related Organizations

The U.S. CULCON Secretariat hosted a seventh annual summit on August 24, 2017, attended by more than sixty participants from thirty organizations involved with U.S.-Japan exchanges. The focus of the meeting was The U.S.-Japan Partnership: U.S. State Department Priorities in Public Diplomacy, Educational, and Cultural Affairs. Alyson Grunder, Senior Bureau Official, (ECA) and Julie Chung, Director, Office of Japanese Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, discussed recent developments in U.S.-Japan relations and the significance of people-to-people exchanges.  Discussion also focused on evaluation and impact assessment for work that is sometimes difficult to quantify.

The organizations gathered requested a follow-on meeting to learn about and develop common metrics language, both qualitative and quantitative, to use community-wide. This would be used as a tool for strategic planning and  for making the impact of the community’s work more accessible to the public and potential funders.

IIE provided conference space for the  event in their Washington, DC offices and IIE President Dr. Allan Goodman made welcoming remarks.

Friday, May 19, 2017

NAFSA Highlights TeamUp in International Educator Journal

From NAFSA’s International Educator, May-June, 2017

U.S.–Japanese University Partnerships on the Rise

….TeamUp, a program of the U.S.- Japan Bridging Foundation, promotes partnerships between institutions in both countries. The CULCON-inspired initiative is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

While partnerships boost better understanding between the two cultures, there are many practical reasons to set up collaborations between institutions, Fields says. For both U.S. and Japanese students, these initiatives allow both sides to plan how to transfer academic credits, keep tuition costs affordable, and make suitable housing arrangements. “The idea is that if it’s all figured out in advance, it’s a much smoother process for everyone involved,” Fields says. “Partnerships allow for innovations. They can lead to faculty collaborative research and engagement on an administrative level. We have learned that there is tremendous interest and will to set up partnerships— both to give students an international experience abroad and to internationalize the campus. Everybody is looking to internationalize the way that their students think because of the global environment in which we’re operating.”

Read the full article here:

NAFSA International Educator TeamUp June 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

Arts Japan 2020 Logo Winner Chosen

We are pleased to announce the winning logo for the Arts Japan 2020 campaign, which was submitted by Dolly Sanborn.  Congratulations to Ms. Sanborn! We received many entries from around the world and the selection process was extremely competitive.

Please check back to this space for further news about the campaign.

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.

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.

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.

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