CULCON is a binational advisory group to the U.S. and Japanese governments and is composed of two panels. For information and news about the Japan CULCON Panel, please visit: https://www.jpf.go.jp/culcon/

Japanese Panelists include:

Chair: Ambassador Ryozo Kato, Former Ambassador to the United States

Vice Chair: Dr. Fumiaki Kubo, Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo; President,  Japanese Association for American Studies

Mr. Akio Mimura, Chairman, the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Senior Advisor/Honorary Chairman, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation

Mr. Isao Kiso, President, Chiba Institute of Science

Mr. Naoyuki Agawa, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Doshisha University

Dr. Masako Egawa, Professor, Graduate School of Commerce and Management, Hitotsubashi University

Mr. Akio Okawara, President/CEO, Japan Center for International Exchange

Mr. Junichi Chano, Executive Director, Center for Global Partnership/Managing Director, The Japan Foundation

Dr. Hiroyuki Shimatani, Executive Director, Kyushu National Museum

Ex-Officio Panelists include:

Mr. Takeo Mori, Director-General, the North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

Mr. Manabu Miyagawa, Director-General for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Kazuaki Kawabata, Director-General for International Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.

Advisors include:

Mr. Yutaka Aso, President & CEO, Aso Corporation and Aso Cement Co., Ltd.

Mr. Minoru Makihara, Senior Corporate Advisor and Former Chairman, Mitsubishi Corporation;

Mr. Teiichi Sato, Former Ambassador to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC)

For more information on JUSFC please go to our website here.

U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF)

For more information on USJBF please go to our website here.

The U.S. CULCON Secretariat and related organizations shares offices and a great deal of organizational history. This is a helpful comparison of CULCON, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF):




For a PDF of the the mission statements, membership, contact information, etc., please click here.