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: カルコン:日米文化教育交流会議 (jpf.go.jp)

U.S. CULCON

Private Sector Members

Chair

Dr. Sheila A. Smith
John E. Merow Senior Fellow for Asia Pacific Studies
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Panelists

Mr. Trevor Dawes
Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums and May Morris University Librarian
University of Delaware

Dr. Samuel Morse
Howard and Martha Mitchel Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations
Amherst College

Ms. M. Diana Helweg Newton
Director of the Tower Scholars Program and Senior Fellow, John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies
Southern Methodist University (SMU)

Mr. Kenneth A. Siegel
Partner
Tokyo, Morrison & Foerster

Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson
President
Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA)

Dr. Jolyon Thomas
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. William Tsutsui
President and CEO
Ottawa University

Ms. Shay Youngblood
Author

Public Sector Members

Michelle Asha Cooper
Acting Assistant Secretary of Education for Post-Secondary Education
U.S. Department of Education

Lee Satterfield
Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Daniel J. Kritenbrink
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Honorary Member

Hon. Caroline Kennedy
Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Japan CULCON

Private Sector Members

Chair

KATO Ryozo
Former Ambassador to the United States

Vice Chair

KUBO Fumiaki
President, National Defense Academy of Japan

Panelists

AGAWA Naoyuki
Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Member, Washington DC Bar Association

AKITA Hiroyuki
Commentator, Nikkei Inc.

SATO Yuri
Executive Vice President, The Japan Foundation

SHIMATANI Hiroyuki
President, National Institutes for Cultural Heritage
Executive Director, Kyushu National Museum

SUGIURA Yasuyuki
Managing Director, Toyo Bunko (The Oriental Library)

TAKAHASHI Yuko
President, Tsuda University

TSUCHIYA Motohiro
Vice-President for Global Engagement and Information Technology, Keio University
Professor, Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance

Public Sector Members

ICHIKAWA Keiichi
Director-General, the North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

KANAI Masaaki
Director-General for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

OKAMURA Naoko
Director-General for International Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.

Advisor

ASO Yutaka
Chairman, Aso Corporation and Aso Cement Co., Ltd.

For bios of all Japanese panelists in English and Japanese, please click here

 

Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC)

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

JUSFC and CULCON share an office and a great deal of institutional history.

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