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:


Private Sector Members


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


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

Dr. Patricia Maclachlan
Professor of Government and Asian Studies and the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Professor of Japanese Studies
University of Texas

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)

Dr. Leonard J. Schoppa, Jr.
Director, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics
The University of Virginia

Mr. David Sneider
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Dr. William Tsutsui
President and CEO
Ottawa University

Ms. Shay Youngblood

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


Japanese Panelists include:

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



Ambassador Ryozo Kato
Former Ambassador to the United States

Vice Chair

Dr. Fumiaki Kubo
President, National Defense Academy of Japan


Mr. Naoyuki Agawa
Professor Emeritus, Keio University

Mr. Hiroyuki Akita
Commentator, Nikkei Inc. Nikkei (“Japan Economic Journal”)

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

Dr. Hiroyuki Shimatani
Executive Director, Kyushu National Museum

Mr. Yasuyuki Sugiura
Managing Director, Toyo Bunko (The Oriental Library)

Dr. Yuko Takahashi
President, Tsuda University

Ms. Hiroko Tsuka
Managing Director, The Japan Foundation; Acting Executive Director, Center for Global Partnership


Public Sector Members

Mr. Keiichi Ichikawa, Director-General, the North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs;

Mr. Kenko Sone, Director-General for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Yasushi Taguchi, Director-General for International Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.


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


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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