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/

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. 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
Partner
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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

Matthew Lussenhop
Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State

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

Japanese Panelists include:

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

 

Chair

Ambassador Ryozo Kato
Former Ambassador to the United States

Vice Chair

Dr. Fumiaki Kubo
President, National Defense Academy of Japan

Panelists

Mr. Naoyuki Agawa
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Doshisha 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 Bunkyo (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.

Advisor

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.

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.