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


Mr. Harry A. Hill

Outside Director and Member of the Board

New Business Development

Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc.


Dr. Sheila Smith

Senior Fellow for Japan Studies

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)


Dr. Edward Lincoln


George Washington University

Dr. Patricia Maclachlan

Associate Professor of Government and Asian Studies

University of Texas

Dr. Deanna Marcum

Managing Director


Dr. Anne Nishimura Morse

William & Helen Pounds Sr. Curator of Japanese Art

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Dr. T. J. Pempel

Professor of Political Science

University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Leonard J. Schoppa, Jr.

Director, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics

The University of Virginia

Mr. David Sneider

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Public Sector Members

Assistant Secretary of Education for Post-Secondary Education

U.S. Department of Education

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


Japanese Panelists include:


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.