CULCON Mission Statement and Goals

The U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) is a binational advisory panel that serves to elevate and strengthen the vital cultural and educational foundations of the U.S.-Japan relationship, and to strengthen connections between U.S. and Japan leadership in those fields.  The panel members policy recommendations work to ensure that the best of new ideas for cultural, educational and intellectual activity and exchange are implemented as operational programs.

Established in 1961 to build stronger people-to-people ties between our two countries, CULCON has convened stakeholders in the U.S.-Japan relationship to encourage deeper cooperation in solving shared policy challenges, to develop better business practices, and to deepen the connections between civil society in the United States and Japan.


CULCON aims to:

  1. Strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship and support U.S. economic and strategic interests and people-to-people exchange
  2. Increase employment opportunities for U.S. citizens
  3. Develop a diverse generation of future U.S. leaders able to address global challenges
  4. Sustain and support those who curate and conserve our vital collaboration with Japan in the arts