“The US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), comprised of representatives from the Japanese and US governments and from business, academe and other aspects of public life, convened for CULCON XVIII at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on May 8 and 9, 1997.  CULCON XVIII was co-chaired by Dr. Richard J. Wood, Dean, Yale Divinity School, and Mr. Shoichi Saba, Advisor to the Board, Toshiba Corporation.  Initiated by an agreement between President Kennedy and Prime Minister Ikeda in 1962, CULCON has served to focus official and public attention in both the United States and Japan on the vital cultural and educational underpinnings of the bilateral relationship.  The conference received congratulatory messages from President Clinton and Prime Minister Hashimoto.  Both messages called for a wide range of people-to-people exchanges.” (CULCON XVIII, Joint Statement)

U.S.:  Dr. Richard J. Wood, Dean, Yale Divinity School
Japan:   Mr. Shoichi Saba, Adviser to the Board, Toshiba Corp. (佐波正一,株式会社東芝相談役)

*Final Joint Statement
*Educational Exchange Working Group U.S. Panel Report
*CULCON and the 21st Century