“The US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) convened for CULCON XXIII in Tokyo on June 12-13, 2008 CULCON XXIII was co-chaired by Mr. Minoru Makihara and Mr. Thierry Porté.” (CULCON XXIII, Record of Outcomes)
“The year 2008 marks the 150th anniversary of friendship between Japan and the United States that started with the Treaty of Amity and Commerce. This presents an excellent opportunity for reinvigorating and redefining our alliance at all levels. CULCON is also poised to reaffirm its own mission as a pathfinder for the vital intellectual, cultural and educational links that have made our relationship stronger over the past 50 years and will help bind the two countries more closely in a global context.” (CULCON XXIII, The CULCON Report)

U.S.:  Mr. Thierry Porté, President and CEO, Shinsei Bank, Limited
Japan:   Mr. Minoru Makihara, Senior Corporate Advisor and Former Chairman, Mitsubishi Corporation

*The CULCON Report(“Redefining the Japan-U.S. Relationship”)
*CULCON Findings (Background for “Redfining the Japan-U.S. Relationship”)
*CULCON Accomplishments 91-08