“The US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), comprised of representatives from the Japanese and US governments and from business, academia and other sectors of public life, convened for CULCON XXIV in Washington, DC on June 10-11, 2010. CULCON XXIV was co-chaired by Mr. Thierry Porté and Mr. Minoru Makihara.  Details on the two co-chairs and on the panelists will be found in the attached list. Initiated by an agreement between President Kennedy and Prime Minister Ikeda in 1961, 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 the two governments.  The CULCON panelists agreed that CULCON has played an invaluable role in promoting educational, cultural and intellectual exchanges between the two countries. It further agreed that, while CULCON is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2011, changes in the domestic political situation in the two countries as well as in the global and regional strategic environment have made educational, cultural and intellectual exchanges an even more important underpinning of the Japan-US alliance.  ” (CULCON XXIV, Joint Statement)

U.S.:  Mr. Thierry Porté, Operating Partner, J.C. Flowers and Co.,LLC
Japan:  Mr. Minoru Makihara, Senior Corporate Advisor and Former Chairman, Mitsubishi Corporation

*Joint-Statement 2010 CULCON XXIV
*Agenda for Visual Arts Working Group
*Arts and Cultural Exchange Task Force Report
*Performing Arts Proposal
*Education for Sustainable Development Task Force Report
*EPA Task Force Report
*Jet and Grassroots Task Force Report
*Think Tank and University Networks Task Force Report