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Friday, January 19, 2018
The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission was established as an independent federal agency by Congress in 1975 (P.L. 94-118). The Commission administers a U.S. government trust fund that originated in connection with the return to the Japanese government of certain U.S. facilities in Okinawa and for postwar U.S. assistance to Japan. As amended, it may also receive gifts of cash from outside sources.
The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission has authorization under P.L. 94-118 to spend up to approximately five percent of the principal in its trust funds, and any amount of its gift funds, without Congressional appropriation. In the event of an appropriations hiatus, the Commission will use a portion of the five percent drawdown authority given to it by Congress, as well as its gift funds, to carry out and maintain activities through the period of any government shutdown.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Washington, DC January 18, 2018: The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) is pleased to announce that Congressman French Hill has joined JUSFC as a Commissioner.
This week, Speaker Paul Ryan appointed Congressman French Hill (AR-02) to serve on the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, an independent federal government agency established by Congress in 1975.
The Commission’s mission is to promote partnerships that advance common interests and aims to strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship through educational, cultural, and intellectual exchange.
“Japan and the United States share a vital partnership, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve on this worthy commission,” said Rep. Hill. “Japan is the fourth largest recipient of Arkansas exports, and Japanese-owned Tokusen USA, which is located in my Congressional District, is an important part of our Central Arkansas community. I thank Speaker Ryan for appointing me to this commission, and I’m honored to be a part of our efforts to further strengthen the economic and national security of the U.S.-Japan relationship.”
“Representative Hill’s background representing the United States in the historic bilateral talks with Japan known as the Structural Impediments Initiative (SII) and his work strengthening U.S.-partnerships around the globe make him a great addition to this commission,” said Speaker Ryan. “I appreciate his willingness to serve, and I’m confident he will do a great job helping to advance our U.S.-Japan relationship.”
The complete press release is available here.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Nearly 600 people attended the premiere of the Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise exhibition in October at Japan Society in midtown Manhattan – one of its most successful openings in its recent history. The exhibit’s striking design and Sugimoto’s monumental photographs drew critical raves from both the general public and the art world.
“One always aspires to present an exhibit in a way that its relevance is immediately understood,” explained Dr. Michael Chagnon, Japan Society’s Curator of Exhibition Interpretation. “New York City is an overly saturated art market, and we’re thrilled to have successfully reached both those familiar with Sugimoto’s work and those being introduced to Japanese art for the first time.”
The exhibition tracks the journey of one of the earliest cultural exchanges between Japan and the West by tracing the footsteps of four Japanese boys as they explored 16th-century Europe as the first official emissaries from Japan. Various educational components and related performing arts programs held in conjunction with the exhibit amplified its impact.
“We really couldn’t think of a more important project to celebrate our 110th anniversary as an organization and our mission of cultivating a broader understanding between Japan and the U.S.,” Dr. Chagnon shared.
One of the premier institutions bringing contemporary Japanese art to the United States, Japan Society hosts two major exhibitions each year, covering topics as diverse as classical Buddhist sculpture and calligraphy, contemporary photography and ceramics, samurai swords, export porcelain, and masterpieces of painting from the 13th to 21st centuries.
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