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  • Established by Congress in 1975, the Commission plays a prominent role in supporting the robust partnership that has developed between the United States and Japan since 1945.

    Visual Town Hall

  • JUSFC's mission is to support reciprocal people-to-people understanding, and promote partnerships that advance common interests between Japan and the United States.

    Cultural Exchanges

  • People-to-people exchanges between Japan and the United States strengthen the bilateral relationship and help promote peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region. JUSFC supports legislative exchanges that bring together elected officials from the United States and Japan.

    Encourages Collaboration

  • Educational and cultural exchange between the people of Japan and the United States is the foundation of a strong and healthy U.S.-Japan relationship.  JUSFC encourages collaboration and partnerships between individuals and organizations who share a common interest in supporting the bilateral relationship.

    JUSFC invests in institutions and programs

  • An ever-changing global community faces new challenges and needs a diversity of leaders in Japan and the United States to address them. JUSFC invests in institutions and programs that engage the next generation in the U.S.-Japan dialogue.

     

    Educational and cultural exchange

  • Since its establishment in 1975, one of the ways in which the Commission has supported and sustained the bilateral relationship between the United States and Japan, is by encouraging scholarship related to Japan.

    JUSFC supports academic institutions

News / Blog

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Five Outstanding Artists Selected for U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C., August 2, 2017: The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that a group of five outstanding artists from the United States have been selected to participate in the 2017 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program. The artists will travel to Japan during the 2018 calendar year to pursue their residency. Since the program’s inception in 1978, more than 170 U.S. artists, representing a diverse range of disciplines, have been selected to travel to Japan for this residency.

The 2017 group of U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program fellows includes:

Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem, Brooklyn, NY – Interdisciplinary Architects

Derek Gromadzki, Florissant, MO –  Translator and Author

Jose Alfredo Navarrete-Perez, Oakland, CA – Choreographer

Laurel Salinas-Nakanishi , Miami, FL – Writer

Jesse Schlesinger, San Francisco, CA – Visual and Social Practice Artist

“We are delighted to announce the new group of the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program”, said Paige Cottingham-Streater, Executive Director of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. “The program continues to be a priority for the Commission as well as the National Endowment for the Arts as we promote cultural and artistic exchange between the United States and Japan.”

Since 1978, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with the International House of Japan (I-House) and the Government of Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs have administered the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program. Each year five leading U.S.-based artists, representing all genres, are selected to spend three… » READ MORE

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

JUSFC Meet Our Grantees Series: Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

In 2014, JUSFC awarded the Mansfield Foundation an institutional grant for its U.S.-Japan Space Forum (USJSF), comprised of space policy experts from the governments of the United States and Japan, private sector, and think tank and academic communit

ies. The Foundation held meetings in Montana, Washington, D.C., Seattle and Tokyo, inviting informal discussion and dialogue about concerns and perspectives from all sides.

“The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission helped us establish this program,” Mansfield Foundation Director of Programs Ryan Shaffer noted. “The Foundation’s support for the bilateral relationship closely aligns with JUSFC’s mission. This grant makes this type of programming possible, further enriching and strengthening the U.S.-Japan relationship. The Obama Administration and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe established a ‘Comprehensive Dialogue’ between the two countries (which continues under the Trump administration), bringing both countries together on space policy. Noting the increasing role of private sector innovation in our national space capabilities, the U.S.-Japan Space Forum provides a platform for private sector and other non-government experts to respond and contribute to this official dialogue, Shaffer explained.

Based on its series of meetings and discussions, the USJFC released Recommendations for the Japan-U.S. Comprehensive Space Dialogues in July 2016. The Mansfield Foundation also published the report in Japanese.

Although their JUSFC grant has concluded, the Space Forum continues moving forward. This year its group met with four of Japan’s most important space entrepreneurs.

“Adding voices like theirs to our dialogue, we continue to foster relationships and ideas that are enriching space policy discourse within each country… » READ MORE

Monday, June 5, 2017

Rep. Mark Takano Joins the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, DC June 5, 2017: The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) is pleased to announce that Congressman Mark Takano has joined JUSFC as a Commissioner.

The Congressman was elected to the United States House of Representative in 2012. He represents the people of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris. Congressman Takano serves as the Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and as a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Prior to being elected to Congress, Congressman Takano was a public school teacher for 24 years and served on the Riverside Community College District’s Board of Trustees for two decades.

“We are delighted to have Congressman Takano join the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission,” said Executive Director Paige Cottingham-Streater. “His deep background in education and his long time commitment to public service will play a vital role in supporting the Commission’s mission to promote cooperation and understanding between the United States and Japan.”

“As two nations guided by democratic principles, the opportunities for the U.S. and Japan to deepen our relationship are abundant and significant.” said Congressman Takano. “Our economic partnership, our security alliance, and our shared values are critical tools for improving the lives of both the American and Japanese people. I am honored to join the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and look forward to working with my colleagues to advance its mission.”

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission was established as an independent federal government agency by the United States Congress in 1975 (P.L. 94-118)… » READ MORE

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