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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.


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    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

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Monday, May 23, 2016

JUSFC40 Meet Our Grantees Series: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is having conversations with a number of grantees.

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is proud to support the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and its project, Orpheus with Nobuyuki Tsujii:  a Cross-Cultural Partnership. This unique conductor-less orchestra will collaborate with 27 year-old Japanese pianist and composer Nobuyuki Tsujii in summer 2016 to rehearse and perform two Beethoven symphonies in the United States and Japan.

Blind since birth, Mr. Tsujii has enjoyed a rising career since winning the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn Piano Competition in 2009. The Orpheus Orchestra has a long history of touring to Japan. “This is almost our 30th year of touring to Japan and we are celebrating our one hundredth concert. We like to say our home base is Carnegie hall but after that it’s Suntory Hall,” said Shruti Adhar, Director of Development and Engagement for the orchestra.

The project will include a dozen performances in Japan and the United States, including engagement programs in both countries for students and visually impaired individuals.

The program begins today in New York City with rehearsals through June 4, 2016. Public school children have been invited to the rehearsals and will be guided through the process of creating music in an orchestra without a conductor. Orpheus has also invited students from the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School at Lighthouse International, which is the world’s leading service organization for blind and visually impaired individuals.

The two-week tour of Japan will begin during the first… » READ MORE

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The JUSFC Institutional Grant Application Deadline is July 1

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission’s Annual Grant Application Deadline for Institutional Grants is fast approaching! The Commission operates its institutional grant-making activities in four areas: Exchanges and Scholarship; Global Challenges; Arts and Culture; and Education and Public Affairs.

There is only one grant cycle per year. The annual deadline for submitting proposals is July 1, 5:00 p.m. ET.

To schedule an information session by phone or in person, please send a short paragraph describing your proposal idea to jusfc [at] jusfc [dot] gov. More information about institutional grants can be found here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

JUSFC40: Meet Our Grantees Series: Katie Cercone- Visual Artist

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is having conversations with a number of grantees.

Visual artist Katie Cercone was awarded a U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship in 2015. The Fellowship is funded by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and administered in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. “It was really a moment to solely focus on my creative work and my research. I loved everything about the culture – the food, the sacred space, and the rituals,” Cercone says.

She focused on hip hop and fashion, spending time meeting and connecting with young people. One particularly moving experience was when she visited Mount Takao and the Buddhist community there. “I saw a fire ceremony. There was a big bonfire and several monks chanting. Everyone present walked barefoot over the coals at the end. That was really touching. A big part of my work was looking at the sacred ritual. That was really profound.”

Cercone also shared her own work during her residency in Japan. She led the PRAY WILD Go! Push Pops Workshop and Spirit Animal Parade with the International House of Japan. “We did a one day workshop that incorporated yoga, mindfulness, and neo-shamanic themes drawing from a lot of Japan’s traditional spirit worship,” she explains, “participants were able to make their own costumes of their spirit animal and participate in the parade.” Cercone adds, “We also applied contemporary culture of anime and cartoon worlds – and we did a street parade on Roppongi

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