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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (the Commission) is proud to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Established by Congress in 1975, the Commission plays a prominent role in supporting the robust partnership that has developed between Japan and the United States since 1945.
The Commission’s mission is to preserve and strengthen the bilateral relationship by advancing mutual understanding between the two countries through cultural and intellectual exchange. In so doing, Japan and the United States have deepened their shared commitment to democracy, the rule of law, and peace and economic prosperity throughout the Asia-Pacific.
The Commission continues its mission by actively supporting U.S. organizations and programs that promote scholarly, educational, artistic and legislative linkages with Japan, and by collaborating with both its sister organizations, the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation and CULCON (United States-Japan Conference on Cultural & Educational interchange), and government institutions.
We look forward to building on our past accomplishments to further strengthen the U.S.-Japan partnership in the decades ahead.… » READ MORE
Thursday, September 10, 2015
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C., September 10, 2015: 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 2016 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program. The artists will travel to Japan during the 2016 calendar year to pursue their residency. Since the program’s inception in 1978, 160 U.S. artists, representing a diverse range of disciplines, have been selected to travel to Japan for this residency.
The 2016 group of U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program fellows includes:
Latasha N. Nevada Diggs , New York, NY – Vocalist, Curator
Alex Dodge, Brooklyn, NY – Visual Artist
Graham Kolbeins, Los Angeles, CA – Filmmaker
Sue Mark and Bruce Douglas, Oakland, CA – Interdisciplinary Artists
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
On Monday, June 8, 2015, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), U.S. CULCON Panel, and the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) held semi-annual meetings in Washington, D.C. The three organizations strive to strengthen U.S.-Japan educational and cultural ties through innovative initiatives. Members discussed issues such as increasing U.S.-Japan student mobility, academic freedom and Japan Studies in the United States. Members also discussed ways to highlight the Commission’s 40th anniversary and its legacy of preparing Americans to assume future global leadership roles through U.S.-Japan people-to-people exchange.
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