Archive for May 2013

New Commissioners Appointed

May 28, 2013 – 

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission announced that five Japan specialists and scholars will become new members of the Commission.  They are:  Dr. Edward Lincoln, Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University; Dr. Patricia Maclachlan, Associate Professor of Government and Asian Studies, University of Texas; Dr. Deanna Marcum, Managing Director, Ithaka; Dr. Leonard J. Schoppa, Jr., Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, The University of Virginia; Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Commission Chairman, Thierry Porté said, “I am delighted to welcome our newest members of Commission, who are beginning their service at an important time in U.S.-Japan relations.  The expertise they bring, individually and collectively, will be invaluable to the work of the Commission.”

US/Japan Connection

May 1, 2013 – 

Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission funding supports the US/Japan Connection, a partnership with the National Performing Arts Network (NPN) and the Japan Contemporary Dance Network (JCDN).  Now in its second year, project organizers are looking forward to the first artistic exchange taking place fall 2013.  Japan’s Faifai theatre company will visit three NPN Partners presenting Anton, Nero, Kuri,  an original creation by Faifai’s director Chiharu Shinoda. Faifai ( is a Tokyo-based theater company established in 2004 known for its pop aesthetics, energetic groove, and experimental style that transcends the narrative boundaries of dramatic theater. For information on the company or the tour, please contact Renata Petroni at or (504) 717-5257.