Archive for March 2014

JUSFC is pleased to announce the launching of a new blog, World Wise

March 17, 2014 – 

JUSFC is pleased to announce the launching of CULCON’s new blog, World Wise a collection of short reflections from diplomats, business leaders, educators and others who have studied abroad in Japan and the United States.

Look forward to reading:  “The Accidental Diplomat” by Mr. Kurt Tong,DCM of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, “Educating the Educator through Study Abroad” by Yusuke Matsuda,Founder,Teach for Japan; and “Study Abroad and the Art of Kimono” by Ashley Hayes, former Bridging Scholar and project manager for HR at AltSchool, an EdTech startup in San Francisco and “An American Experience” by Mr. Ben Makihara, Chair of Japan CULCON Panel and former CEO of Mitsubishi Corporation.

With the goal of bringing visibility to the merits of U.S. and Japanese overseas experiences, and the organizations responsible for organizing and hosting educational and cultural exchanges, CULCON will post World Wise on the 15th of every month.  Be sure to follow World Wise and spread the word to friends and colleagues.

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March 11

March 11, 2014 – 

On March 11, 2011, three years ago today, Japan was devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent Triple Disaster.  The years since this horrific disaster have brought out stories of both tragedy and of resilience, and the anniversary is a time for contemplation and reflection. We mourn those of all nationalities who were lost in the disaster, and our thoughts are with those who are still working to rebuild their lives and  the Tohoku region.

The disasters highlighted the strength of relations at all levels of society between the peoples of the United States and Japan. Last year, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) released a report revealing that U.S. giving for the Japan disaster exceeded $710 million and is one of the largest responses in history.   We at the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission will continue to support people and partnerships to sustain the U.S.-Japan relationship and we look forward to working in together with the people of Japan in their rebuilding efforts.