Archive for April 2014


April 25, 2014 – 

The Commission is proud to support legislative exchange, in particular the Congressional Study Group on Japan and the U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange Program,  and welcomes the endorsement in the Obama/Abe Joint Statement:

“The President and Prime Minister welcomed the invigoration of exchanges between the U.S. Congress and the Diet of Japan, praising the work of …the Congressional Study Group on Japan in the United States Congress….as well as the U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange Program.  Nearly 200 Diet Members visited the United States in fiscal year 2013, and the number of Members of Congress visiting Japan in 2013 more than doubled over the previous year and continues to increase in 2014.”

This is part of a special section of the Joint Statement that highlights the importance of U.S.-Japan bilateral exchanges.  The section begins, “Broad people-to-people exchange between Japan and the United States has been a key pillar of our Alliance since its inception.  Close ties and shared values between the people of the United States and the people of Japan form the foundation of the global partnership between our nations.”

Read the full text here:

JUSFC Celebrates Leaders’ Commitment to People-to-People Exchange

April 24, 2014 – 

The Commission and CULCON look forward to partnering with stakeholders in both countries to further the goal of doubling the number of students by 2020.  At a joint press conference today held in the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan, both President Obama and Prime Minister Abe referred to the importance of student exchange and public diplomacy.  Here are quotes from the press conference; for the full text of the press conference, please see:    Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe in Joint Press Conference.


PM Abe:  Going forward, what supports the alliance are the youth in both of our countries.  To further enhance exchanges between youth I have told Barack of our plans to send 6,000 Japanese students to the United States this fiscal year.  The Japan-U.S. alliance is more robust than ever before.

President Obama:  Finally, I’m pleased that we continue to deepen the extraordinary ties between our people, especially our young people, like the Japanese students that I’ll be meeting later today.  And I’m proud to announce that we’re launching a new program that will help even more Japanese students come to the United States to improve their English-language skills and gain valuable experience working in American businesses and organizations.  And that’s part of our effort to double student exchanges by 2020 — bonds among our young people that can bring us closer together for decades to come.

So, Prime Minister Abe, thank you for your friendship, your partnership, and the… » READ MORE