Archive for April 2015

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Welcomes Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Washington, D.C.

April 28, 2015 – 

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission welcomes Prime Minister Abe on his historic visit to the White House. Since 1975 the Commission has proudly played a prominent role in supporting research, education and cultural exchanges with Japan, as well as legislative exchanges between elected officials in both countries, thus continuing to maintain the partnership between Japan and the United States that it was created to preserve.

Summer 2015 Internship Opportunities!

April 27, 2015 – 

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), U.S. CULCON Secretariat and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) in Washington, DC are seeking TWO summer 2015 interns to support current initiatives, which include activities promoting U.S.-Japan cultural, educational and people-to-people exchange. Interns will be disseminating information via social media, helping to plan a Summit of U.S.-Japan related organizations, assisting with the JUSFC grant-making selection process, and supporting the Friendship Blossoms and other campaigns. Applicants should have excellent research, internet and organizational skills and some knowledge of Japan and/or Japanese language (translation skills a plus). 16-40 hours/week in our Washington, DC office, flexible schedule. JUSFC/CULCON/USJBF will reimburse transportation costs. Please see our website for further information about our activities and our excellent Internship Program:

Please send a resume and cover letter to:

JUSFC Hosts U.S.-Japan Town Hall with Deputy Secretary of State Blinken

April 21, 2015 – 

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, on April 14, 2015, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State hosted the first of its kind high profile U.S.-Japan Town Hall “in Washington, D.C., featuring Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in conversation with JUSFC Vice Chair Dr. Sheila Smith. In the lead-up to the visit by the prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, the Town Hall meeting, entitled, “A Celebration of 70 years of Peace, Partnership, and Prosperity” aimed to recognize contributions from nationwide stakeholders to the strong partnership that has developed between the United States and Japan.

JUSFC Supports Stimson Center Program on U.S.-Japan-Australia Security Cooperation

April 16, 2015 – 

To highlight the emerging minilateral relationship between the United States, Japan, and Australia the Stimson Center hosted a panel discussion to coincide with the release of its publication entitled US-Japan-Australia Security Cooperation: Prospects and Challenges. The panel, funded in part by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), brought together a group of six U.S., Japanese and Australian scholars to discuss the evolution of the trilateral relationship and its impact on the Asia-Pacific regional security architecture. The publication may be downloaded here: