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.