Special Seminar of the United States-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange
September 24, 2015
1. On September 27, Special Seminar of the United States-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) will be held in Washington DC, the United States. At this Seminar, discussions on the topics “Passing the Torch to the Next Generation” and “Embracing Diversity and Opportunities for the U.S. and Japan” are scheduled to take place, with the goal of strengthening the Japan-U.S.relationship.
2. Experts from both countries in various fields and the CULCON panels (Japan chair: Mr. Ryozo Kato, former Ambassador of Japan to the United States; U.S. chair: Mr. Harry Hill, President and CEO, Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc.) will attend the Seminar, as well as Mr. Jun Shimmi, Director-General for Cultural Affairs and others from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) and Dr. Yoshio Yamawaki, Director-General for International Affairs, Ministry of Education,Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan (MEXT). Panelists such as Amb. Tatsuo Arima, President of the Middle East Institute of Japan; Dr. Junichi Hamada, former President of the University of Tokyo; Lt. Gen. Koichiro Bansho, former Commanding General of Western Army of Japan Ground Self-Defence Force; Charles Bolden, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and luncheon speaker U.S. Congressman Mr. Joaquín Castro (co-Chair of the U.S.-Japan Caucus) will take the podium.
3. A wide range of exchanges of views by experts from both Japan and the United States regarding the future challenges of cultural, intellectual and people-to-people exchanges, as well as the role of CULCON are expected to deepen dicussion on broad range of bilateral interchange and to contribute to the development of the Japan-U.S. relationship.