The Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) is a student-led exchange program, initiated in 1934 by university students concerned by the breakdown of bilateral relations prior to the Second World War. Today, an equal number of students from the U.S. and Japan are competitively selected each year to spend one summer month together, studying and analyzing Japan-U.S. relations while visiting four diverse regions in the host country. JASC alternates its host country every year, emphasizing the personal connections between two distinct cultures gathered together in one place.
Every summer, participants visit each country and learn about the culture and social/political issues. They also belong to each of the roundtable and discuss their topics through August.
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68th Japan-America Student Conference
Convening from August 1-24, 2016, the overall theme for the 68th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) is “Addressing Our Changing Future: From Self and Community to the World”. Having commemorated the 70th Anniversary of WWII in the past year, JASC is eager to cast its eyes on the future in 2016.
The 72-member JASC delegation, comprising of 36 Japanese students and 36 American students, will kick-off the conference in Boston. From there, they will travel to: Washington, D.C.; Missoula, Montana; and then to their final location: San Francisco, California. Each site will offer a unique window to examine and strengthen the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Japan while also addressing real-time issues.
Initiated in 1934, JASC has an 80 plus year history that includes a host of distinguished delegates, from former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, and president of Nissan Corporation Yutaka Katayama. Delegates of JASC discuss a variety of bilateral and global topics, learn firsthand from established leaders and educational field trips, build professional networks, and forge lifelong friendships across the Pacific as they travel across the U.S. for a period of 3 weeks.
67th Japan-America Student Conference
The 67th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) took place from July 31-August 16, 2015. The conference commenced in Los Angeles, California, with an orientation and then the delegates traveled to the first site, Hiroshima, Japan, to witness the city that commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. In Shimane, they learned about a city undergoing revitalization; in Kyoto, they learned about the rich history of Japanese culture; and the conference concluded in Tokyo, at the nation’s capitol and the hub of industry and economy in Japan.
66th Japan-America Student Conference
In 2014, JASC celebrates its 80th anniversary. In this commemorable 66th JASC, 72 Japanese and American university students will visit Des Moines, IA, San Francisco, CA, New York, NY and Washington D.C. to learn about politics, social issues and cultures in the United States. The TOMODACHI Initiative will be supporting their activities in D.C.
65th Japan-America Student Conference
The 65th JASC was held in Japan in Kyoto, Nagasaki, Iwate and Tokyo in the summer of 2013. The goal for this conference was to gather Japanese and American college students of diverse backgrounds with a profound interest in understanding each other’s cultures. Student delegates participated in roundtable discussions to talk about the future of U.S.-Japan relations in a time when both nations face great challenges. By coming together and discussing pressing issues in both nations, the students build mutual understandings and friendships that lead to a stronger U.S.-Japan relationship.
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This program is funded by TOMODACHI’s Fund for Exchanges through generous contributions from Toyota Motor Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Hitachi, Ltd.