Joint Statement by CULCON USA & Japan at its Plenary Session

At the CULCON XXIX Plenary Session virtually on October 17/18, 2021, the Joint Statement in English version and Japanese version was made by the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) U.S. and Japan and released on October 27th, 2021.

The 29th Plenary Session was co-chaired by the Honorable KATO Ryozo, Former Ambassador of Japan to the United States, and Dr. Sheila A. Smith, John E. Merow Senior Fellow for Asia Pacific Studies, Council on Foreign Relations. The Panels received congratulatory messages from Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio and President Joseph R. Biden, delivered by SONE Kenko.

In the statement, Koyamada International Foundation (KIF) was one of the organizations applauded for good examples of creativity, energy, and potential demonstrated by some local and regional areas and for the work of our on-going local and subnational diplomacy, despite constraints of the pandemic.

Established in 1961, CULCON (U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange), a binational advisory panel to both governments, serves to focus official and public attention in both the United States and Japan on the vital cultural and educational underpinnings of the binational relationship.

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