On Monday, April 14, ISC was hosted by the Consulate General of Japan in NYC at his residence in Manhattan. The gathering brought together ISC alumni, Board members, corporate supporters, and other supportive individuals for the program “Celebrating U.S.-Japan Intellectual Exchange”. The program featured opening remarks by Deputy Consul General Kengo Yoshihara (JASC 41), remarks from Ambassador Sumio Kusaka, Consul General of Japan in New York, a keynote speech from ISC Board of Directors Vice Chairman and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Glen S. Fukushima (JASC 22; 23), a short presentation on the 66th JASC from American Executive Committee Vice Chair Pramodh Ganapathy, and a toast from Professor Hugh Patrick, R.D. Calkins Professor Emeritus of International Business and Director and Founder of the Center on Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia Business School.
In addition to celebrating the 80-year history of JASC and the people-to-people connection between Japan and the U.S., Ambassador Kusaka and Mr. Fukushima both took time to talk about the current status of the U.S.-Japan partnership, noting challenges they face together regionally. They both emphasized the need for greater understanding and discussion in the region, especially among the U.S., Japan, and Korea, applauding ISC’s recent efforts in JASC-KASC Trilateral Symposiums.
Mr. Fukushima also spoke in detail of his experience during his JASCs, including the five things he gained from JASC: knowledge, experience, network, friendship, and of course, his wife, Sakie T. Fukushima!
Pramodh Ganapathy, AEC Vice Chair and Duke University Senior, made a moving presentation about what JASC means to him and the rest of the American Executive Committee. He brought tears and laughter of nostalgia to the eyes of the alumni in attendance by showing a video about what JASC means to the current AEC. You can watch that video here: http://iscdc.org/jasc/2014/voices/. He also shared the plans for the 66th JASC to be held in the U.S. this coming August.
After the program, guests were invited upstairs for a reception. Professor Patrick made a toast to the prosperous future of the U.S.-Japan relationship. Guests networked and enjoyed each others company, refreshments, and Japanese cuisine for the rest of the evening.
JASC will be celebrating its 80th Anniversary this summer in San Francisco! Come out for a long weekend to see all of your old friends, meet some new ones, and interact with the 66th JASC delegation! For more details and to RSVP, visit www.regonline.com/