A new video features interviews with participants of the 65th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), including the entire American Executive Committee (AEC) of the 66th conference. The video highlights the participants’ personal JASC experiences and is available on Vimeo (by clicking on the image above) or on www.iscdc.org/jasc/2014/voices/.
The Fall 2013 edition of the JASC Journal is now available online. You can view the journal by clicking here. This addition includes a profile of Rachel Horton, a JASC 63 & 64 (2011 & 2012) alumna who is now working for Japan’s Permanent Mission to the UN, a recap of JASC 65, an invitation to ISC’s Washington, D.C. fundraiser, a call for applicants to JASC 66, and your JASCer notes.
Enjoy the Fall 2013 edition of the JASC Journal!
JASC 65 (2013) was a part of the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as entrepreneurship and leadership programs. More about the TOMODACHI Initiative in the video above.
JASC students were filmed during their programming at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo for the video. They are seen during the following clips:
An index of the JASC 65 blog posts is available at http://media.iscdc.org/images/JASC65Index.pdf.
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The 65th JASC adjourned on August 24th, 2013 and 72 student delegates (excluding the 16 executive committee members which will participate in the 66th conference) have now become alumni. Many alumni of the conference have gone on to distinguish themselves in business, academia, and government. Most notable among them is Kiichi Miyazawa, the former Prime Minister of Japan, who participated in the 1939 and 1940 Conferences, and Henry Kissinger, the former U.S. Secretary of State, who participated in the 1951 Conference.
ISC provides several services for alumni including, arranging events and reunions, circulating a quarterly newsletter, posting internship and job opportunities on the JASC Facebook Page, and arranging meetings with mentors upon request. The staff of ISC wishes all its young alumni the best and hopes they stay in touch as they go on to become leaders in their chosen fields.
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If you are interested in participating in the conference and joining the vibrant group of JASC alumni in the future, please watch the JASC 2014 page for information about applying to next summer’s conference.
On August 17th, 2013, JASC 65 hosted a forum on increasing tourism and economic activity in Iwate Prefecture. The forum was attended by local citizens and students from Morioka and surrounding cities. Since the forum was the first programming after the homestay weekend, many homestay families were in attendance as well.
Speakers from the Iwate Prefectural Government as well as local businesses gave presentations on Iwate’s local economy and tourism industry. JASC delegates then gave their thoughts during breakout discussion groups. Each discussion group provided recommendations for making Iwate more attractive to tourists. Along with JASCers learning more about the regional economy, the event sparked many new ideas Iwate’s people can work to implement in hopes of increasing economic activity in the region.
On August 22nd, 2013, the hard work of the JASC 65 delegation came to a head as students made their presentations during the Final Forum. Held at Aoyama Gakuin University, the site of the first JASC in 1934, the Final Forum drew a small but enthusiastic crowd of alumni, students, and supporters. Over 20,000 viewers also watched the Final Forum online thanks to streaming service Nico Nico Japan.
Members of the JASC 65 delegation made presentations about their roundtable topics, themes they had been studying and discussing together since first being selected as delegates. The roundtable process begins with the roundtable essay, a research paper prepared prior to JASC. This paper forms the basis for discussion once delegates arrive at the conference. Over the course of the conference in their roundtable, a group of four Japanese and four American students, delegates examine their topic through fieldtrips and discussions. The Final Forum presentation is an opportunity for each roundtable to share their findings and provide policy recommendations or project plans. The unique challenge of synthesizing the ideas of a group of eight students from differing backgrounds into one brief presentation is one of the most challenging components of JASC, but also one of the most rewarding.
Following the Final Forum, the delegation was hosted by the JASC Japan alumni association for a reception with fellow alumni. Many alumni from recent years were in attendance as well as some from JASCs long past.
On August 20th, 2013, the JASC 65 delegation spoke with Japanese Politician Shinjiro Koizumi. Mr. Koizumi is a member of the Liberal Democratic Party and represents the Kanagawa 11th district in Japan’s Parliment. He is also the second son of former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and younger brother of actor Kotaro Koizumi.
Mr. Koizumi spoke on his experience studying abroad at Columbia University in New York City as well as his motivation for pursuing a career in politics. He then answered JASCers’ questions which ranged in topic from Mr. Koizumi’s views on U.S. bases in Japan to his advice for future leaders. When asked whether he had ambitions to one day become Japan’s Prime Minister, Mr. Koizumi responded that his first goal is to serve the people and if it was the people’s wish, he’d serve them in that role.
On August 20th, 2013, the JASC 65 delegation was hosted by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a Reception in Tokyo. The reception was attended by JASC alumni, dignitaries from Japan and the U.S., and supporters of the conference. Former Ambassador of Japan to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki and Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo Mark Davidson both spoke at the reception. Both emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance and advocated for the positive role people-to-people exchanges like JASC can play in the relationship. JASC AEC Chair Paul Yarabe of Harvard University and JEC Chair Masato Takeuchi of the Tokyo University of the Arts also spoke at the reception and Dr. Takashi Oi of International Education Center gave a toast.
The JASC 65 delegation visited the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on August 21st, 2013. The visit was made possible by Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and JASC 36 & 37 (1984 & 1985) alumnus Kurt Tong and his staff.
JASCers were put to work during the session, breaking off in groups to brainstorm solutions to some of the Embassy’s most important challenges. JASCers were tasked with providing recommendations for four key policy goals, increasing youth exchange between Japan and the U.S., improving relations between U.S. military bases and the communities that house them, controlling regional tensions brought on by differing interpretations of history, and finding a way for Japan to be a part of the trans-pacific partnership while satisfying their agricultural lobby. Each group was facilitated by a U.S. diplomat with experience in the Embassy working on the specific issue. Although solutions were difficult to come by, the JASC delegation was able to gain some diplomatic experience and provide some ideas the diplomats found interesting and valuable. The discussions were followed by a question and answer session with a panel of U.S. diplomats.
Following the activities at the Embassy, JASCers were invited for a lunch reception at Deputy Chief of Mission Kurt Tong and his wife Mika’s, also an alumna of JASC 36 & 37 (1984 & 1985), residence. In addition to remarks by Mr. Tong, Kristy Holch, Chairman of the ISC Board of Directors and alumna of JASC 38 (1986) also spoke, encouraging JASCers to make the most of their final few days together and to stay in touch after the conference. Many other JASC alumni were in attendance as well as representatives from the Embassy and the TOMODACHI Program. After the reception, JASCers prepared for their discussion with Senator John McCain, which occurred later in the afternoon.