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Japan-America Student Conference

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 three to 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.

The Japan-U.S. relationship is long-standing, but each JASC is innovative and new. By exploring this relationship on multiple levels (e.g. politics, trade, culture, news media), students gain knowledge and confidence to discuss, debate, and co-create bilateral and international relations.

A unique feature of JASC is that students organize each conference, working together across the Pacific throughout the academic year. They also facilitate roundtables (RTs; small cross-cultural research cohorts) during the conference, where they discuss important issues outside the traditional classroom with other students from across the globe and conduct research projects to present at the end of the conference.

In this time of global challenges, the Japan-America Student Conference stands out as a shining example of how close interaction between youths of different cultures can build a solid foundation for future friendship and cooperation.

His Excellency Ryozo Kato
Former Ambassador of Japan to the U.S.

These experiences provide a foundation for cultural sensitivity and global awareness–and a forum for the open exchange of ideas. More importantly, the intense experience of living and working together encourages mutual appreciation among delegates, promoting lasting friendships that will further strengthen ties between the U.S. and Japan.

The participation fee for American Delegates attending JASC is $3,000 in a US year and $3,500 in a Japan year. This fee covers during-trip (including to and from Japan) airfare, ground transportation, housing and board, and all conference-related activities for the entire three-week conference. Please contact for questions.



Visions: perspectives reflected from the past—together understanding, contributions for the future

Sites: Los Angeles (August 3-9), New Orleans (August 9-14), and Washington, DC (August 14-23)
American Orientation Site: Los Angeles (August 1-3)

For more information about the current JASC use the menu at the top or visit

JASC Japan

For information in Japanese or more details on how to apply to join the Japanese delegation, please visit our Japan partner’s site at

About JASC


Thank you to the generous supporters of the 76th Japan-America Student Conference (received as of May 21, 2024):

JASC 76 Scholarships Provided by:

  • International Student Conferences Plant a Diplomatic Tree Scholarship
  • JASSW Centennial Scholarship
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Washington and Lee University

JASC 76 Program Partners (Confirmed):

  • Georgetown University
  • Korea Economic Institute of America
  • New Orleans Preservation Hall
  • Urasenke Tankokai Los Angeles Association
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • Japanese Consulate of Los Angeles

Thank you to the generous supporters of the 75th Japan-America Student Conference:

JASC 75 Scholarships Provided by:

  • Colgate University
  • International Student Conferences Plant a Diplomatic Tree Scholarship
  • George Mason University
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of Hawaii – Mańoa
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison