From its origin, JASC has been organized by university students who are interested in global and bilateral issues facing the U.S. and Japan. This tradition of student leadership has endured more than 80 years and is maintained through Executive Committees.
Each year, JASC's Executive Committee is comprised of eight students representing the U.S. and eight students representing Japan. Elected by fellow delegates, Committee members work jointly across the Pacific to create and implement the next JASC.
Throughout the year, members of the American Executive Committee are supported by International Student Conferences in Washington, D.C. Similarly, members of the Japanese Executive Committee are supported by International Education Center in Tokyo.
69th JASC American Executive Committee
University of California, Berkeley
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Johns Hopkins University
Franklin and Marshall College
Hello! My name is Yuta Baba, and I will be the American Executive Committee Chair for the 2017 69th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC). I am currently a sophomore at Carleton College in Minnesota, and I am a potential History and Economics major though this might change by the time I see you next summer, so we will see. Born and raised in Japan, I spent one year in Baltimore as a high school exchange student. This experience helped me decide to come to the U.S. for college. I like playing tennis and just walking around, and long-boarding is becoming my new hobby on campus!
As a Japanese studying in the U.S., I am always interested in the U.S.-Japan relationship. The 68th JASC was a great opportunity for me to reexamine the relationship through programs and conversations with fellow delegates. However, for me, the 68th JASC was also about getting to know myself better from strengths to weaknesses, and making friends that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I never imagined that within three weeks of the conference, I could build strong relationships and trust with people who I barely knew before the conference. Now I am extremely excited that I am planning the 69th conference with fellow Executive Committee members whom I respect. Each delegate has their own JASC experience. As the 69th American Executive Committee chair, I hope to help each participant have an invaluable experience through the program. Welcome to the 69th JASC!
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Greetings! My name is Jon Foissotte, and I am currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins SAIS studying Japan in the context of international relations. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago, spent my undergraduate years at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and am now living in Washington, D.C. It seems my academic career has been taking me farther and farther eastward! My personal hobbies include playing the piano as well as reading in my admittedly infinitesimal spare time—my favorite genre happens to be science fiction.
As a delegate entering last year’s 68th JASC, I was attracted mainly by the prospect of discussing a wide variety of complex issues with other students from diverse backgrounds. I discovered that JASC was not only intellectually enriching—the experiences I shared together with others enabled me to establish a much deeper mutual understanding with my fellow delegates in a way that was nothing short of profound. In short, my experience at JASC indelibly affected my personal and professional life, and will continue to stay with me indefinitely. Serving as Vice Chair for the 69th JASC, my mission is to pour everything I have into making this year’s conference truly unforgettable.
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Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer Lim -- Jen for short! I'm a Senior at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, majoring in Communication Studies, with minors in Business Administration and Japanese. I was born in California, raised in Singapore, and now back in the U.S. for college and hopefully for work too. Outside of school, I enjoy Brazilian jiu jitsu, traveling, and watching documentaries.
The 68th JASC was an incredibly rewarding program for me. Even though it wasn't really related to my major, I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with people from different backgrounds and learning their perspectives on issues facing the U.S. and Japan, and I've learnt so much more about myself as well. As a member of the 69th JASC Executive Committee, I hope to make this JASC as equally rewarding for all the delegates as it was for me.
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Hello! My name is Erin Norris, and I’m a rising fourth year in the Honors Program at Northeastern University, where I study Political Science and International Affairs. I also have minors in Japanese and History, and am hoping to add another minor in Asian Studies. At Northeastern, I’m involved with the International Relations Council, where I compete with the travel teams for Model UN, NATO, and the Arab League on the national level. In addition, I am a member of the Northeastern University Debate Team, NEU Circle K, and a volunteer with Haley House (an organization that runs several soup kitchens and prepares food for people in need) here in Boston. As hobbies, I enjoy studying French, playing video games, and watching cartoons. I grew up in New York, close enough to New York City to take a healthy interest in Broadway and all the wonderful things the city has to offer.
My experience as a JASCer in the 68th JASC was definitely eye opening. I had been to Japan the summer before, but being able to enter into such interesting and intense dialogue with Japanese delegates was a wonderful experience! I learned how to interact with people from all different lifestyles and perspectives, and so much about Japanese and American culture from all of my new friends--who I stay in contact with still. It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life, and I can’t wait to give my delegates in the 69th JASC as wonderful and eye opening of an experience as possible!
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Hello! My name is Kaede Yoshioka, a third year at the University of California, Berkeley. I study Chemical Engineering with a concentration on Material Science and Engineering. I was born in Japan but moved to the United States when I was seven years old. I first moved to a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, then moved to Southern California. Now I live in Northern California to attend college. I’ve gone through a lot of moving in my lifetime, but this has really helped me develop friendships with people from various places, both in the United States and in Japan.
Though most of my school life has been in the U.S., I’m still pretty involved in Japanese culture and language. I created the Japanese Culture Club in high school, was an officer of the Cal Japan Club in college, and was a member of the Nikkei Choral Ensemble, where we sung Japanese songs in a cappella.
I must say, when I participated in the 68th JASC as a delegate, I wasn’t looking for any challenging or thought-provoking experiences. I knew the Japanese language and culture pretty well, and was just looking to have a fun experience. I was pleasantly surprised. Throughout the 3 weeks, my thoughts and ideals were challenged repeatedly by the programming and the deep conversations I had with other participants. For the 69th JASC, I want to provide the same thought-provoking experience I had, while also supporting the delegates as a bicultural member of the Executive Committee.
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Hello! My name is Ehenneden Idehen-Amadasun. I am currently a junior at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, majoring in Government and minoring in Japanese Language. I was born in the Bronx, New York, but was raised in Brooklyn. I am a self-confessed anime/manga lover, and in my free time I love to draw.
Being a part of the 68th JASC delegation has been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences in my young adult life. JASC allowed me to reevaluate my academic, personal and potential career goals. Studying and discussing the political relations between Japan and the U.S. allowed me to test out my government studies knowledge and learn about the international system, as well as the plethora of areas where both nations intersect; examples of this would be the discussions we had on issues of culture and modernization, or the hands-on entrepreneurial competition connecting the abstract concepts of community and social improvement with real world application. Being a part of such a diverse, intelligent and driven delegation of over 70 American and Japanese delegates gave me ample opportunity to learn about Japanese traditional and contemporary culture as well as improve my language proficiency. JASC put me in the position to meet some of the top experts in various fields, ranging from law, technology, entrepreneurship, and government, to name a few. Besides having the opportunity to learn from them about their work, I was able to form networks that I believe will further my career long after JASC.
I am so excited to work to make this conference as informative and meaningful as possible with the help of my fellow EC members! I hope that as an EC, I can help the 69th delegates gain the same, or better experiences and memories that I had as a delegate.
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My name is Eric Mueller and I transferred from a small town in Kansas to study Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am continuing the study Political Science and Japanese language as a senior exchange student at Sophia University in Tokyo.
My favorite hobbies include caring for succulent and epiphytic plants as well as an African Grey parrot named Keira. I have always loved exploring new cities, natural landscapes, and playing various types of games. Cultural exchange is my passion and conflict resolution is my mission. In high school, I decided to pursue a career in the foreign service while traveling with the Speech and Debate Team to national tournaments where we researched global problems, such as military presence and nuclear warfare, and presented potential solutions. In community college, I developed servant leadership skills while participating in Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, where I met some truly inspirational people. During the 68th JASC, I was so inspired by the academic programming, cultural exchange, and fellowship that I decided to campaign for the American Executive Committee. I am honored to be the Treasurer for the 69th JASC – Self and Society: Sharing Perspectives and Inspiring Action – and I look forward to sharing memorable experiences with you!
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Hello everyone! My name is Danyi Zeng. I am a senior at Smith College majoring in anthropology. I also enjoy taking courses in economics, political science, and architecture. Raised in China and now studying in the United States, I have gradually come to understand how diverse cultures and societies can be. At Smith, I worked on the Social Justice Committee for a year, through which I really began to learn and to think about America and its history. During the past summer, I interned at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing to explore my interests in museum curation. It was quite cool because I got a chance to live in a hutong – an old neighborhood built in the 15th century – for a few weeks to experience not only the traditional lifestyle but also contemporary social changes in the community!
I have always found the communication between East Asian countries and the U.S. fascinating. The 68th JASC offered me a unique space to share my thoughts and develop everlasting friendships with individuals of all various backgrounds. JASCers were not only intelligent and passionate during RT discussions but also eloquent and open-minded at panels addressing various themes. The real-world experience was far more interesting than any news story or manga I have read about Japan. It was a rewarding journey full of challenges and surprises. As a member of the 69th Executive Committee, I am excited to help bring to this year’s delegates as memorable a three weeks as I was able to experience.
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