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 Japanese Executive Committee
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
University of Tokyo
Hello! My name is Ryohei Shiozaki. Please call me “Shio”, which means salt in Japanese. I will be the 69th Japan-America Student Conference Japanese Executive Chair. I am a sophomore at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, majoring in Latin America studies, so I speak a bit of Portuguese. My grandparents run a Dojo where people practice Japanese martial arts such as kendo. I was exposed to Japanese traditional culture in my childhood. However, one day I went to the Universal Studios in Japan, and was amazed by American movies! After that, I became really interested in America. I love American music and love to watch the NBA.
In the 68th JASC, I realized how difficult it is to understand each other. JASC has always emphasized itself as a place to establish “mutual understanding.” However, it is not so easy to achieve it. To make better relationships, sometimes we have to tell our honne (your honest feelings) even though there may be a possibility of making relationships sour.
As the Japanese side Chair of the 69th JASC, I hope that JASC gives you opportunities to face your weaknesses. This is easier said than done; however, I am sure that it will be a rewarding experience. And of course, we will be here to help you. Join us and enjoy your encounter with your peers as well as yourself. I’m really looking foward to seeing you!
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Greetings. My name is Masahiro Shingo. I am currently majoring in computer science at the University of Tokyo. I am the 69th Japan-America Student Conference Japanese Executive Committee Vice Chair, supporting the chair "Shio" as well as the other committee members.
I lived in Los Angeles for one year and in New York for three and half years when I was an elementary school student, so I have been interested in America since then.
In the 68th JASC, I was intrigued most by its coexistence of academic debates and real experiences of international exchange. Delegates with different backgrounds brought various perspectives even to academic discussion. For example, when we discussed affirmative action in the Law RT, we could not reach a consensus as to how society should react because we saw issues from various angles. However, I am grateful for the opportunities that exposed me to new ways of thinking. As the Japanese side Vice Chair of the 69th JASC, I am eager to expose the delegates to the Japanese spirit and our cultural roots. I hope that JASC brings a chance to reexamine your own values as well as how we should act in the modern society, where many big problems are emerging such as environmental destruction and severe financial panics. We can't wait to see wonderful delegates soon!!
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Hello! My name is Ayako Arita. I am a junior at Doshisha University in Kyoto, majoring in political science and international relations. Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, I visited the mainland of the United States for the first time through the 68th JASC. In my free time, I like to dance and play with dogs.
I applied for the 68th JASC because I was first fascinated by its history. Japanese university students who were concerned about the breakdown of the bilateral relationship prior to the Second World War established JASC. However through the experience of the 68th JASC, I realized that its history is just one aspect among many of the appeals of JASC. Being able to meet participants of great personalities is one of the many fascinating features of JASC. Delegates have different backgrounds and interests, so it is rewarding to exchange opinions with them. As an Executive Committee member of the 69th JASC, I hope to create an unforgettable experience for the 69th JASCers.
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Hello! My name is Ryota Kawasaki. I am currently a sophomore at Doshisha University, majoring in cultural studies with a concentration on the Asia-Pacific area. Born and raised in Kyoto, one of Japan’s significant cultural cities, I have been pretty fascinated by its traditional culture. I was in the "Globalization and Economic Development" Roundtable during the 68th JASC, and my background really helped diversify the discussion by adding a "cultural perspective" to an economic discussion. As a former participant of the 68th JASC, the experience was not only fun but also thought-provoking. Day by day and night by night, I discussed various issues ranging from personal issues to politics with other delegates. These discussions fascinated me so much that I could not go straight to bed! These sleep deprived days were totally worthwhile because I was able to open up my horizons. However, I also learned through the hours of conversations that not all dialogue ends in success. Overcoming these difficult times, I was able to build firm relationships with other JASCers.
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Warm greetings. My name is Avelino Fujimoto and I am a fourth year medical student at Gunma University. I was born in New Zealand and emigrated to Japan when I was eight years old. My passion for medicine comes from engaging in volunteer work abroad in countries such as India, Laos and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa. My experience in the DRC was especially interesting because I had the opportunity to implement a physical education program at a local elementary school. I also enjoy traveling, experiencing diverse cultures and exchanging ideas with new friends.
Participating in the 68th JASC as a delegate was both a challenging and rewarding experience. I was constantly inspired by my intelligent, hardworking and enthusiastic peers. I was not only able to gain new perspectives but also made lifelong friendships.
As an Executive Committee member of the 69th JASC, I am looking forward to being a part of planning the conference in Japan and I would like to encourage the new delegates to participate in this exciting and stimulating program. The Executive Committee members in Japan wish to provide an unforgettable experience to you all.
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Hello, I am Natsuko Nakagawa, one of the Japanese Executive Committee members. I am currently a freshman at Keio University, majoring in Policy Management. I grew up in Tokyo and lived in Finland for a year as a high school exchange student. Since then, I have been interested in the fields of education and journalism. During the 68th JASC, I learned the importance of continuing to reflect on myself and being strong enough to speak up. JASC is a safe place to do that. I promise to put all I can into making the 69th JASC an experience that extend beyond just one summer for all who are involved. I am already looking forward to getting to know all the delegates deeply and discussing various multi-dimensional social issues together.
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Greetings from Japan! I am Kazuhira Saito, and you can call me Peace, which is my English name, as my first name means peace in Japanese characters. I am a junior at Kyushu University, majoring in international economics and global business management. I am especially interested in knowledge management for innovation, and the 68th JASC was a good chance to learn more about international management as well as to reflect on myself.
I like traveling. I have been to 14 Asian countries, and my interest in Asia led to my exchange program in Hong Kong from August 2014 to May 2015. However, the more I came to understand Asia, the more I realized the U.S. influence on Asia in an international context. Through the 68th JASC, I was able to reenvision the bilateral relationship from various perspectives, such as the pros and cons of TPP, how each student perceives the atomic bombs. I learned so much from the profound discussions that I cannot list all my takeaways. As an Executive Committee member of the 69th JASC, I would like to devote myself to your fruitful experiences in the summer of 2017. We are looking forward to talking with you soon!
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Hello! My name is Kumi Yoshikawa. I am currently a sophomore at Keio University, studying Japanese constitution and law. I haven’t decided my major yet, but I am currently interested in constitution, human rights, politics, and international relations. I spent most of my life in Tokyo except for one year in the U.S. as a high school exchange student. My special skills include drawing and graphic design. Inspired by Hayao Miyazaki, I even imagined becoming an animator and applied to a famous art university in Tokyo. However, I changed my major to law, and now I am envisioning becoming a lawyer.
JASC is often called a “life-changing experience,” and my case was not an exception. The 68th JASC gave me many challenges, and through overcoming those challenges I was able to build lifelong friendships. It was an unforgettable memory that our Law Roundtable spent many sleepless nights intensely discussing issues such as abortion and the death penalty. Also, being exposed to a diverse range of values caused me to question the way I had lived for the past 21 years. Throughout JASC, there were countless moments that we were able to understand each other deeply, overcoming the differences in our values. There is no wonder that our Roundtable members were connected strongly with one another.
As an Executive Committee member of the 69th JASC, I would like to devote all my energy to making the next conference a place you can encounter different values and broaden your horizons. I am hoping to give you an even better experience than we had. Welcome to JASC! I am looking forward to seeing you in Japan!
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