Japanese Executive Committee
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.
70th JASC Japanese Executive Committee
Aoyama Gakuin University
Akita International University
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Greetings! My name is Shinju Hasegawa, and I will be the American Executive Committee Chair for the 2018 70th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC). I am currently a Junior at Gakushuin University, and I am business management major. Born and raised in Hawaii, I spent 5 years there, although I do not remember at all. I love doing magic tricks, just hanging around, and reading books!
As I was born in Hawaii, I am always interested in the U.S.-Japan relationship. The 69th JASC was a great opportunity for me to challenge myself. Discussing in English, making good relationships with others, reflecting on your own weakness, keeping your healthiness, and many other things. If you want to learn and challenge yourself, you can’t miss this great chance. Moreover, I had many wow experience here in JASC. Listening to others experience and stories sometimes make you shook, however that is the moment people know each other in the deeper level. Now, I have many friends who can blow my minds. Full of happiness and pleasurable excitement planning the 70th JASC with the fellow Executive Committee members whom I respect. How can I not be passionate working with these members. Each delegate has his/her only story of JASC. I hope you all enjoy this wow experience through the 70th conference. I guarantee you that it would be a memory of a lifetime. Let's make unforgettable memories.
I cannot wait to meet you all!
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Greetings. My name is Ayano Sasaki, a second year student at Kyushu University in Japan, majoring in Law, especially focusing on the Japanese constitution. I am serving as the 70th Japan-America Student Conference Executive Committee Vice Chair, supporting the chair as well as the other committee members. I was born in Nagasaki, and lived in many places in Japan such as Yokohama, Fukuoka, Tochigi, Miyazaki and Nagasaki. Nagasaki is the place which first gave me the chance to think about the relationship between United States and Japan deeply from many aspects such as peace, politics, and culture. Since I have lived in many places, I like traveling and enjoying local culture, food and talking with local people. I have been to United States a few times and I joined a program in Stanford University last spring, which was also a great experience for me. Through the 69th JASC, I met a lot of wonderful people and learned not only about something new and different from Japanese perspectives but also about myself through deep conversations with other JASCers and self-reflection. It was a very nice opportunity to notice the differences between me and others and think about who I am as a person. In this year, my Round Table is “The Potential of Innovation: Building an Awareness of our Technological Roots.” I am so excited to start making this RT together with delegates and the American side EC Jacques!
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Hello everyone! My name is Mikeila Emi Fujimoto, a third year at Aoyama Gakuin University, where I study French Literature. I also take courses in International Relations and European Studies. I was born in Auckland, New Zealand and moved to Japan when I was 5 years old. In Japan I grew up in a rural area called Gunma, and am now living in the center of Tokyo to attend university. My hobbies include yoga, watching movies, and traveling. From a young age, my mother took me and my brother( who was also a Committee member for 69th JASC) to many countries, for example, Laos, India, Africa, to do volunteer work at schools and orphanages teaching English or Japanese culture. This experience gave me new perspectives on the world and made me interested in other cultures and customs. I also enjoy cooking ethnic food, especially Japanese, and like to spend most of my free time trying new recipes.
My experience as delegate for last year's 69th JASC was extremely rewarding and memorable because I was able to forge new friendships, gain a deeper understanding of Japanese and American cultural differences, and through this gain an appreciation for my own bi-cultural identity. As a member of the 70th Executive Committee, I'm looking forward to use my experience to help the delegates gain new ideas, interests, perspectives on local and global issues. Also, support delegates as they network and make new relationships and links that they can capitalize on in the future. I'm excited to meet you next year!
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Greetings from Japan. My name is Aya Oshikiri and I am a junior student in Meiji university majoring in Business Administration.
I have spent my days in Japan. I was born in Tokyo and raised in Yokohama. Since when I was a child, I have been slightly familiar with English like singing songs or watching comics influenced by my mother who has been interested in it. Affected by that fact, I have had a dream to make friends with many people abroad. My dream has finally come true in the 69th JASC with wonderful and incredible friends. Through this experience, although I encountered some misunderstandings or miscommunications because of the difference of language itself, I believe that the attitude which tries to understand what one wants to tell me or what one thinks important in the culture may has already strengthened our bonds tightly. That precious experience made me want to run for one of the executive committees, and fortunately, it turned out that I can engage in it!
I am sure that I work hard to make this historic conference function in a good condition with my amazing colleagues. We are very looking forward to supporting all the future delegates to have chance of life-changing experiences in the 70th JASC!
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Greetings! My name is Erika Ito, and I am currently a sophomore student at Tohoku University School of Medicine in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture. I was born in Kanagawa raised in Mie. I used to live in San Antonio, Texas for two years when I was six years old. Outside of school, I enjoy playing the violin which I started learning at age 3, reading, and chatting with friends. Also, I am in a college racing ski team, and alpine skiing is becoming my new hobby on campus!
The My 69th JASC experience is very hard to describe in words, since there were tons of challenges and struggles. My thoughts, ideas, and personality were challenged repeatedly, and I often had to face many things that I usually find difficult. But when I reflect on my JASC experience, there was a lot of learning. I had deep conversations with other delegates and found good and bad perspective about myself. I was surprised at how serious delegates were thinking about the future of their own lives while attempting to tackle the ambiguous future of the world, and was deeply moved by their kindness and generosity. There are no doubts that 69th JASC helped me to broaden my horizons. As a member of the 70th JASC Executive Committee, I am very excited to work with my wonderful colleagues and cannot wait to give the 70th JASC delegates an unforgettable and eye-opening experience!
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Hello! My name is Roy Lee, and I am a senior at Akita International University, a small liberal arts college in the Northeastern part of Japan, where I grow my own rice and fend off bears with jingle bells. I study business and education, but my academic interest spans fields such as cultural anthropology, sociology, and history. I will be coordinating the “Re-envisioning the Purpose of Schooling and Education Reform” round table for the 70th JASC. When I’m not overwhelmed with the work of being on the Executive Committee, I like to travel on a budget, watch late night comedies, and collect badges from different schools around Japan.
I am originally from Cupertino, California, the heart of the Silicon Valley. However, I have also lived in Beijing and Charlotte, NC, before moving to Japan for college. My unique experience as a Chinese-American living in Japan ignited my interest for China-Japan-America trilateral relations, which ultimately led me to participate in the 69th JASC. Initially, my aim was mostly networking and academic discussion. However, through the three weeks of living, traveling, and bathing together with the smartest and most passionate group of people I know, I’ve realized that the genuine exchange of dialogue and the friendships that go beyond cultures and language are what truly matters the most.
As an Executive Committee member of the 70th JASC, I am fully committed to bringing you the once-in-a-life-time JASC experience. The 70th JASC has inherited the same JASC spirit that has been passed down since 1934, but will also be an amazing life-changing adventure that only belongs to you and the 70th delegation. Hope to see you soon!
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Hello everyone! My name is Tsukimi Kanazawa. I am a junior student at Chukyo University and majoring in Policy Studies, which includes social science, political science and economics. I am especially interested in poverty problems and how to solve social issues from the public administration in Japan. I was born and raised in Aichi, Japan. Also, I have an experience studying in the U.S. for around a year. I like classical music, and I have been playing flute since I was 10 years old. I was majoring in classical music when I was a high school student. Now my major has changed, but I still love all music!
My JASC experience was excellent. I cannot explain with any words, but it was unforgettable. During JASC 69th, all members tried to understand not only other ways of thinking, but also each other's backgrounds, values, and so on. From all of your discussion time, I gained new knowledge, ideas and perspectives. JASC is the best student community that I have been a part of in my entire student life, so I will work for all of JASCers and future delegates as an EC. I am looking forward to meeting the 70th delegates and having a great time with you!
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Greetings. My name is Toyosaka Takehisa. I am a sophomore at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, majoring Chinese Language and Culture Studies. Since I was Born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan, where is one of the most sacred places of Japanese Ramen noodles, I really love eating them. Not only Ramen, I love so many kinds food like Natto that I eat at least two packs in a day, Sushi, peperoncino, bouillabaisse and so on. At the university, I study philosophy and anthropology in addition to my major, Chinese. While studying these subjects, I became more and more intrigued by religion and decided to make RT which is related to religion and ideology. The 69th JASC was literally an eye-opening experience for me and I realized that I did not know anything about Japanese culture, tradition, religion and history. Through the conference, I found out the importance of learning things from different perspectives and got interested in studying Zen philosophy and Buddhism which are not covered in Western philosophy. I truly hope the 70th JASC will be a great opportunity for all delegates to challenge and reexamine themselves. I can't wait to meet all of future 70th delegates!
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