April 24th, 2014
Statement by U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan
“These government programs are complemented by the many non-governmental programs linking the people of our two countries, such as the Japan-America Societies, the U.S.-Japan Council, and the more than 400 sister-city and sister-state and prefecture relationships between Japan and the United States. Such programs are indispensable, as are the dozens of academic associations, university linkages, and privately-funded exchanges, for example […] the Japan-America Student Conference, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. Japan and the United States aim to further encourage new and expanded non-governmental dialogues to bring together opinion leaders from both nations.”
The United States and Japan: Shaping the Future of the Asia-Pacific and Beyond, The American Presidency Project, https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/306024.