Japan and the Republic of Korea, two important allies in Asia for the United States, have had periods of tension, war, and estrangement. The teaching of their shared history has challenged relations between the two nations.
With a goal to advance the U.S.-Japan-Korea partnership, Sasakawa USA has partnered with the International Student Conferences (ISC) to co-host a trilateral student symposium since 2015. Each year, ISC hosts a one-week program in Washington, D.C., to bring together top Japanese, Korean, and American college students selected for the executive committees of the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) and Korea-America Student Conference (KASC). The students spend a week meeting with government officials, scholars, and representatives from U.S.-Japan-Korea related organizations to discuss different points of view on historic events while looking for opportunities to move forward with future trilateral cooperation.
On the final day of the program, students present their findings at a public symposium with senior Japanese, Korean, and American policy experts. In 2015, Sasakawa USA joined ISC as the co-host of the third trilateral symposium to include Japanese students and experts for the first time. Since 2017, the symposium has included participants from all three nations and has been co-hosted by the Korea Foundation.
With a history dating back to 1934, JASC is one of the most prestigious U.S.-Japan student dialogue that attracts the best and the brightest of future Japanese and American leaders. Former JASC alumni include Henry Kissinger and former PM Kiichi Miyazawa. The trilateral conference is a unique opportunity for participating students and potential future leaders to work together. Sasakawa USA is proud to support the students from JASC and their cooperation with students from KASC.
January 4, 2019
For the Sixth U.S.-Japan-Korea Trilateral Symposium, Sasakawa USA partnered with International Student Conferences and Korea Foundation for a symposium at which student leaders and senior policy experts discussed the role of soft power and media in trilateral relations and areas of collaboration in addition to regional security.
January 4, 2018
On January 4, 2018, the International Student Conferences (ISC) and Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA provided the future leaders for U.S.-Japan-Korea cooperation with the opportunity to discuss their views on digital diplomacy and workplace challenges. These student leaders alongside senior experts discussed key present-day topics directly relevant to the U.S., Japan and Korea.
January 5, 2017
Sasakawa USA partnered with International Student Conferences for a symposium at which student leaders discussed U.S.-Japan-Korea relations with senior policy experts from all three nations. The event included discussions on challenging issues including security and human rights in North Korea, women in leadership, and the overall future direction of trilateral cooperation.
January 8, 2015
This three-day summit sponsored by Sasakawa USA brought together leaders from the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) and Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) to discuss the future of U.S.-Japan-Korea relations. Topics included historical issues, the security alliance, immigration, and urban challenges.