U.S.-Japan Town Hall: Trends in People-to-People Ties and Educational Initiatives

Author: Meg Bittle

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog

On January 29, 2019, Sasakawa USA and the U.S. Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme Alumni Association (USJETAA) co-hosted an inaugural hybrid U.S.-Japan town hall, with in-person and virtual attendees. This event, U.S.-Japan Town Hall: Trends in People-to-People Exchanges and Educational Initiatives was held at Florida International University (FIU) in Washington D.C.  Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and James “Jim” Gannon, Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange, discussed trends in people-to-people exchange between the United States in Japan. They also introduced recent educational initiatives and programs cultivating the next generation of leaders in U.S.-Japan relations.

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True Stories from Japan: A Tale of Two Sister Cities

Author: Kevin Yuan

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog, True Stories from Japan

I began to learn more about my position’s specific tasks over the following months. One of them stuck out to me in particular—I’d be participating in a sister cities delegation made up of 20 middle school students and five town chaperones to Camas, Washington, in October, less than two months after my arrival in Taki, Japan.

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True Stories from Japan: A Wedding Invite Offers First Sign of Acceptance

Author: Hayley Aron

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog, True Stories from Japan

One day, a coworker asked if I wanted a ride to the wedding of Hidefumi-sensei, another one of our coworkers. To be honest, at the time, I had absolutely no clue what she was talking about. Nor did I know that Hidefumi-sensei was getting married, let alone had a girlfriend. Even more surprising was that I was told two days before the wedding.

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JET Program recognized for role in disaster relief at film event

Author: Christa Desrets

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog

Five years after the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake struck Tohoku, one key group from the international community is remembered for its humanitarian impact and key role in forging the strong U.S.-Japan bond that continues today. The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is an initiative sponsored by the Japanese government that aims to enhance

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The Role of JET Alumni in U.S.-Japan Cooperation: A Tohoku Tomo film screening and panel discussion

Date: March 11, 2016

On the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, Sasakawa USA and JETAADC co-hosted a special screening of Tohoku Tomo 東北友 and panel discussion.

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