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.
Laurel Lukaszewski is the Project Director of the JETAA Initiative at the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation. She wrote this blog reflecting on her experiences living and working in Japan. Twenty-five years ago I went to Japan on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme to work as an assistant English teacher on Tanegashima. This small, rural