J-CONFERENCE

Fostering United States + Japan relationships
OCTOBER 28 & 29, 2013
WASEDA UNIVERSITY | TOKYO, JAPAN
J- CENTER
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28
GREETINGS
USCCD J-Center Director, Matt Clark, welcomes participants to the conference
OPENING REMARKS
Overview of the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership’s investment in programs that promote
Japanese culture, language, and arts, particularly in the American Midwest
Japan Foundation CGP Satoshi Hasegawa | Managing Director
OPENING PRESENTATION
Overview of the current state of the U.S.-Japan relationship in K-12 and higher education
CULCON Pamela Fields | Deputy Secretary-General
HIGHER EDUCATION PANEL 1
Discussion of how universities conceptualize global engagement for students on and off campus and how
relationships between partner institutions can be strengthened to promote enhanced student exchange
Moderator Rosie Edmond | Regional Director, Northeast Asia & The Pacific, EducationUSA
University of Tokyo Dr. Yujin Yaguchi | Director | Globalization Office
Joetsu University of Education Dr. Toko Igarashi
University of Iowa Dr. Kendall Heitzman | Center for Asian & Pacific Studies
K–12 PANEL 1
Identify the key elements of excellent curricula/programs that promote cultural appreciation and facilitate
collaborative learning, in addition to outlining how technology can be used as an effective tool for international
education and language study in classrooms
Moderator John Martyn | Co-CEO/Co-Founder, Language Cloud
CultureALL Sherry Gupta | Executive Director
JEARN Yoko Tagaki | Founder
Kizuna Across Cultures Noritaka Takezawa | Japan Director
The Laurasian Institution Yume Hidaka | Program Director
9 – 9:15
9:15 – 9:30
9:30 – 10:00
10:15 – 12:15
10:15 – 12:15
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
LUNCH & PRESENTATION
Overview of the mission and value-added offerings of the J-Center in the American Midwest and examples
of how organizations in the region are contributing to the vibrant Japanese-American community
J-Center at the USCCD Matt Clark | Program Director
Tohoku Tomo Movie Trailer Wesley Julian | JETAA Chicago
HIGHER EDUCATION PANEL 2
Midwestern universities and consortia outline their interest in virtual collaboration and explore
how online platforms might provide common ground for new cooperation between universities in the
American Midwest looking to expand offerings related to Japan
Moderator Rosie Edmond | Regional Director, Northeast Asia & The Pacific, EducationUSA
International Student Conferences, Inc. Yuuki Shinomiya | Executive Director
Japan Center for Michigan Universities Marilyn Schlief | Director, English Language Programs
University of Iowa Dr. Kendall Heitzman | Center for Asian & Pacific Studies
Waseda University Dr. Michiko Nakano | Director, Distance Learning Center
K–12 PANEL 2
Explore how existing networks within the American Midwest can be leveraged to engage
groups and individuals to contribute content that will be delivered to Japanese classrooms through
educators dedicated to innovative global learning
Moderator Maurice Rabb | Teach for All, Director of Partner Engagement
AJET National Council Kay Makishi | Chair
JET Alumni Association of Chicago Wesley Julian | President
National Association of Japan-America Societies Peter Kelley | President
Teach for Japan Yusuke Matsuda | CEO
SPECIAL PRESENTATION
Daisuke Ogata, a Takushoku University student and former Kizuna Project participant shares his
experiences in the United States, what he learned from his time abroad, and his perspective of the
U.S.-Japan citizen diplomacy relationship
FINAL WORK SESSION
The K-12 and Higher Education working groups finalize their discussions and put thoughts on paper to
outline recommendations and future action steps
CLOSING REVIEW PANEL
Summary of initial findings from the K-12 and Higher Education working groups during the conference
and a brief outline of the potential proposals the working groups suggest the J-Center pursue
PUBLIC-PRIVATE-NPO PARTNERSHIPS PANEL
Discussion of effective models and best practices for innovative ways to unite efforts in the government,
corporate, and non-profit sectors
U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy Diane Rasmussen | Director
U.S. Embassy Tokyo Mark Davidson | Deputy Chief of Mission
TOMODACHI Initiative Alexia D’Arco | Program Development Consultant
CLOSING REMARKS Peter Kelley | NAJAS President and J-Center Advisory Council Member
CLOSING THANK YOU Matt Clark | USCCD J-Center Director
12:30 – 2:00
2:15 – 4:15
2:15 – 4:15
9:00 – 9:20
9:20 – 10:20
10:20 – 10:50
10:50 –11:40
11:40–11:55
11:55–12:00
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
U.S. CENTER FOR CITIZEN DIPLOMACY
A DIVISION OF PYXERA GLOBAL
699 WALNUT STREET, SUITE 400 | DES MOINES, IOWA 50309 U.S.A. |
TEL 202.872.0933 | WWW.USCENTERFORCITIZENDIPLOMACY.ORG
PRESENTED BY FUNDED BY
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI OMAHA, NEBRASKA

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