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J-CENTER REPORT J-CONFERENCE Fostering Japanese Culture in the American Midwest SEPTEMBER 10 & 11, 2012

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J-CENTER REPORT J-CONFERENCE Fostering Japanese Culture in the American Midwest SEPTEMBER 10 & 11, 2012 DRAKE

J-CONFERENCE

Fostering Japanese Culture in the American Midwest

SEPTEMBER 10 & 11, 2012 DRAKE UNIVERSITY | DES MOINES, IOWA

PRESENTED BY

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U.S. CENTER FOR CITIZEN DIPL

A DIVISION OF CDC DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS

| DES MOINES, IOWA PRESENTED BY FUNDED BY U.S. CENTER FOR CITIZEN DIPL A DIVISION OF

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| DES MOINES, IOWA PRESENTED BY FUNDED BY U.S. CENTER FOR CITIZEN DIPL A DIVISION OF
J-Center Conference Report Drake University Des Moines, Iowa September 10 & 11, 2012

J-Center Conference Report

Drake University Des Moines, Iowa

September 10 & 11, 2012

J-Center Conference Report Drake University Des Moines, Iowa September 10 & 11, 2012
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A note from the J-Center director

Dear!Partners,!Supporters,!Colleagues,!and!Friends,!

Thank!you!to!the!individuals!and!organizations!that!participated!in!our!first!J> Center!

conference!in!September!of!2012.!!It!was!the!thoughtful!leadership!and!years!of!

experience!of!the!conference!speakers,!panelists,!and!participants!that!made!the!event! a!success. !

As!you!know,!the!J> Center!is!a!Japan!Foundation!Center!for!Global!Partnership!(CGP)! grant!funded!program!of!the!U.S.!Center!for!Citizen!Diplomacy!(USCCD).!!!Established!in! March!of!2011,!the!J> Center!serves!the!12!states!of!the!American!Midwest!and!acts!as!a!

clearinghouse!of!more!than!500!organizations,!schools,!universities,!and!community!

groups!that!celebrate!Japanese!culture,!language,!and!the!arts.!!The!J> Center!promotes ! the!great!work!of!existing!organizations,! connects ! individuals!to!opportunities!to! become!involved!in!their!local!communities,!and!convenes ! the!leaders!driving!this! grassroots!work!of!growing!the! bonds!between!Japan ! in!the!Midwest.!!

The!first!J> Center!conference!hosted!at!Drake!University!in!Des!Moines,!Iowa!was!an! opportunity!for!leaders!from!K> 12,!higher!education,!community!based!exchange! programs,!and!culture!and!the!arts!groups!to!come!together!to!discuss!issues!of! common!interest!in!their!work!promoting!the!U.S. > Japan!relationship . !

The!two > day!event!in!Des!Moines!was!also!a!chance!for!leaders!in!the!Midwest!to! network!and!discuss!ways!they!might!collaborate!in!order!to!better!engage!the! communities!they!serve.!!In!a!time!when!budgets!are!tight!and!interest!in!Japan!is!in! competition!with!emerging!world!cultures,!it!is!as!important!as!ever!for!the!leaders! committed!to!strengthening!the!bond!between!Japan!and!the!U.S.!to!share!their! ideas,! resources,!and!time!to!move! the!collective!work!forward. !

Americans!are!attracted!to ! Japan!for!many!reasons.!!The!language,!food,!music,!art,!and! people!of!Japan!all!make!Japanese!culture!a! compelling! one!to!explore. ! ! The!J> Center! makes!it!easier!for!people!in!the!Midwest!to!find!opportunities!to!make!meaningful!!

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connections!to!Japan!in!th ei r!local!communities,!whether!it!is! a ! college!student!in! Minnesota!looking!to!join!a!taiko!drumming!circle,!a!retiree!in!Ohio!interested!in! ikebana!flower!arranging,! or! a!teacher!in!Kansas!hoping!to!find ! ways ! to!connect!her! classroom!to!students!in!Japan . !

In!addition!to!this!role!of!promoter,!connecter,!and!convener,!the!J> Center!also! serves!as! a!champion!of! the!larger! cause!in!which!we!are!all!united.! ! ! The!relationship!between! the!U.S.!and!Japan!is!an!important!model!for!21 st ! Century!cooperation.!!When ! our! students,!teachers,!neighbors,! friends,!and!colleagues! spend!time!and!energy!investing! in!our!special!friendship!with!Japan!and!its!people,!we!are!investing!in!the!next! generation!of!global!peace!and!prosperity. !

In!this!capacity,!J> Center!strives!to!be!a!vehicle!for!more! partnership s ! between!the! people!of!the!United!States!and!Japan!that!result! in!increased!global!collaboration!and! the!d evelopment!of!new!innovations.!!As!a!program!of!the!U.S.!C enter!for!Citizen! Diplomacy,! the!J> Center!is!positioned ! to! inspire!a!new!generation!of!citizen!diplomats!in! the!Mid west!and!across!Japan. ! !

For!so!many!of!us,!this!work!is!a!true!pleasure!that!brings!personal!joy!along!with! professional!satisfaction. !! It!is!an!honor!to!support!all!of!you!in!the!work!you!do!every! day. !

Again,!a!great!many!thanks!to!all!the!people!that!made!the!first!J> Center!conference!a! success.!!Here's!to!more!years!of!continued!progress. !

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Executive Summary

The!following!pages!contain!information!from!each!of!the!four!working!groups!at!the! 2012!USCCD!J > Center! conference:!K> 12,!higher!education,!community!based!exchanges,! and!culture!and!the!arts!groups. !! Each!section!of!the!report!begins!with!a!letter!of! introduction!from!the!leader!that!facilitated!discussions!in!the!working!group. !

Also!included!are!the!bri ef!reports!each!working!group!panelist!prepared!in!advance!of! the!conference.!!The!panelists!outlined!the!programs ! their!organizations!offer!to! participants! in!the!Midwest,!along!with!identifying!the!key!strengths!and!challenges!in! their!field s .!!The!reports!also!include!a!vision!statement!that!articulates!what!the! panelists!would!like!to!see!their!fields ! look!like!in!the!future!and!how!their!work!will! continue!to!strengthen!the!U.S. > Japan!relationship!in!the!Midwest.!!Finally,!panelists! included!notes!in!their!reports!specifically!about!what!role!the!J> Center!might!play!in! contributing!to!their!work. !

The! discussions!in!each!working!group!were!wide!ranging,!but!a!few!themes!were! identified!as!extremely!important!within!each!group.!!These!are!the!points!that! will! serve!as!the!driving!force!for!the!coming!year!of!work!at!the!J> Center!as!we!determine! which!emerging!needs!we!can!potentially!address!with!new!initiatives.!!These!topics!will! also!help!set!the!agenda!of!the!next!J> Center!conference:!

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! the!need!to!introduce!an!appreciation!for!and!exploration!of!Japanese! culture!to !

students!at!a!very!early!stage!in!order!to!grow!the!study!over!the!course!of!several! academic!years !

> ! the!need!to!leverage!connections!made!from!low> cost!virtual!(online)!exchange!

programs!so!that!classrooms!in!the!Midwest!can!capitalize!on!relationships!with! classrooms!in!Japan !

> ! the!importance!of!presenting!the!U.S. > Japan!relationship!in!a!larger!discussion!of!global! partnerships!and!world!history!

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! long> term!study!abroad!enrollments!between!Japan!and!the!U.S.!are!declining!while! short > term!study!tours/trips!are!increasing,!creating!a!need!to!design!truly! engaging/worthwhile!study!abroad!experiences!that!are!confined!to!an!abbreviated! schedule !

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! the!need!to!create!ways!for!visiting!international!students!to!engage!with!local! communities!beyond!the!college/university!campus!setting!

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! an!acknowledgement!that!the!history!of!relationships! and!networks!exist!between!

Japan!and!the!U.S.!to! address ! the!challenges ! currently!facing!student!exchange! and! to! create!a!new!era!of!renewed!partnership !

Culture!&!The!Arts!

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! the!abundance!of!grassroots!organizations!that!promote!Japanese!culture!in!local!

communities!is!a!unique!feature!of!the!larger!U.S.> Japan!relations hip!and!should!be! promoted/celebrated!as!evidence!of!the!strong!connection!between!countries!

> ! more!thought!should!be!given!to!how!best!to!capture!the!enthusiasm!some!groups!

have!for!one!particular!element!of!Japanese!culture/arts!(such!as!anime)!and!bring! that! interest!into!a!larger!appreciate!of!Japanese!culture/arts!

! local!organizations!that!struggle!with!issues!of!scale!and!sustainability!might!benefit! from!membership!in!regional!or!national!networks!that!provide!access!to!best!practices,! models,!and!access!to!funding!

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! national!programs!need!more!assistance!in!connecting!with!local!participants!in!the!

American!Midwest!

> ! local!organizations!need!more!access!to!grant/funding!opportunities!

> ! all!organizations!(whether!local,!regional,!or!national)!benefit!from!general!campaigns! that!promote!awareness!and!interest!in!the!cause!of!connecting!with!Japan!through! culture/language/art/exchange!

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K-12 Working Group Summary

Ed!Gragert! Executive!Director,!Emeritus,!iEARN> USA! Director,!Glo bal!Campaign!for!Education > US !

Ever!since!I!was!a!high!school!exchange!student!for!a!year!in!Asia!when!I!was!17,!I!have!

envisioned!a!world!in!which!all!young!people!have!the!chance!to!interact!in!person!through!such! cultural!exchanges.!!After!my!year!I!emb arked!in!a!university!path!in!Japanese!political!science! that!eventually!led!to!a!PhD!in!Japanese!and!Korean!history.!!!Along!the!way,!I!spent! 11 ! years!as! the!Executive!Director!of!the!exchange!program!that!sent!me!to!Asia,!providing!similar! experiences!ar ound!the!world!for!thousands!of!other!high!school!students!and!community! service!volunteers. !

During!that!tenure,!I!came!to!realize!how!privileged!and!fortunate!I!was,!like!the!other!lucky! individuals!who!participated!in!such!exchange!programs.!I!also!beca me!aware!of!the!obstacles! that!face!many!others,!preventing!them!from!gaining!the!benefits!that!a!cross > cultural! immersion!experience!provides.!!!!The!incompatible!school!year!calendars,!high!cost!of!travel,! and!difficulty!of!language!are!just!a!few!of!the ! obstacles.!!The!number!of!U . S . ! high!school! students!going!abroad!has!always!been!low.!!The!Council!on!Standards!for!International! Educational!Travel!report!annual!statistics!on!both!the!number!of!US!students!going!abroad!for! a!semester!or!a!full!academic! year,!as!well!as!the!number!of!high!school!students!from!abroad! who!are!hosted!in!U . S . ! homes.!!!In!2012,!of!the!20!million!high!school!students!in!the!U . S . ,!a!

mere!1,400!went!abroad!for!a!semester!or!year,!which!roughly!calculates!to!.007%!of!all!high!

scho ol!students.!!Moreover,!in!recent!years,!the!number!has!been!dropping.!!Similarly,!the! number!of!U . S . ! students!going!to!Japan!has!been!dropping!rapidly.!!!!Although!Japan!ranks!#5!in! receiving!U . S . ! high!school!exchange!students,!the!total!going!for!a!semes ter!or!year!in!Japan!was! a!mere!62!students!in!2012.!!This!number!has!dropped!significantly!between!2003!and!2012.! !

Equally!troubling!is!the!drop!in!the!number!of!U . S . ! schools!teaching!Japanese.!!The!Japan! Foundation!2006!survey!of!foreign > language!learne rs!found!3,217!teachers!teaching!Japanese!to!

117,969!students!at!1,092!different!institutions,!a!decrease!of!16%!in!the!number!of!students!

since!the!2005!survey,!a!year!earlier. !

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We!do!not!whether!these!are!short!or!long > term!trends,!but!they!are!being!r eplicated!with!most! other!languages!as!well.!!So,!the!question!for!me!is,!in!light!of!these!trends,!how!can!our! students!and!teachers!of!our!two!countries!enhance!their!knowledge!of!and!interaction!with! each!other.!!!I!see!two!main!areas!on!which!to!concen trate!efforts: !

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1) ! More!effectively!integrate!the!learning!gained!by!U . S . ! teachers!who!physically!travel!to!Japan! into!long > term!curriculum!applications.!!Undoubtedly,!the!experience!is!transformational!for!the! teachers,!but!we!need!to!better!ensure!that!t eacher!exchange!visits!result!in!sustained!impact! on!their!students.!!These!teachers!who!have!had!direct,!professional!and!personal!experiences! in!Japan!must!stay!engaged!and!involve!their!students!in!learning!with!and!about!Japan.!From! my!experience,!this ! can!be!done!through!building!this!expectation!from!the!outset!and!by! enabling!these!teachers!to!intensively!interact!with!peers!on!classroom!activities!that!meet! curriculum!objectives,!are!mapped!to!the!Common!Core!State!Standards!and!CCSSO/Asia! Society!m atrix!on!global!competency!and!that!will!be!implemented!upon!return!to!home! countries.!!!Similarly,!organizations!that!sponsor!teacher!exchanges!should!identify!platforms!for! continued!and!long > term!interaction!by!the!exchange!participants,!even!reaching!b ack!to!re > engage!with!those!who!have!been!in!Japan!over!the!past!5 > 10!years. !

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2)!Expand!meaningful!and!structured!online!educational!interaction!between!classes!in!the!two!

countries,!from!the!earliest!ages,!to!start!the!process!of!building!within!U . S . ! stud ents!both!a! curiosity!about!and!awareness!of!Japanese!culture,!student!life,!politics,!etc.!!The!teachers!to! target!for!these!online!activities!are!precisely!the!ones!who!have!had!a!teacher!exchange!visit!to! Japan.!!In!addition!to!embedding!Japan!within!di fferent!parts!of!the!curriculum,!the!number!of!

U . S . ! students!exposed!to!Japan!will!be!dramatically!increased — beyond!the!numbers!able!to!

physically!travel!and!interact.!!Experience!also!suggests!that!this!most!easily!starts!at!the! elementary!school!level!wh en!teachers!have!students!for!longer!periods!of!the!day!and!can! integrate!Japan!into!a!variety!of!curricular!areas — not!being!limited!to!45 > minute!periods.!!! !

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Another!observation!has!been!that!after!school!programs!are!sometimes!more!effective!venues!

f or!engagement!with!Japan — a!time!when!teachers!are!not!confronted!with!the!demands!of!

high!stakes!testing,!curriculum!requirements!and!pressures!of!student!performance!as!a!teacher! evaluation!measurement. !

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One!other!possible!area!of!future!expansion!of!high ! school!exchanges!is!to!partner!with!entities!
from!other!East!Asian!countries!to!engage!in!multi > country!exchanges!and!dialogues.!!A!three >
way!program!linking!students!in!Japan,!Korea!and!the!U . S . ! may,!in!fact,!increase!the!appeal!(and!
pool!of!possible!par ticipants)!of!both!physical!and!online!high!school!interactions. !
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the!importance!and!value!of!direct!student!and!teacher!engagement!(both!physical!and!online)!
in!build ing!a!citizenry!on!both!sides!of!the!Pacific!that!is!aware!of!and!knowledgeable!about!each!
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J-Conference Panelist Reports: K-12

College&Board & Dan!Carolin ! Co > chair!AP!Japanese!Language!and!Culture!Exam!Development!Committee!

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The!College!Board!was!founded!in!1900!to ! expand!access!to!higher!education!and!today! provides!high!school!students!the!opportunity!to!earn!college!credit!while!still!enrolled!in!high! school!through!34!AP!exams.! ! The!AP!Exam!in!Japanese!Language!and!Cultu re!began!in!2007.!!! Approximately!2,000!students!take!the!exam!each!year. !

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The!College!Board!seeks!to!ensure!that!every!student!in!the!United!States!has!access!to!a!high > quality!education!and!is!prepared!to!succeed!in!college.!Our!College!Read iness!initiatives! promote!curricula,!assessment!tools,!and!guidance!resources!that!help!K > 12!students!prepare! for!the!academic!rigors!of!higher!education.!! !

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We!promote!excellence!and!equity!in!education!through!programs!for!K – 12!and!higher! educ ation!institutions,!and!by!providing!students!a!path!to!college!opportunities,!including! financial!support!and!scholarships.!We!also!serve!the!education!community!through!research! and!advocacy!on!behalf!of!students,!educators,!schools!and!colleges. !

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The!AP!Japanese!Language!and!Culture!Development!Committee!is!advocating!for!increased! opportunities!for!interested!students!to!enroll!in!AP!Japanese!courses!and!to!succeed!on!the! exam.!!To!this!end!we!need!more!teachers!and!administrators!to!underst and!the!benefits!of!AP! courses.!!Additionally,!we!would!like!to!see!greater!articulation!between!high!school!and! college/university!level!educators!in!an!effort!to!increase!awareness!about!AP!and!the!level!of! proficiency!required!to!succeed!on!the!exam. !

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Through!articulation!initiatives!and!the!promotion!of!professional!training!best!practices,!we! would!like!to!see!a!significant!increase!in!the!number!of!students!with!the!linguistic!skills!and! competence!needed!to!be!successful!in!AP!level!courses!i n!Japanese.!! !

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Role&of&the&J; Center: &

By!supporting!opportunities!for!Japanese!language!and!culture!educators!across!the!Midwest!to! meet!and!work!collaboratively,!th e!J > Center!can!enhance!growth!in!Japanese!studies.!!Given! these!opportunities,!teachers!will ! be!able!to!forge!improved!practices!in!the!classroom!leading! to!enhanced!levels!of!student!success. !

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J-Conference Panelist Reports: K-12 !

Primary&Source & Dr.!Deborah!Cunningham!! Senior!Program!Director !

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Overview: &

Primary!Source!is!a!nonprofit!organization ! that!educates!K > 12!teachers!about!world!histories,!

diverse!cultures,!and!global!issues.!Since!our!founding!in!1989,!we!have!worked!with!over!

17,000!teachers,!who!in!turn!have!reached!over!1.5!million!students.!In!2011,!educators!in!our!

professional!develo pment!programs!gained!knowledge!and!resources!on!55!countries!around! the!world.!In!addition,!Primary!Source!also!educates!teachers!about!diverse!cultures!within!the! United!States!and!shares!strategies!for!teaching!U.S.!history!in!a!global!context.!Our!work! prepares!students!for!a!global!economy!and!society!by!helping!teachers!to!instill!critical!thinking! skills!and!a!flexible,!global!mindset. !

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Through!in > depth!courses,!teaching!materials,!and!international!study!tours,!we!help!educators! gain!th e!knowledge!and!tools!they!need!to!prepare!students!to!thrive!in!today’s!interconnected! world.!Our!professional!development!courses!for!educators!feature!leading!scholars!who! provide!high > level!content!knowledge,!expert!teachers!who!connect!content!to!prac tical! classroom!activities,!and!comprehensive!resources!that!support!student!engagement!and! learning.!In!the!2012 > 2013!school!year,!we!will!offer!3 > day!seminars,!1 > day!workshops,!a!book! group,!an!afternoon!discussion!series,!10 > ! and!4 > week!online!courses,! 1 > hour!webinars,!and!two! international!study!tours.!We!will!also!offer!several!in > depth!institutes!in!summer!2013,! including!a!3 > week!institute!to!take!place!in!Turkey.! !

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For!23!years,!Primary!Source!has!provided!innovative!professional!developm ent!programs!that! marry!rich!content!in!global!studies!with!innovative!and!thought > provoking!pedagogical!models.!! While!much!of!our!work!has!been!conducted!through!sustained!partnerships!with!school! districts!over!time,!in!the!past!three!years!we!have!begu n!to!reach!a!national!audience!of! educators!through!credit > providing!online!courses!designed!specifically!for!K > 12!teachers,!as! well!as!webinars!focusing!upon!both!academic!content!and!teaching!strategies.!Curricular!and! bibliographic!resources!on!our!webs ite!are!accessed!by!over!37,000!teachers!annually!and!we! regularly!partner!with!globally!oriented!institutions!such!as!the!Asia!Society!and!IREX!to!reach! broader!networks!through!collaboratively > developed!offerings.!Our!courses!abroad!and!study > travel!oppo rtunities!transform!teachers’!understandings! – ! and!then!their!teaching! >> ! about! places!they!likely!would!not!experience!otherwise. !

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For!a!relatively!small!nonprofit!organization!that!primarily!worked!in!New!England!for!many! years,!publici zing!our!offerings!and!resources!around!the!U.S.!is!a!major!challenge.!Fundraising! in!a!restricted!grants!climate!and!weak!economy!is!also!difficult.!!At!present,!many!educational! foundations!focus!their!giving!on!universities!and!on!K > 12!basic!skills!like ! literacy!and!numeracy,! not!on!global!studies.!So!identifying!foundations!that!share!our!vision!is!important!and! challenging.!Many!schools!have!tiny!or!even!no!budgets!for!teachers’!professional!development,! so!that!poses!barriers!to!supporting!teachers!in ! globalizing!their!curricula.!With!funding!for! education!dropping!at!the!federal,!state,!and!local!levels,!we!worry!that!schools!will!continue!to! cut!back!on!professional!development,!libraries,!travel!opportunities,!and!other!offerings!that! expose!their!t eachers!and!students!to!the!world. !

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At!Primary!Source,!we!would!like!to!see!content!on!Japan!integrated!into!the!curriculum! throughout!the!primary!and!secondary!years.!!There!are!clear!opportunities!to!introduce!Japan! in!social!studies!courses!(wor ld!history!and!U.S.!history)!or!world!language!and!East!Asian! Studies!programs,!but!also!many!ways!Japan!can!be!integrated!into!themes!addressed!in!the!

elementary!grades,!and!in!topics!such!as!science,!art,!and!political!science.!!It!is!partly!a!question!

o f!shifting!teachers’!level!of!knowledge!and!confidence!in!teaching!about!Japan!so!that!they!

look!for!opportunities!to!integrate!units!or!small!case!studies!involving!Japan!where!it!is! appropriate!for!them.!Ideally,!teachers!who!would!not!have!the!means!to! travel!to!Japan!on! their!own!would!have!opportunities!for!subsidized!study > travel!to!Japan,!and!could!then!share! their!learning,!resources,!and!connections!with!Japanese!educators!with!their!schools!and! colleagues.!!At!a!minimum,!we!would!like!to!see!stude nts!encountering!significant!content! about!Japan!at!least!three!times!in!their!K > 12!education,!and!have!at!least!one!significant! interaction/conversation!with!students!in!or!from!Japan. !

Role&of&the&J; Center: &

The!J > Center!can!play!(and!has!played!)!an!impo rtant!role!by!featuring!our!online!resources! – ! courses,!webinars,!and!curricula! – ! on!its!website!so!that!educators!in!the!Midwestern!states! know!about!our!offerings.!!If!the!J > Center!were!to!organize!a!cohort!of!educators!from!a! particular!Midwestern!schoo l!district! – ! or!consortium!of!districts! – ! to!take!our!new!online!Japan! course,!that!would!also!be!a!great!help.!!Anything!the!J > Center!can!do!to!assist!teachers!in! accessing!our!resources!is!most!appreciated. !

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J-Conference Panelist Reports: K-12

Stanford&Program&on&International&and⨯ Cultural&Education&(SPICE) & Naomi!Funahashi ! Manager,!Reischauer!Scholars!Program!and!Teacher!Professional!Development!

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Overview: &

The!Stanford!Program!on!International!and!Cross > Cultural!Education!(SPICE)!serves!as!a!brid ge! between!Stanford!University!and!K – 14!schools!by!developing!multidisciplinary!curriculum!

materials!on!international!themes.!Since!1976,!SPICE!has!supported!efforts!to!internationalize!

elementary!and!secondary!school!curricula!by!linking!the!research!and! teaching!at!Stanford! University!to!the!schools!through!the!production!of!high > quality!curriculum!materials!on! international!and!cross > cultural!topics.!SPICE!also!offers!the!Reischauer!Scholars!Program!(RSP),! an!intensive!online!course!on!Japan!and!U.S. – Jap an!relations!for!high!school!students!in!the! United!States.! !

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SPICE!works!primarily!in!three!areas:!developing!K – 14!curriculum!materials,!offering!teacher! professional!development,!and!distance!learning!for!high!school!students.!SPICE!offers!r egular! teacher!professional!development!seminars!on!East!Asia!for!middle!school!and!high!school! teachers!in!Bay!Area!that!combine!content!expertise!and!curricular!demonstrations.!These! seminars!are!offered!in!collaboration!with!the!National!Consortium!for! Teaching!about!Asia! (NCTA).!SPICE!also!demonstrates!curricular!resources!at!one > time!teacher!professional! development!opportunities,!both!at!Stanford!and!at!teacher!conferences!in!the!United!States! and!abroad.!The!Reischauer!Scholars!Program!(RSP),!an!onli ne!course!on!Japan!and!U.S. – Japan! relations!that!SPICE!offers!to!high!school!students!in!the!United!States,!is!offered!annually!from! February!to!June. !

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SPICE!has!a!nearly!40 > year!history!of!developing!curricula!on!international!topics.!Since!its ! inception,!SPICE!has!been!mindful!of!presenting!multiple!perspectives!and!developing!lessons! and!activities!that!enhance!critical!thinking!and!decision > making!skills!in!subject!areas!such!as! history,!geography,!economics,!political!science,!international!security,!and!the!environment.! SPICE's!interdisciplinary!approach!draws!upon!simulations!and!role > plays,!debates,!readers'! theaters,!lessons!involving!the!visual!and!performing!arts,!journal!writing!exercises,!and! cooperative!group!activities.! !

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The!SPICE!staff!has!always!believed!that!more!must!be!done!to!prepare!young!students!for!an! increasingly!interdependent!world.!“Teaching!to!the!test”!can!have!the!unintended! consequence!of!narrowing!the!curriculum — that!is,!limiting!the!study!of!subjects! like!history,! social!studies,!and!foreign!languages,!subjects!that!are!important!for!enhancing!U.S. – Japan! relations.! !

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First,!SPICE!would!like!to!engage!Japanese!high!school!students!in!the!study!of!the!United!States! and!U.S. – Japan!relations,!an d!invite!Japanese!high!school!students!to!Stanford!University!to! meet!with!American!students!enrolled!in!the!Reischauer!Scholars!Program,!an!online!course!on! Japan!and!U.S. – Japan!relations.! !

Second,!SPICE!would!like!to!invite!a!cadre!of!Japanese!high!scho ol!teachers!to!a!conference!on! U.S. – Japan!relations!at!Stanford!University!to!engage!in!dialog!with!American!teachers.!The! main!purpose!of!the!conference!would!be!to!discuss!the!teaching!of!controversial!topics!like!the! Japanese!attack!on!Pearl!Harbor,!the ! atomic!bombings!of!Japan,!and!U.S.!troops!in!Japan.! !

Role&of&the&J; Center: &

The!J > Center!can!help!to!support!SPICE!in!several!ways.!SPICE!has!been!working!to!encourage! more!students!in!the!Midwest!to!apply!to!the!RSP!for!many!years.!The!J > Center’s!network ! of! Japan > related!organizations!could!certainly!help!to!promote!this!unique!opportunity!to!students! in!this!region.! !

In!addition,!the!J > Center!can!help!to!announce!SPICE’s!Japan > focused!projects.!For!example,!i n! August!2012,!ASAHI!Net,!Inc.!(Tokyo,!Japan) — the!developer!of!manaba — and!SPICE!launched! the!SPICE > manaba!project,!which!offers!an!online!curriculum!called!“Interpretive!History!of! Japan! – ! Paradoxes!in!a!Nation’s!History.”! !

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J-Conference Panelist Reports: K-12

Des&Moines&Public&Schools & & Dr.!Sachik o!Murphy ! Instructor,!Japanese!Program !

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Overview: &

Des!Moines!Public!Schools!is!the!largest!school!district!in!Iowa!with!35,000!students!enrolled.!!

The!Japanese!program!started!in!1984!with!a!small!group!of!students,!who!were!taught!by!an!

exchange!teacher!fr om! the!Des!Moines ! sister!city,!Kofu,!Japan.!Since!then!the!program!has! developed!into!a!4 > year!program!that!also!offers!credits!from!Des!Moines!Area!Community! College.!!The!program!provides!educational!opportunities!to!learn!Japanese!and!its!culture!for! al l!the!area!high!school!students!and!students!from!surrounding!schools.!!Currently!about!140! students!are!enrolled!in!the!program.!! !

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Des,Moines / Kofu,elementary/middle,school,student,exchange , Started!in!1983,!Des!Moines!Public!Schools!have!been ! exchanging!elementary!and!middle!school!

students!with!Kofu!Board!of!Education!every!year!for!29!years.!!With!about!20!to!30!students!

and!4!chaperons!visiting!each!year,!the!number!of!American!and!Japanese!students!and!

teachers!who!visited!each!other!amoun ts!to!as!many!as!1,500.!!The!total!number!of!people!who! have!been!touched!by!these!exchanges!are!much!larger!if!host!families!and!friends!they!made!in! classrooms!and!communities!are!included.!! !

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Kofu!Board!o f!Education!invites!3!to!5!Des!Moines!teachers!each! year!to!teach!English!in!middle !
schools!in!Kofu!for!a!year!to!two!years.!!Des!Moines!Public!Schools!has!been!a!partner!of!this!
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Started!in!1999!with! Koma!High!School!in!Yamanashi!and!Yamanashi!Gakuin!High!School!in!Kofu,!
the! high!school!student!exchange!program!at!Des!Moines!Public!Schools!has! continued ! for! 12!
years.!!American!students!travel!to!Kofu!in!summer,!and!Japanese!students!come!to!Des!Moines!
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Iowa!Sister!States!and!Greater!Des!Moines!Sister!City!Commission!have!both!promoted!and!
helped!various!kinds!of!exchanges!between!two!state/prefecture.!!!Having!been!a!volunteer!for!
both!organization,!and!traveling!regul arly!to!Kofu!with!students,!I!have!been!able!to!help!bring!
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Having!done!trips!with!students!so!many!years,!I!am!concerned!about!the!global!spread!of ! epidemics!and!country’s!differ ent!ways!of!dealing!with!them.!These!incidents!can!greatly!impact! the!success!of!exchange!trips/visits. ! !

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It!will!be!ideal!if!more!Japanese!English!teachers!have!opportunities!to!come!to!Iowa!and!learn! American!instru ctional!methodologies!while!improving!their!English,!then!go!home!and!help! Japanese!students!acquire!English.!!That!way!more!students!than! the! selected!few!who!can! afford!to!travel!will!be!able!to!achieve!higher!levels!in! English.!!Although!it!is!still!in ! formulation! stage,!discussion!between!Yamanashi!Board!of!Education!and!Des!Moines!Public!School!has! started!toward! that ! goal.!! !

Role&of&the&J; Center: &

Creating!networking!that!enable s!us!to!connect!with!each!other !

Sharing!best!practices!and!success!stories ! from! which!we!can!learn !

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J-Conference Panelist Reports: K-12

JEARN&(iEARN&JAPAN)& Yoko!Takagi ! Founder !

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iEARN > Japan!(JEARN) ! started!in!1998!in!collaboration!with!Teleclass!International!Japan.!We!promote !

Global!Education!in!Japan!using!technology!today.!!In!2001,!JEARN!(Japan!Education!and!Resource!

Network!)!was!founded!as!the!Center!of!iEARN > Japan!and!in!2003!was!legally!recognized!by!the!Japanese! government!as!a!Non > Profit!Organization!(NPO).!It!hosted! the! 10th!iEARN!Conference!and!the!7th!Youth! Summit ! at!Awaji!Yumebutai!International!Conference!Hall!in!July!2003.!It!also!hosted!the!first! Natural! Disaster!Youth!Summit!(NDYS) ! in!Hyogo!in!2005.!Almost!every!year!since!then,!it!hosts!international! gatherings!for!teachers!and!students!and!attends!!“iEARN!Conference!and!Youth!Summit”!every!year.!Our! goal!is!"All!Japanese!children!write!a nd!talk!on!iEARN!Collaboration!Center!and!communicate!with!friends! throughout!the!world!from!their!classrooms." &

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We!conduct!the!following!programs!on!a!regular!basis!and!invite!the!community!to!join : & The&Teddy&Bear&Project& ! NDYS&(Natural&Disas ter&Youth&Summit)& ! http://ndys.jearn.jp/eng.html ! NEGAI&Connection !! http://www.jearn.jp/2003conference/negai/index.html ! Origami&Project&&& & Pen& Friend&Club !!! http://www.pfc.post.japanpost.jp/english/index.html ! Taisho&koto&Project !!! http://taishokoto.jearn.jp/profile1.html ! Hi roshima&for&Peace !!! http://www.hiroshima > today.com/ ! The!following ! are!one > time!event s : !

V ideo&conferences !!! two!sites!or!multi!sites! !

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Providing!a!new!channel!of! innova tive! education,! instead!of!the ! traditional ! Japanese ! teaching! skills! that ! are ! often! designed! to! only!increase!test!scores .! & To!implement!our!programs!in!local!schools,!we!have! three!strategies!to!make!new! inroads ! in! the! present!education ! system: & Grow!1 , 000!global!education!coordinators!in!Japan ! Take!100!chairs!of!BOE s!(Boards!of!Education) ! to!iEARN!conference Change!the!subject!name!from!“The!period!of!integrated!study”!to! !!!!! “The!period!of!integrated!global!Co > Learning”!and!authorize!the!ti me!and! ! !!!!! place!for!global!education!in!curriculums. !

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It!is!difficult!to!reform!the!policies!of!schools,!BOE s,!and ! MEXT. &

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Struggle s ! with!financial!problem s ! as ! an!NPO !

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More!projects!will!be!developed!for!co > learning!from!teachers!and!students!of!U . S . ! and!Japan! over!the!difference!of!time!and!geographical!locations ,!which!will!create!new!channel!of! education!with!powerful!teachers’!human!networks. & When!school!children!touch! the! wider!world!and! make ! friends!through!co > learning,!the!rate!of!

bullying!and! student!suicide ! will! decrease ! in!Japan.

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Yo ur!continuous!knocking! on! door s ! at!schools,!at!B

OEs,!and!at!MEXT!to!invite!them! to!various!

co > learning!projects!from!outside!Japan!will!be!more!effective!for!them!to!listen!to,!rather!than! from! a!voice! inside! Japan ! such!as!JEARN. &

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J-Conference Panelist Reports: K-12

National&Consortium&for&Teaching&about&Asia&; & NCTA& & Linda!S.!Wojtan ! NCTA!National!Visibility!Coordinator!

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The!National!Consortium!for!Teaching!about!Asia!(NCTA),!funded!by!the!Freeman!Foundation! and!launched!in!1998,!is!a!nationwid e!initiative!to!encourage!and!facilitate!teaching!and!learning! about!East!Asia!in!the!K > 12!curriculum.!NCTA!is!a!premier!provider!of!professional!development! on!East!Asia,!positioning!its!participants!to!provide!leadership!in!the!field.!Now!in!its!fifteent h!

year,!NCTA!continues!to!offer!seminars!on!East!Asia!for!an!average!of!1,000!teachers!per!year!

across!the!country.! !

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The!benefits!of!the!NCTA!program!to!seminar!participants!are!many.!!Most!seminar!sites!offer! course!or!recertification!credit ! and!all!sites!offer!quality!instruction!about!East!Asia!from!leading! experts!in!the!field.!Seminars!are!offered!in!a!face > to > face!setting,!online,!or!in!a!blended!format! (face > to > face!and!digital!combined).!Participants!receive!an!excellent!selection!of!b ackground! materials!on!Asia!for!their!personal!library.!NCTA!targets!teachers!of!world!history,!world! geography,!other!social!studies!courses,!and!language!arts/world!literature!as!the!primary! audience!of!its!programs.!Teachers!of!Asian!languages,!media!sp ecialists,!librarians,!and!art! teachers!who!play!a!key!role!in!teaching!Asian!studies!content!also!are!eligible!for!NCTA! programs.!NCTA!seeks!to!develop!a!community!of!educators!interested!in!East!Asian!studies!and! a!forum!for!collegial!discussion!of!issue s!relevant!to!the!teaching!of!East!Asia.! ! There!is!no!charge!for!the!seminars,!and!many!seminar!sites!offer!additional!enrichment! opportunities!following!seminar!completion.!Enrichment!opportunities!include!workshops!on! special!topics,!field!trips!to!museu ms!and!cultural!events,!summer!institutes,!and!study!tour! opportunities.!In!addition,!no > cost!webinars,!on!a!wide!variety!of!topics,!are!offered!to!a! national!audience.!Educators!interested!in!participating!in!NCTA!seminars!are!e ncouraged!to! visit!the!NCTA ! web site:! www.NCTAsia.org ! which!provides!detailed!information!about!NCTA! activities!in!each!state.!The!web!site!also!provides!excellent!links!to!resources!for!teaching!about! Asia,!and!more.! !

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NCTA!benefits! from!the!combined!consortium!expertise!of!the!seven!national!coordinating!sites:! Columbia!University,!Five!College!Center!for!East!Asian!Studies!at!Smith!College,!Indiana! University,!University!of!Colorado,!University!of!Pittsburgh,!University!of!Washingto n,!and! University!of!Southern!California.!NCTA!also!partners!with!a!variety!of!institutions:!Furman! University,!Maine!Council!of!World!Affairs,!Michigan!State!University,!Ohio!State!University,! Princeton!University,!Rice!University,!Stanford!University,!Tr inity!University,!University!of! Arkansas,!University!of!Florida,!University!of!Georgia,!University!of!Iowa,!University!of!Kansas,! University!of!Kentucky,!University!of!Mississippi,!University!of!North!Carolina,!University!of! North!Texas,!University!of!Okla homa,!and!University!of!Tennessee. !

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NCTA!staff,!seminar!leaders!and!alumni!continue!to!contribute!to!the!field!of!K > 12!East!Asian! studies!through!excellence!in!classroom!teaching,!workshop!presentations,!curriculum! development!and!professional!developme nt!presentations.!Many!actively!contribute!to! Education,about,Asia ,!a!publication!of!the!Association!for!Asian!Studies!(AAS)!designed!to! enhance!teaching!about!East!Asia.!Their!excellence!has!been!recognized!through!numerous! local,!state,!and!national!awar ds!including!the!Elgin!Heinz!Outstanding!Teacher!Award!of!the! United!States! – ! Japan!Foundation!(USJF)!and!the!Franklin!R.!Buchanan!Prize!offered!by!AAS. !

Curricular!expertise!is!shared!in!a!variety!of!ways,!with!recent!examples!being!the!NCTA!Summer!

Instit ute!2012!offerings:! 21

st , Century,Japan:,Global,Issues,,Classroom,Applications ,!hosted!by!the!

University!of!Colorado!and! Teaching,East,Asian,Literature,in,the,High,School ,!hosted!by!Indiana! University.!Additional!venues!for!curricular!dissemination!include! websites!such!as!Columbia! University’s!Asia!for!Educators! > ! http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/,!and!the!University!of!Colorado! Program!for!Teaching!East!Asia’s!online!access!( www.colorado.edu/cas/tea/ ! )!to!teach er > developed!and!tested!curriculum!projects:! Imaging,Japanese,History ,! Texts,and,Contexts:, Teaching,Japan,through,Children’s ! Literature ,!and! Visualizing,Japan,in,Modern,World,History . !

NCTA!collaborates!with!major!national!professional!organizations,!espec ially!focusing!on!the! National!Council!for!the!Social!Studies!(NCSS). !

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Increasingly,!funding!continues!to!be!a!challenge!as!NCTA!seeks!leverage!and!expanded! programming!through!grants!from!funding!sources!in!addition!to!the!Freeman!Foundation.! ! Dissemination!and!visibility!issues!linger!as!NCTA!perfects!its!publicity!strategy.!An!expanded! online!visibility!is!being!pursued!through!electronic!advertising,!a!robust!website,!and!a!vibrant! Facebook!presence.! !

NCTA!alums!continue!to!be!a!rich!resour ce,!although!sustainability!remains!an!issue.!As! mentioned,!an!array!of!enrichment!efforts!attempt!to!address!this!issue.!Of!particular!note!are! webinars,!hosted!by!several!sites,!especially!the!excellent!offerings!of!the!Five!College!Center!for! East!Asian ! Studies:! www.smith.edu/fcceas/ncta .!Also,!the!U . S . ! public’s!somewhat!diminished! interest!in!Japan,!and!tepid!interest!in!Korea,!paired!with!an!increasing,!worldwide!curiosity! about!China!present!a!content!b alance!challenge.! !

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NCTA’s!founding!vision!focused!on!U . S . ! students!engaged!in!an!energetic!study!of!East!Asia! through!the!efforts!of!educators!who!had!successfully!completed!NCTA!seminars.!Ideally!and! idealistically,!the!vision!aimed!to!include!al l!U . S .!students. !! !

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Stephen!Nussbaum! Director!of!Student!International!Academic!Affairs ! &!Study!Ab road!Office! University!of!Illinois!

Let!me!briefly!introduce!myself.!!I!have!been!fortunate!to!have!served!in!positions!of!leadership! in!the!development!of!international!education!at!Earlham!College,!Waseda!University,!and!the! University!of!Illinois.!!I!ha ve!also!worked!with!many!consortia!in!the!United!States!and!Asia , ! several!of!which!are!focused!in!the!American!Midwest.!! !

Throughout!my!career!I!have!been!deeply!interested!in!liberal!education!and!have!understood! that!to!mean!education!to!support!the!deve lopment!of!broadly!educated,!thoughtful!citizens! – ! citizens!who!are!engaged!with!the!worlds!in!which!they!live.!!Such!engagement!certainly! includes!the!world!of!work!and!social!responsibilities.!!It!also!includes!the!world!of!the! imagination!and!the!qualit ies!of!imagination!permitting!us! >> ! our!students!and!our!citizens! >> ! to! grasp!the!world!both!as!it!is!and!as!it!might!be.!!In!recent!years!as!more!and!more!information! has!become!available!to!us,!this!imaginative!grasping!of!the!world!has!become!much!more! complex.!!Today,!more!than!ever,!we!need!citizens!who!not!only!understand!difference,!but! who!can!move!easily,!quickly,!and!effectively!between!distant!cultures.!!Fostering!the! development!of!such!citizens!is,!of!course,!one!of!the!essential!challenges!of!today’s! governments!and!of!our!institutions!of!higher!education.!

Unfortunately,!in!recent!years!we!have!also!seen!a!dramatic!drop!in!the!number!of!Japanese! students!pursuing!degrees!abroad.!!This!is!especially!true!of!those!seeking!degrees!from!U.S.! instit utions.!!We!have!also!witnessed!a!marked!shift!toward!one!to!three!week!programs!among! participants!in!study!abroad!traveling!between!both!countries.!!This!means!we!are!witnessing!a! marked!retreat,!among!our!students!and!universities,!in!substantive!skill > based!engagements! with!each!other.! !

In!response!to!these!trends!and!the!needs!of!our!societies,!we!need!to!develop!new!methods! for!giving!priority,!within!our!institutions!of!higher!education,!to!the!relations!between!the! United!States!and!Japan.!!And!as!p art!of!this,!we!need!to!establish!sustainable!relations!between! many!more!colleges!and!universities!in!these!countries.! !

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We!need!to!work!with!the!leaders!of!institutions!of!higher!education!providing!them,!in!effect,! with!roadmaps!for!advancing!internati onal!education,!not!exclusively!at!the!level!of!educating! individual!students,!but!rather!in!terms!of!how!they!might!serve!their!students!and!advance! their!institutional!missions!by!strategically!linking!with!partner!institutions!in!Japan!or!the! United!Sta tes.!!As!we!encourage!the!leaders!of!our!institutions!to!think!about!the!needs!of!their! students,!we!need!to!encourage!them!also!to!think!deeply!about!the!needs!of!students! elsewhere!as!well!as!the!needs!of!faculty!and!staff.!!And!as!they!seek!out!partner! institutions!in! Japan! – ! or!in!the!United!States! – ! we!need!to!assist!them!in!this!task.!!In!all!of!this,!the!leaders!of! our!institutions!need!to!place!issues!of!quality!learning!and!engagement!as!their!top!priority.!! And!they!need!to!be!aware!of!the!challen ges!their!students!face!in!acquiring!high!level!of! proficiency!in!these!languages. !

Finally,!they!need!to!be!concerned!with!engaging!students!with!local!communities!and!with! building!on!the!larger!and!very!rich!network!of!institutions!already!facilitating!r elations!between! the!United!States!and!Japan – ! representatives!of!which!are!gathered!here!today.!! !

Fortunately,!since!we!are!building!on! 60 ! years!of!hard!and!collaborative!work!by!many! educators!in!Japan!and!the!United!States,!all!of!this!strikes!me!a!rathe r!easy!thing!to!do.!!We! share!a!great!deal!of!know > how!about!teaching!distant,!non > cognate!languages!and!about! engaging!our!students!in!the!complex!task!of!learning!how!to!communicate!with!each!other! – ! how!to!communicate!in!the!other!person’s!language!and! in!the!neighborhood!where!he!or!she! lives.! !

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Community&Colleges&for&International&Development,&Inc. & Liz!Bergeron ! Program!Director !

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CCID!is!a!36>year!old!non>profit!membership!organization!that!provides!an!international!

network!for!community!and!technical!colleges!to!further!their!internationalization!initiatives! and!to!enhance!the!development!of!a!globally!competent!workforce!tor!the! communities!they! serve.!As!an!organization!driven!by!Community!College!presidents,!CCID!has!the!support!of!and! the!access!to!the!key!decision!makers!who!commit!time!and!resources!necessary!to!create!a! welcoming!and!supportive!environment!for!international!students!and!scholars.!CCID!is!an! affiliate!council!of!the!American!Association!of!Community!Colleges!with!an!international! network!that!prioritizes!serving!systems!dedicated!to!access,!affordability,!quality!and!the!global! perspective!as!key!components!of ! higher!education. !

All!of!CCID!U.S.!member!institutions!are!fully!accredited,!ensuring!that!credits!earned!are!

recognized!at!U.S.!4>year!universities!should!students!decide!to!complete!a!bachelor’s!degree!or!

beyond.!Additionally,!programs!within!the!areas ! above!that!provide!licensing!or!certification!are! governed!by!U.S.!professional!associations!that!granting!quality!assured!mobile!credentials.!

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CCID!provides!global!programs!and!services!in!the!following!categories: !

Networking!&!Partnerships! !

Capacity!Building!for!Internationalization! !

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The!strength!of!CCID!as!an!organization!derives!from!two!sources:!organizational!philosophy!and! diversity.!CCID!operates!through!a!Board!of! 27 ! colleges!(represente d!by!their!Presidents)!that! are!a!cross!section!of!the!top!community!colleges!in!the!U.S.!and!elsewhere!around!the!world! (see!www.ccid.cc).!The!selection!process!for!Board!membership!ensures!not!only!a!diversity!of! core!members!to!better!serve!the!needs!of ! the!developing!world!but!a!pool!of!highly!qualified! colleges!with!the!resources!to!execute!the!CCID!mission!of!sustainable!international! development.!CCID’s!Board!chooses!the!president,!who!operates!as!the!organization’s!chief! executive!officer. !

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For!nearly! 40 ! years!CCID!has!been!instrumental!in!increasing!international!programs!at! community!and!technical!colleges!around!the!world!and!in!supporting!countries!as!they!develop! community!college!systems!or!training!programs.!Making!higher!education!a ccessible!to!people! from!all!backgrounds!and!socio>economic!levels!is!the!core!of!our!mission.!The!power!of!the! consortium!promotes!knowledge!sharing!that!is!so!critical!in!our!field,!allowing!CCID!to! contribute!systematic!methods!and!sustainable!models!th at!are!desperately!needed!in!this! segment!of!workforce!and!higher!education!around!the!world. !

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CCID!faces!challenges!on!the!global!and!local!fronts.!Globally,!the!community!college!model!is! often!misunderstood.!Terms!like!“open!access,”!“transf er,”!“student!centered!learning”!and! “associates!degree”!are!not!often!part!the!higher!education!systems!in!other!countries.!U.S.! accreditation!and!the!decentralized!approach!to!higher!education!often!require!much!attention! before!the!value!and!function!of ! the!community!college!is!realized!and!the!attention!to!quality! and!relevance!is!appreciated.!Another!challenge!in!understanding!that!the!community!college! addresses!the!skills!gap!and!economic!development!issues!that!many!developing!countries!face.! Much!a ttention!and!funding!is!allocated!to!research!and!graduate!level!work,!yet!practical! technical!and!vocational!education!are!what!attract!development!and!what!will!enable!young! people!to!work. !

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On!the!local!front,!CCID!works!hard!to!combat!the!misperception ! that!the!local!community! colleges!do!not!have!to!react!to!the!forces!of!globalization.!The!sectors!seeing!growth!are!those! that!are!engaging!globally.!But!these!sectors!hire!locally.!Community!college!leaders!and!boards! must!commit!to!internationalizing!t heir!campuses!if!they!are!going!to!produce!graduates!that! are!prepared!for!and!can!contribute!to!this!new!reality. !

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CCID!would!like!to!see!an!increase!in!partnerships!and!mobility!programs!between!the!U . S . ! and! Japan.!As!more!Japanese!students!are!s eeking!affordable!entry!points!to!higher!education!in!the!

U . S . ,!community!colleges!can!provide!the!quality!education!they!seek!coupled!with!strong!

transfer!agreements!for!bachelor’s!degree!completion.!Likewise,!as!more!U . S . ! community! colleges!recognize!the ! need!to!internationalize!their!campuses,!there!will!be!increased!interest! in!student,!faculty,!and!administrator!exchanges!in!technical,!vocational,!and!technical!fields. !

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CCID!is!pleased!to!have!representation!from!Japan!on!its!boar d!through!the!Jikei!Group,!which! shares!the!mission!and!values!of!the!CCID!US!community!colleges!and!adds!a!very!strong! emphasis!on!global!education.!The!changing!social!and!economic!climates!in!Japan!are!causing! higher!education!providers!to!adjust!teachi ng!and!learning!practices.!As!the!US!struggles!with! much!of!the!same,!there!woul d!be!great!benefits!in!having!the!J>Center!assist!in!bringing! together!leaders!representing!Jikei!and!CCID!to!dialogue,!share!innovative!solutions,!and!form! partnerships!that!can!support!internationalization!efforts!in!both!systems. !

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Joetsu&University&of&Education&& Dr.! Toko!Igarashi ! Professor !

 

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Since! its ! foundation!in!1978 ,!Joetsu!University!of!Education!has!focused!on!advancing!education! in!teaching!along!with!a!core!mission!of! facilitating!student ! develop! with! global!and! internationally!oriented! world view s .!! Joetsu!students!visit ! schools!in!foreign!countries! every! year!and!have!made ! presentation s ! in!the!host!country!since!2000!(since!2004!in!Iowa!City). !

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T wo > week!abroad!program!for!und ergraduate!and!master!students,!four > week!

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> 12!months!abroad!program!in!the!USA,!

England,!mainland!China,!and!other!countries.

Assisting!students!and!teachers!in!the!community!to!learn!different!cultures,!and! sub jects!learning,!facilitating!international!students!to!interact!with!community. !

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Curriculum!development!for!elementary!school!students,!undergraduate!and!master!students!to! experience!international!interaction. !

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Facilitate!students’! language!development,!recruit!participants!for!international!activities!in! Japan!and!in!abroad,!support!their!learning!experiences,!and!arrange!financial!support. !

 

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Washington&University&in&St.&Louis & Department!of!East!Asian!Languages!&!Cultures,!Japan!Section ! Ginger!Marcus ! Senior!Lectur er!in!Japanese!and!Coordinator,!Japanese!Language!Program!

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The!Ja panese!Section!is!one!of!three!sections ! housed!in!the!Department!of!East!Asian!Languages! and!Cultures!at!Washington!University!in!St.!Louis;!the!other!two!are!Chinese!and!Korean.!Th e! Department!began!to!offer!Japanese!language!classes!in!the!late!1950s.!!Currently!the! Japanese! Section!is!comprised!of!three!full > time!lecturers!of!modern!language!and!three!tenure > line! faculty!in!literature.!!It!offers!a!major!and!a!minor!in!Japanese!La nguage!and!Culture,!an!MA!in! Japanese!Language!and!Literature,!a!BA!and!an!MA!in!East!Asian!Studies!(also!housed!in!the! Department),!and!Ph.Ds!in!Japanese!Literature!or!Comparative!Literature.!The!six!faculty! members!in!the!Japan!Section!together!teach!1st > ! through!4th > Level!modern!Japanese,!pre > modern!Japanese,!and!courses!in!Japanese!literature!and!culture.!Affiliated!faculty!offer!courses! in!Japanese!history.! !

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In!2010!we!received!a!Mellon > Sawyer!grant!to!fund!a!seminar!series!titled!Japan!E mbodied:!New! Approaches!to!Japanese!Studies,!offered!over!the!past!two!years.!Presentations!have!dealt!with! alternative!‘readings’!of!the!body!from!literary,!artistic,!and!performative!perspectives.!!The! seminar!series!has!been!extended!for!an!additional!t wo!years.!We!also!sponsor!a!number!of! Japan > related!lectures!throughout!the!academic!year.!For!example,!in!October,!the!15th!Annual! Nelson!Wu!Memorial!Lecture!will!be!given!by!Yukio!Lippit,!Professor!of!History!of!Art!and! Architecture!at!Harvard!University .!!In!addition!to!these!special!events,!on!a!monthly!basis!we! offer!other!extracurricular!events,!such!as!a!Japanese!film!series!and!a!simulated!Japanese!café! for!speakers!of!Japanese.!!All!of!these!events!are!open!to!the!community. !

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Through!our ! performance > based!curriculum,!students!(both!undergraduate!and!graduate)!can! achieve!a!level!of!proficiency!in!spoken!and!written!Japanese!that!will!allow!them!to!interact! comfortably!with!native!speakers!of!Japanese!after!four!years!of!study.!The!Japanes e! literature/culture!curriculum!seeks!to!reinforce!an!understanding!of!crucial!and!enduring! cultural!values!while!fostering!an!appreciation!of!Japan’s!remarkable!aesthetic!heritage.!! Graduates!of!our!undergraduate!program!have!gone!on!to!earn!Ph.D.s!in!Japan > related!fields! (literature,!history,!law,!Buddhism)!and!now!hold!university!positions.!The!majority,!however,! have!pursued!careers!in!international!business,!banking,!media,!trade,!and!secondary > school! teaching.!Our!doctoral!alumni!are!now!tenured!and!s erving!as!departmental!chairs!(Linfield! College!and!Gettysburg!Colllege)!or!hold!postdoctoral!positions.!They!teach!Japanese!language,! literature!and!culture!and!have!either!developed!or!expanded!their!major!programs!in!Japanese.! Thus,!we!impact!the!field! of!Japanese!Studies!in!various!venues. !

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While!students!are!eager!to!study!topics!such! as!Japanese!pop!culture,!film,! business,!law,!art! history!and!architecture,!we!do!not!have!faculty!who!can!teach!these!courses,!nor!is!the! University!pla nning!to!add!any!new!faculty!lines!in!Japanese!Studies.!!Our!two!tenured!faculty! members!not!only!teach!undergraduate!and!graduate!courses,!they!also!hold!administrative! positions.!Our!Japan!historian!has!a!joint!appointment!in!History!and!in!International ! and!Area! Studies.!Likewise,!in!the!language!program,!we!are!short > handed.!Lecturers!are!teaching!in!three! courses,!and!they!all!are!in!charge!of!either!one!or!two!courses.!!Because!one!of!our!full > time! lecturer!positions!was!eliminated!in!Fall!2011,!we!ar e!no!longer!able!to!offer!5th > Level!Modern! Japanese!and!a!required!graduate > level!seminar/practicum!in!Japanese!language!pedagogy,!and! we!have!had!to!cut!back!on!the!number!of!contact!hours!in!1st! – and!2nd > Level!Modern! Japanese.!!To!compound!the!problem,!o ne!of!our!tenure > line!faculty!members!will!be!on!leave! this!coming!year,!and!she!will!not!be!replaced.! !

We!have!seen!a!slight!decline!in!enrollments!in!the!language!courses!since!2006,!but!currently!

about!the!same!number!of!students!are!studying!Japanese! as!in!the!year!2000.!!In!literature! classes,!too,!enrollments!are!down!somewhat.!However,!the!Japanese!Culture!and!Civilization!

course!attracts!about!80!students!annually.!!We!are!struggling!with:!1)!the!need!for!more!faculty!

to!attract!a!larger!pool!of!st udents!with!broad!interests;!and!2)!meeting!the!needs!of!our! advanced!language!learners!and!the!graduate!students!in!our!MA!and!Ph.D.!programs.! !

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Ideally,!when!our!enrollments!are!more!robust,!we!will!be!able!to!hire!another!full> time!lecturer! and! return!to!our!previous!level!of!offerings!in!the!language!program.!In!order!to!grow!and! improve!Japanese!Studies!at!Washington!University,!we!envision!a!future!with!more!Japan! faculty!in!fields!that!complement!our!current!strengths!in!the!humanities,!but!w e!must!be! prepared!to!make!do!with!what!we!have.!The!ideal!scenario,!however,!would!also!include! additional!hires!in!the!social!sciences — ! anthropology!and/or!political!science,!for!example.!To! that!end,!we!may!seek!external!funding!through!the!Japan!Founda tion’s!Institutional!Support! Project!Grant,!which!would!allow!faculty!hires!or!postdocs!in!history,!art!history,!or!film!and! media!studies.!!We!are!currently!working!on!establishing!a!Japan!Studies!Alliance!with! colleagues!at!the!University!of!Missouri > St. ! Louis,!with!the!aim!of!encouraging!collaboration! between!our!faculties!and!to!promote!Japanese!Studies!in!St.!Louis!and!in!the!Midwest.!!

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Kyoto&Consortium&for&Japanese&Studies&(KCJS)& Ginger!Marcus ! Former!Governing!Board!Chair,!Washington!University!in!St.!Louis!Board! Representative !

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KCJS!was!established!in!1989!as!a!consortium!of!American!universities!(currently!14)!that!

spon sors!a!two > semester!study!abroad!program!for!undergraduates.!It!is!based!at!Doshisha! University!in!Kyoto,!governed!by!the!KCJS!Governing!Board,!and!administered!by!The!Office!of! Global!Programs!at!Columbia!University.!Members!of!the!consortium!are:!Boston!University,! Brown!University,!University!of!Chicago,!Columbia!University/Barnard!College,!Cornell! University,!Emory!University,!Harvard!University,!University!of!Pennsylvania,!Princeton! University,!Stanford!University,!Washington!University!in!St.!Louis,!a nd!Yale!University!in! association!with!the!University!of!Michigan!and!the!University!of!Virginia.!!The!program!serves!

approximately!45!students!per!semester,!all!of!whom!have!studied!Japanese!for!at!least!two!

years!or!its!equivalent!prior!to!going!to!Japan .!Language!classes!meet!two!hours!per!day!for!two!

13 > week!semesters.!Students!also!take!“disciplinary”!courses!that!are!enriched!by!the!historical!

and!cultural!resources!in!Kyoto.!They!live!in!homestays!or!apartments,!and!participate!in!the! Community!Invol vement!Program!(CIP).! !

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The!Kyoto!community!is!very!much!an!integral!component!of!the!KCJS!experience.!!Students!in! the!KCJS!are!required!to!be!involved!in!the!community!through!the!Community!Involvement! Program.!!Students!meet!the!CIP!require ment!through!such!activities!as!volunteer!work,!joining! a!university!“circle,”!or!studying!a!Japanese!art!form!with!a!mentor.!Throughout!the!academic! year,!the!KCJS!hosts!a!guest!speaker!series!to!which!the!public!is!invited.!Field!trips,!excursions,! works hops,!and!social!events!in!Kyoto!enrich!the!daily!lives!of!the!students.!A!very!important! component!of!the!KCJS!experience!is!the!homestay,!and!the!KCJS!maintains!close!relations!with! the!homestay!families!in!the!community.!!In!addition,!KCJS!classes!are!o pen!to!students!from!

Doshisha!and!Kyoto!University.!Approximately!20!Japanese!students!take!classes!at!KCJS!for!

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The!KCJS!is!an!academically!rigorous!program!for!students!who!wish!to!hone!their!language! skills!and!to!study!abou t!Japan >> its!history,!politics,!economy,!arts,!literature,!etc.!!!The!language! program,!which!includes!the!Community!Involvement!Program,!forms!the!core!of!the!study! abroad!experience,!but!the!whole!experience!of!studying!in!Kyoto!has!a!tremendous!impact!o n! the!lives!of!KCJS!students.!It!is!clearly!a!life > changing!experience!for!most!students.!There!are!

close!to!1000!alumni!of!KCJS.!Many!have!gone!on!to!careers!related!to!Japan.!Some!are!now!

professors!of!Japanese!themselves;!others!have!pursued!careers!in! international!business,!law,! politics,!medicine,!architecture,!art,!etc.!!! !! !

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There!are!two!very!troubling!trends!challenging!KCJS:!!1.!for!a!number!of!reasons,!applications!

and!enrollments!for!AY2012 > 13!have!declined!dramatically;!2.!the!v alue!of!the!yen!vs.!the!dollar! has!made!the!program!prohibitively!expensive!for!students!and!financially!problematic!for!the! Governing!Board. !

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Beginning!in!the!summer!of!2009,!the!KCJS!has!a!summer!program!in!advanced!and!classical!

Japanese.!!Appli cations!have!steadily!increased!and!the!program!seems!to!be!well!on!its!way!to! becoming!one!of!the!premier!summer!programs!in!advanced/classical!Japanese.!It!is!the!only! intensive!summer!program!in!classical!Japanese!to!my!knowledge.!The!program!receives!

o ngoing!support!from!the!Center!for!Global!Partnerships!to!provide!scholarships!for!students.!

The!academic!year!program!used!to!receive!support!from!the!Japan!Foundation!but!funding! ended!some!years!ago.!!The!point!I!wish!to!make!here!is:!given!the!current! economic!situation,! and!with!fewer!and!fewer!students!from!elite!U.S.!institutions!studying!Japanese!and!

committing!themselves!to!study!abroad,!there!needs!to!be!more!external!resources!for!support!

for!the!KCJS!academic!year!experience,!one!of!the!most!exp ensive!study!abroad!programs!in!the!

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J-Conference Panelist Reports: Higher Education !

ALLEX&Foundation & Thomas!Mason!Jr. ! President!&!Executive!Director!

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The!ALLEX!Foundation!places!professionally!trained!Japanese!teachers!at!universities!across!the! United!States!where!they!teach!Japanese!language!courses!in!exchang e!for!tuition,!room,!and! board!waivers. !

The!primary!mission!of!the!ALLEX!Foundation!is!to!advance!global!understanding!and! intercultural!exchange!through!education.!We!fulfill!this!mission!with!programs!that!encourage! the!establishment!of!high!quality!Eas t!Asian!language!programs!at!educational!institutions!in!the! U.S.!At!the!same!time,!our!programs!offer!unique!study!abroad!opportunities!for!Chinese,! Japanese!and!Taiwanese!nationals. !

We!believe!that!learning!a!foreign!language!is!the!gateway!to!understan ding!other!cultures,!and! that!training!expert!language!teachers!goes!hand!in!hand!with!propagating!foreign!language! study.!We!promote!the!learning!of!Asian!languages!by!American!students;!and!we!open!the! door!for!Asians!to!enter!the!American!educational!sy stem!as!both!teachers!and!students!and!to! become!expert!language!teachers.! !

The!Japanese!program!was!founded!as!Exchange:Japan!in!1988.!Reorganized!as!the!Alliance!for!

Language!Learning!and!Educational!Exchange!(ALLEX)!in!2003,!the!Chinese!program!was!

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The!flagship!program!of!ALLEX,!the!Teaching!Associate!Program,!remains!a!simple!but!powerful! idea:!We!enable!universities!to!begin!and!maintain!high!quality!Chinese!and!Japanese!language! programs!by!providing!them!with!profe ssionally!trained!instructors!who!teach!in!exchange!for! the!opportunity!to!study!for!master’s!or!second!bachelor’s!degree.!For!institutions!that!already! have!established!Asian!language!programs,!the!ALLEX!Foundation!offers!a!one > year!option! designed!as!a!c ost > effective!way!to!replace!faculty!on!leave,!expand!course!offerings,!add!drill! instructors,!or!staff!adjunct!positions.! !

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The!ALLEX!Foundation!(with!its!predecessor!Exchange:Japan)!has!been!a!transformational!force! in!instituting ! East!Asian!language!courses!at!American!universities,!and!in!recruiting!and!training!

Japanese!and!Chinese!students!to!become!professional!language!teachers.!Over!160!universities!

have!used!our!teachers!to!start!new!language!programs!or!to!e nhance!language ! offerings.!More!

than!600!instructors!have!been!trained!and!placed!at!American!universities,!and!a!large!

percentage!have!completed!master’s!degrees!while!teaching.!More!than!75!former!ALLEX!

instructors!are!still!teaching!in!the!field,!and!some!have!gone!on ! to!earn!Ph.D.s,!and! professorships!at!places!such!as!Cornell,!Harvard,!Hamilton,!M.I.T.,!Middlebury,!and!Wellesley.! It!is!impossible!to!say!how!many!thousands!of!American!college!students!have!studied!Japanese! and!Chinese!with!ALLEX!instructors.!There!are ! certainly!scores!of!universities!where!these! languages!would!not!have!been!offered!without!the!assistance!of!ALLEX.! !

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Today!the!ALLEX!Foundation!is!flourishing!as!it!fills!the!ever > growing!demand!for!Chinese! language!teachers!at!post > secondary ! and!K > 12!institutions.!At!the!same!time,!we!can!see!three! trends!that!cause!us!concern:! ! 1) The!financial!pressures!that!universities!at!all!levels!are!experiencing!is!often!met!with!a! blanket!shut > down!of!all!new!programs.!We!work!with!many!schools!that!wan t!to!move! forward!with!Asian!languages,!but!“can’t!at!this!time.” ! 2) Budgetary!concerns!of!course!push!deans!to!look!for!the!“weak!links”!in!their!programs,! and!language!departments,!which!often!have!lower!enrollments!and!higher! faculty/student!ratios,!are!so metimes!seen!as!easy!targets!for!cutbacks.!In!particular,!we! have!seen!schools!where!they!are!thinking!of!adding!Chinese!at!the!expense!of!cutting! established!Japanese!programs. ! 3) Globalization!and!the!rise!of!Asia!are!pushing!universities!to!increase!Asian!studies.!But! enrollment!pressures!cause!some!to!look!for!ways!they!can!look!more!attractive!to! applicants.!Loosening!or!eliminating!language!requirements!may!be!misguided,!but! some!schools!see!it!as!a!selling!point!for!undergraduates. !

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Put!simply,! the!ideal!scenario!in!our!sector!would!be!an!increased!number!of!American! universities!offering!Japanese!language.!We!would!also!like!to!see!a!significant!increase!in! interest!on!the!part!of!young!Japanese!students!in!studying!in!the!U.S. !

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We!meet!many!institutions!that!would!like!to!offer!Japanese!language,!but!don’t!think!they!can! afford!it.!If!the!J > Center!can!help!to!inform!mid > western!schools!that!ALLEX!can!provide!them! with!trained!teachers!at!a!minimal!cost,!it!would!be!most!hel pful. !

On!the!other!side!of!the!Pacific,!a!positive!effort!must!be!undertaken!to!encourage!Japanese! students!to!take!up!study!in!America.!The!dwindling!number!of!Japanese!students!coming!to!the! U.S.!is!a!serious!concern,!and!the!J > Center!is!the!perfect!ven ue!to!address!this!problem. !

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J-Conference Panelist Reports: Higher Education !

Japan&Center&for&Michigan&Universities&(JCMU)& Kate!E.!Simon ! Program!Director !

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The!Japan!Center!for!Michigan!Universities!(JCMU)!was!established!in!1989!as!a!consortium! of!

15 ! public!universities!in!Michigan!seeking!to!create!study!abroad!experiences!in!Japan!for!

Michigan!students.!Working!with!Michigan’s!sister > state,!Shiga!Prefecture,!the!universities! created!a!facility!in!Hikone,!Japan,!thus!providing!the!infrastructure ! and!instructional!capacity!to! effectively!educate!undergraduate!and!graduate!students!in!Japanese!language,!history,! religion,!politics,!geography,!health!care,!environmental!and!cultural!studies.!

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The!JCMU!core!curriculum!consists!of!intensi ve!Japanese!language!education!for!Americans!and! English!language!education!for!Japanese!citizens.!JCMU!offers!its!Japanese!intensive!language! programs!throughout!the!year,!including!summer,!semester > long,!and!academic!year!formats. ! Additionally,!JCMU!offe rs!May!short!programs!on!various!topics!in!Japanese!studies,! career/culture!hybrid!programs!in!Environmental!Science,!Comparative!Health!Care,!and! Hospitality!&!Tourism,!as!well!as!a!Summer!Internship!Program!for!students!with!advanced! Japanese!language!ab ilities!who!wish!to!practice!their!language!skills!in!a!professional!setting.! For!the!Japanese,!JCMU!offers!a!wide!variety!of!English!language!courses!for!participants!from! preschool!to!senior!citizens!who!wish!to!improve!their!English. !

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JCMU!ha s!educated!over!2,400!students!in!Japanese!language!and!culture.!In!2009,!a!group!of! past!participants!worked!with!JCMU!to!create!the!JCMU!Alumni!Association.!Many!of!our!alumni! continue!to!be!engaged!with!Japan,!often!working!in!fields!and!industries!wher e!they!use!their! Japanese!language!skills!regularly.!JCMU’s!impact!can!be!felt!in!Michigan! – ! most!recently,!a! group!of!JCMU!participants!successfully!petitioned!the!administration!of!Northern!Michigan! University,!leading!to!the!first!Japanese!language!clas s!offered!on!campus.!Across!Michigan,! Japanese!language!major!and!minor!programs!continue!to!be!robust,!with!Eastern!Michigan!and!

Oakland!Universities!establishing!majors!in!Japanese!in!the!past!10!years.!JCMU’s!impacts!are!

also!felt!by!other!institutions: ! affiliate!and!cooperative!membership!has!grown!to!include!public! and!private!schools!from!Michigan,!Missouri,!New!York,!North!Carolina!and!Texas.!JCMU’s!

innovation!in!curriculum!design!was!honored!in!2009!by!Arizona!State!University,!who!selected!

JCMU!as! one!of!four!recipients!of!the!International!Award!for!Innovation!in!Higher!Education.! The!Monterey!Institute!of!International!Studies!(MIIS)!in!California!also!recognized!JCMU’s! excellence!in!upper > level!language!education,!signing!an!agreement!with!JCMU!i n!2009!to! establish!a!new!scholarship!opportunity!for!JCMU!alumni!who!attend!MIIS’!graduate!programs. !

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The!weak!economy!is!by!far!the!greatest!challenge!for!JCMU.!We!are!keenly!affected!by!the! exchange!rate,!as!most!of!our!revenue!is!coll ected!in!U.S.!dollars,!but!our!expenditures!are! largely!in!yen.!Additionally,!many!of!our!students!struggle!with!the!financial!burdens!of!study! abroad.!Finances!are!the!main!reason!for!student!withdrawals!from!our!programs.!Job!losses,!a! lack!of!adequate!f inancial!assistance!and!anxiety!about!the!value!of!study!abroad!when! compared!to!the!cost!all!affect!our!students,!and,!in!turn,!our!programs.!Rising!airfare!prices!are! also!a!concern,!especially!for!students!who!are!trying!to!budget!for!their!study!abroad ! experience. !

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We!continue!to!see!avid!interest!in!Japan!and!Japanese!studies!from!our!students!and!believe! that!the!appeal!of!Japanese!studies!and!the!friendship!between!the!United!States!and!Japan!will! continue!to!be!strong.!We!would!ideally!like! to!see!a!stronger!path!of!study!for!Japanese! language!from!the!K > 12!system!through!to!college!and!career.!At!JCMU,!we!endeavor!to! cultivate!relationships!with!K > 12!schools,!cooperative!institutions,!new!stakeholders!and! community!members!on!both!sides!of!t he!Pacific.!In!particular,!we!are!working!to!increase! alumni!engagement,!advance!our!fundraising!efforts!to!provide!more!financial!aid!options!for! our!students,!reach!out!to!schools!beyond!Michigan,!and!expand!our!English!language!program! options!for!Japan ese!citizens,!such!as!the!kokunairyugaku!(“in > ! country!study!abroad”)!so!as!to! merge!our!Japanese!and!English!programs!to!great!effect.!We!hope!that!these!activities!will!help! to!inspire!Japanese!students!to!study!abroad!in!the!U.S.,!as!well!as!to!help!elu cidate!the!value!of! foreign!language!education!to!both!American!and!Japanese!constituents!alike. !

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University&of&Iowa&International&Programs & Professor!Do wning!Thomas ! Associate!Provost!and!Dean!of!International!Programs!

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The!University!of!Iowa’s!International!Programs!(IP)!provides!leadership!for!the!UI’s! internationalization!efforts!and!support!for!internationally > oriented!teaching,!research,!cre ative! work!and!community!engagement.!!IP!is!the!home!of!numerous!programs,!services!and! initiatives!that!assist!students,!scholars,!and!faculty!as!they!pursue!international!activities,! including!Study!Abroad,!International!Student!and!Scholar!Services,!fou rteen!academic! programs!and!centers,!grant > writing!and!scholarship!advisors,!and!funding!for!innovative! projects!and!research.!IP,!which!is!also!charged!with!furthering!globally > oriented!knowledge!and! activities!across!the!state!to!help!create!an!Iowa!comm unity!that!is!responsive!to!the! increasingly!global!needs!and!obligations!of!citizenship,!also!provides!International!Classroom! Journeys!(interactive!presentations!by!volunteer!cultural!ambassadors!from!around!the!world)! to!Iowa’s!K > 12!school!children,!cre ates!opportunities!for!intercultural!dialogue!and!engagement! between!local!community!members!and!international!visitors,!and!carries!the!thoughtful! discussion!of!international!topics!by!experts!from!the!UI!and!elsewhere!into!the!homes!of! Iowans!statewide!t hrough!television!and!radio!broadcasts!of!the!series!WorldCanvass.!! !

The!mission!of!the!Center!for!Asian!and!Pacific!Studies!(CAPS),!housed!in!IP,!is!to!support!and! enhance!teaching!and!research!on!Asia!and!the!Pacific!region,!and!to!reach!out!to!statewid e! populations,!including!K > 12!educators!and!Asian!communities!in!Iowa,!to!promote!the!UI’s! engagement!with!Asia.!CAPS!has!been!particularly!active!in!promoting!teaching!and!research!on! Japan,!maintaining!a!close!working!relationship!with!the!UI!Department! of!Asian!and!Slavic! Languages!and!Literatures!in!the!College!of!Liberal!Arts!and!Sciences.!This!coming!year,!we!will! welcome!two!new!faculty!members!working!on!Japan!(literature!and!linguistics).!!!We!expect,! once!again,!to!see!more!students!apply!to!our!J apanese!language!classes!than!we!can!currently! accommodate.!! !

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Aside!from!the!UI’s!teaching!and!research!activities!concerning!Japan,!CAPS!actively!engages! with!K > 12!teachers.!For!the!last!five!years,!CAPS!hosted!a!National!Consortium!for!Teac hing! about!Asia!workshop,!inviting!dozens!of!K > 12!teachers!every!year.!This!coming!year!(2012 > 2013),! CAPS!is!planning!on!organizing!its!own!teachers’!workshop!for!Iowa!educators!with!its!own,! original!curriculum!and!lectures.!In!addition,!CAPS!is!offering! internships!to!reach!out!to!Iowa’s! Asian!population,!working!closely!with!the!Asian!and!Pacific!Islander!Commission!and!the! Department!of!Human!Rights,!State!of!Iowa.!Under!this!program,!CAPS!will!reach!out!to!Asian! minorities!in!Iowa!in!the!areas!of!healt hcare!access,!community!activities,!and!literacy.!!This!is! only!a!glimpse!of!the!wide!range!of!outreach!activities!that!IP!oversees.! !

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IP!and!CAPS!also!play!a!pivotal!role!in!establishing!and!maintaining!academic!exchange!programs! with!higher!educati on!institutions!in!Asia!and!Japan.!For!example,!the!yearly!exchange!with! Joetsu!University!of!Education!in!Niigata,!Japan,!is!proving!to!be!extremely!effective!in! enhancing!the!UI’s!connection!with!Japan.!Also,!the!UI’s!English!as!a!Second!Language!program ! will!be!receiving!dozens!of!students!from!Doshisha!University!in!Kyoto!and!CAPS!will!play!a! supporting!role. !

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As!a!“free > standing”!unit!equivalent!to!a!college!inside!the!university,!IP!has!the!advantage!of! operating!on!two!fronts — academic!and! administrative — and!this!enhances!the!UI’s! internationalization!efforts!in!respect!to!Asia,!in!general,!and!Japan,!in!particular.!!IP!is!the!home! for!International!Student!and!Scholar!Services,!which!is!the!first!stop!for!international!scholars! and!students ! when!they!come!to!the!UI.!!It!also!houses!Study!Abroad,!where!UI!students!seek! information!and!support!for!their!study!abroad!plans,!which!may!include!Japan.!!CAPS!allocates! study!abroad!scholarships!for!undergraduate!students!specifically!targeted!at!Asi a.!Last!year,! CAPS!organized!a!faculty > led!trip!to!Japan,!where!students!visited!the!areas!that!were!directly!

affected!by!the!2011!tsunami.!Aside!from!these,!IP!offers!numerous!funding!opportunities!when!

UI!students!(both!graduate!and!undergraduate)!wish!to!extend!their!research!abroad.!!The! Stanley > UI!Foundation!Support!Organization!scholarships!are!one!such!resource.!!Past!Stanley! recipients!were!able!to!do!field!research!in!Japan!with!this!funding.!Currently,!one!of!the! recipients,!a!graduate!student!in! anthropology,!is!visiting!Okinawa,!Japan,!to!conduct!fieldwork! with!this!funding. !

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The!University!of!Iowa!is!seeing!a!large!influx!of!undergraduate!international!students!from!Asia! (primarily!China,!but!also!other!countries!such!as!Malaysia,!Ko rea,!and!Vietnam).!IP!and!CAPS! will!need!to!adapt!to!the!changing!demographics. !

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A!more!active!faculty > level!exchange!between!the!UI!and!Japan’s!higher!education!institutions! would!be!desirable.!This!would!lead!to!greater!student > level!exchange,!in creasing!the!number!of! students!who!study!abroad!in!Japan.!Furthermore,!the!UI’s!currently!strong!Japanese!language! instruction!needs!to!be!enhanced,!structurally!as!well!as!in!terms!of!personnel;!this!will!require! new!hires!and!upgrading!the!lectureship!c ontracts.!!At!this!time,!there!is!no!PhD!program!in!any! area!of!Asian!Studies!(including!Japanese!Studies).!The!faculty!will!explore!the!possibility!of! creating!such!a!program!in!five!or!ten!years’!time,!so!that!we!can!develop!more!comprehensive! teaching!a nd!research!programs!on!Asia,!in!general,!and!Japan,!in!particular. !

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I!would!like!to!suggest!two!ways!in!which!the!J> Center,!working!with!IP!and!CAPS,!could!enhance! the!Japan > related!activities!at!the!UI.!!!One!would!be!to!assi st!in!the!recruitment!of!Iowa’s!high! school!students!to!the!UI!with!the!specific!purpose!of!learning!about!Japan.!Another!would!be! for!the!J > Center!to!provide!a!hands > on!experience!to!UI!students!(for!example,!through! internships),!which!would!encourage!st udents!to!get!to!know!Japan!more!deeply,!with!more! nuance,!and!would!enhance!not!only!their!education!but!the!perspectives!through!which!they! will!operate!after!leaving!the!university. ! !

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Peter!Kelley! President! Nati onal!Association!of!Japan > America!Societies!

It!was!a!privilege!to ! lead!this!panel!exploring!the!s tate!of!Culture!and!Arts!in!the!M idwest!as!part! of!the!J > Center!conference’s ! overall!work.!As!President!of!the!National!Association!of!Japan > America!Societies ,!I!represent!a!network!of!37!member!Japan > America!Societies!located!

throughout!North!America.!Of!the!37,!10!are!in!the!Midwest.!The!existence!of!healthy!

grassroots!organizations!makes!the!U .S. > Japan!relationship!unique!among!bilateral!relationships.! Bring ing!that!basic!grassroots!understanding!to!the!Iowa!region,!where!the!interest!in!Japan!and! Japanese!culture!is!diversified!and!fairly!small!in!scale,!was!both!an!opportunity!to!learn!and!to! share!lessons. !

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The!panel!reflected!both!the!joys!and!challenges! of!fostering!Japanese!culture!in!the!Midwest,!in! that!it!combined!various!aspects!of!Japanese!culture!and!participants!ranged!from!highly! specialized!groups!to!those!attempting!to!create!unifying!themes!or!institutions.!Among!the! panelists!and!organization s!were; !

> Japan!Outreach!Coordinator!who!spent!two!years!introducing!Japanese!culture!to! elementary!schools!across!Iowa !

> The!Japan > America!Society!of!Iowa,!a!group!of!volunteers!trying!to!create!a!Japanese! culture > oriented!non > profit!in!Des!Moines !

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> The!Anime!Societ y!of!Iowa,!an!all > volunteer!organization! that ! holds!regular!anime!

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> The!Japan!Artists!Information!Dir ectory!project,!managed!by!the!Five ! College!Center!for! East!Asian!Studies!in!Massachusetts,!which!is!creating!a!database!of!performing!a rtists,! including!the!Midwest. !

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The!Hear t!of!America!Japan > America!Society,!an!all > volunteer!society!promoting!

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These!organizations!clearly!demonstrated!the!diversity!of!interest!in!Japanese!culture!in!the!
Midwest,!as!well!as!the!diffic ulties!of!achieving!a!large!enough!base!of!interest!in!any!one!area,!
or!a!enough!of!common!theme,!to!establish!a!sustainable!entity!promoting!Japanese!culture.!
The!most!successful!was!the!most!focused!and!least!institutionalized;!anime!conventions.!The!
org anizers!of!the!conventions!shared!their!experiences!of!3 , 000 > person!weekend!events!with!a!
statewide!audience,!to!the!amazement!of!the!other!local!entities,!which!struggle!to!assemble!
double > digit ! crowds!for!more!mainstream ! culture!events.! !
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It!was!noted!th at!major,!successful!private!institutions!which!include!Japanese!culture!exist!in!
most!large!Midwest!cities,!as!both!a!legacy!of!specific!interests!and!also!the!entry!of!Japanese!
art!into!mainstream!museum!collections!in!the!early! 20 th ! C entury.!Along!with! the!many!
universities,!these!represent!a!significant!base!of!ongoing!cultural!knowledge!and!programming!
about!Japan!in!the!Midwest,!as!does!Concordia!in!the!language!field.!In!areas!of!the!Midwest!
where!there!has!been!significant!Japanese!investment,!priva te!Japan > America!Societies!have!
arisen!and!thrived!(Indiana,!and!Chicago!are!examples).!Without!that!background!of!potential!
supporters,!Japan > America!Societies!as!promoters!of!general!Japanese!culture!remain!all >
volunteer!and!precarious. !
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together!about!the!broader!issue!of!promoting!Japanese!culture!in!the!Midwest.!Everyone!
appreciated!the!effort!made!to!include!a!variety!of!organizations!and!the!hospitality!extended!
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Japan&Outreach&Initiative&(JOI) & Yume&Hidaka ! ! Univ ersity!of!Iowa!Coordinator!

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The!Japan!Foundation!Center!for!Global!Partnership!(CGP)!and!The!Laurasian!Institution!(TLI)! designed!the!Japan!Outreach!Initiative!(JOI)!as!a!grassroots!opportunity!to!develop!a!deeper! understanding!of!Japan!by!sendin g!Japanese!coordinators!to!conduct!community!outreach! activities!about!Japan!in!the!Midwest!and!South.!The!program!is!open!to!non > profits!and! educational!institutions!with!a!strong!commitment!to!outreach!about!Japan.!! !

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As!a!JOI!coordinator,!I ! provided!K > 12!and!community!presentations.!!Visits!included! conversation!about!Japan’s!people!and!culture,!hands > on!activities!such!as!origami!and!the! creation!of!bookmarks,!and!cultural!demonstrations!such!as!Sado!(tea!ceremony)!and!Kado! (flower!arrangem ent).!!!I!made!presentations!in!schools,!universities,!libraries,!senior!centers,! university!dormitories,!churches,!fairs!and!outdoor!festivals.!!As!JOI!coordinator,!I!also!worked! for!the!Sister!State!program!in!Iowa.! !

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Although!people!can!acces s!the!internet!from!anywhere!in!the!world!to!learn!about!another! country,!the!opportunity!to!have!a!one > on > one!encounter!and!a!conversation!with!a!native! Japanese!person!may!be!rare!for!people!living!in!a!rural!area!like!Iowa.!!!What!you!learn!from! talking ! to!someone!who!seems!so!different!from!yourself!is!that!maybe!you!aren’t!so!different! after!all.!!A!JOI!coordinator!can!bring!this!opportunity!to!the!community!and!discuss!current! information!about!daily!life!in!Japan!in!an!environment!that!creates!new!fr iendships.!It!is!easier! for!the!community!to!understand!a!different!culture!when!they!compare!it!with!their!own! culture. !

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Japanese!culture!has!been!growing!in!popularity!in!the!U.S.!through!the!Anime!and!Manga! sensation.!However,!there!are!not! many!Japanese!living!in!the!Midwest!and!there!is!concern! about!whether!JOI!can!provide!a!continued!presence!in!the!region!that!would!give!continuity! over!time. !

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Looking!to!the!future, ! I!hope!the!Japanese!materials ! donated!to!organizations!around!th e!state! will!help!increase!interest!in!Japan!and!Japanese!culture.!!!Additionally,!it!would!be!great!if!that! interest!would!lead!them!to!plan!a!trip!or!study!abroad!in!Japan. !

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I!believe!the!J > Center!can!help!JOI!coordinators!to!i ntroduce!the!organization!which!is!working! for!a!better!Japan > U.S.!relationship!in!the!Midwest.!Then!it!will!be!possible!to!collaborate!and!to! organize!Japanese!events!such!as!a!Japanese!Festival!for!the!community.!Also,!the!JOI! coordinator!can!provide!a!l ist!of!popular!hands > on!activities!for!the!J > Center!website!so!that!it! can!be!a!resource!for!anyone,!especially!teachers,!to!use,!even!without!the!actual!Japanese! native!guest. !

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Japan&Foundation&Center& for&Global&Partnership&& Renay!Loper ! Associate!Program!Officer!

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The!Center!for!Global!Partnership!(CGP)!was!established!within!the!Japan!Foundation!in!April! 1991!with!offices!in!both!Tokyo!and!New!York.!CGP!is!dedicated!to!strengthening!the!global ! US > Japan!partnership!and!cultivating!the!next!generation!of!public!intellectuals!necessary!to!sustain! this!partnership.!! !

It!is!the!mission!of!CGP!to!promote!collaboration!between!Japan!and!the!United!States!with!the! goal!of!fulfilling!shared!global!resp onsibilities!and!contributing!to!improvements!in!the!world's! welfare;!and!to!enhance!dialogue!and!interchange!between!Japanese!and!US!citizens!on!a!wide! range!of!issues,!thereby!improving!bilateral!relations.! !

Programming: &

CGP!offers!a!variety!of!grant!op portunities!through!both!its!Intellectual!Exchange!and!Grassroots! Exchange!and!Education!divisions.! !

Through!these!grant!opportunities,!CGP!carries!out!its!mission!by!supporting! an!array!of! institutions!and!individuals,!including!nonprofit!organizations,! universities,!policymakers,! scholars!and!educators,!and!believe!in!the!power!of!broad > based,!multi > channel!approaches!to! effect!positive!change!through!the!following!mechanisms:! !

Administering!grant!programs!to!support!collaborative!projects!conducted!by!t he! people!of!Japan,!the!United!States!and!other!countries!that!address!issues!of!global! concern! !

Supporting!fellowships ! ! !

Co > organizing!projects!with!a!variety!of!other!institutions! !

Strengths:&

20!year!experience!as!a!Grant!Maker,!supporting!institutional ,!individual,!and! community!level!exchanges!between!the!U.S.!and!Japan !

Extensive!network!with!public!intellectuals,!universities!and!think!tanks !

Extensive!network!with!Japan!America!Societies!and!nonprofit!organizations!with!an! interest!in!Japan !

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Over!the!years!our!total!budget!has!gradually!decreased,!affecting!the!amount!of!support!we! are!able!to!contribute!to!valuable!projects!and!organizations.!!Because!of!this,!we!have!had!to! become!more!prudent!in!making!grants. !

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It!is!our!visi on!that!the!collaboration!and!mutual!understanding!between!the!U.S.!and!Japan!will!
continue!to!strengthen!through!the!relationships!and!works!of!institutions,!individuals,!
nonprofits,!universities,!policymakers,!scholars!and!educators. !
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The!J > Center!is!a!2010!grantee!under!the!former!CGP!J > Initiative!grant.!!The!J > Center!and!its!
subsequent!activities!are!a!great!example!of!the!community!collaboration!and!resource!pooling!
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Japan&America&Society&of&Iowa & Kiyokazu!Matsuyama ! President !

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In!December!1989,! t he!Japanese!American!Society ! was! founded ! by!two!ladies,!and!later!its! name!was!changed!to ! the!Japan!America!Society!of!Iowa.!The!organization!was!small!at!first,! with!only!a!handful!of!members!only!dedicated!to!the!art!of!Ikebana,!while!having!social! gatherings!in!from!member’s!to!me mber’s!houses.!As!the!years!progress,!JASI!slowly!continued! to!grow!by!having!public!meetings!in!libraries!and!community!centers,!networking!with!local! businesses!and!organizations!for!donations,!and!utilizing!JASI!members’!skills!to!create!a! website,!publ ish!newsletters,!and!organizing!community!events.! In ! 2003,!JASI! became! a!501(c)3! organization.!All!of!the!efforts!and!changes!to!grow!the!JASI!organization!were!all!done! voluntarily!to!grow!the!organization!and!spread!awareness!of!Japanese!culture!in!Des!M oines,! IA. !

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JASI!organizes!monthly!meetings,!except!July!and!August,!and!share!various!Japanese!culture!to! the!members!and!public!and!several!activities!that!members!can!participate!such!as!taiko! drumming,!Japanese!language!class,!tea!ceremony ,!teahouse!restoration!and!kimono. !

Also,!JASI!participates!the!Asian!Heritage!Festival,!an!Iowa!Asian!Alliance’s!annual!event,! organizes! Anime,De,Mo,ii ,!a!Japanese!pop!culture!event,!seasonal!events!such!as! Joya,no,Kane ,! new!year!toll!for!new!year,!and! Ta nabata ,!a!start!festival!in!July.!In!the!past,!JASI!brought! Rakugo ! performance!twice!to!Des!Moines. !

In!addition,!JASI!provides!cultural!demonstrations!and!workshops!at!local!schools!and! communities!several!times!in!the!year. !

Strengths:&

Monthly!meeting! !

J ASI’s!special!events!such!as!Anime!De!Mo!ii!(Japanese!pop!culture!event),!Tanabata,! Joya!no!Kane!and!Japanese!movie!event! !

Cultural!outreach!though!local!events!such!as!IAA’s!Asian!Heritage!Festival,!White!Eagle! Pow!Wow!and!Des!Moines!Metro!Arts’!Jazz!in!J uly !

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A!few!Japan!affiliated!companies !

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Provide!enough!activities!that!draw!the!members!a nd!public!interests. !

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Lack!of!opportunities!to!bring!major!artists!or!touring!events!to!Des!Moines. !

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JASI!organizes!many!different!programs!and!activities!that!fit!different!people.!!In!the!future,! many!activities!are!organized! though!out!the!year!and!long!term,!sustainable!activities!and! programs!that!many!people!can!actually!participate. !

Second,!SPICE!would!like!to!invite!a!cadre!of!Japanese!high!school!teachers!to!a!conference!on! U.S. – Japan!relations!at!Stanford!University!to ! engage!in!dialog!with!American!teachers.!The! main!purpose!of!the!conference!would!be!to!discuss!the!teaching!of!controversial!topics!like!the! Japanese!attack!on!Pearl!Harbor,!the!atomic!bombings!of!Japan,!and!U.S.!troops!in!Japan.! !

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Japan&Artists&Information&Directory,&Five&College&Center&for&East&Asian&Studies&& Anne!Prescott! Director !

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The!Five!College!Center!for! East!Asian!Studies!(FCCEAS)!( www.fivecolleges.edu/fcceas )!is!one!of! many!programs!administered!by!Five!Colleges,!Incorporated.!The!member!institutions!of!the! consortium!are:!Amherst,!Hampshire,!Mount!Holyo ke,!and!Smith!Colleges,!and!the!University!of! Massachusetts!Amherst.!In!addition!to!the!Center's!commitment!to!undergraduate!East!Asian! studies!at!the!five!institutions,!we!aim!to!support,!encourage,!and!improve!the!teaching!of!East! Asian!cultures!in!eleme ntary,!middle,!and!secondary!schools,!and!two > ! and!four > year!colleges!in! the!Northeast.!We!work!to!improve!the!quality,!quantity,!and!distribution!of!resources!for! teaching!about!East!Asia!at!the!college!and!pre > college!levels,!and!to!offer!opportunities!f or!pre > college!educators!to!experience!East!Asian!cultures!firsthand.!The!Center!maintains!a!Resource! Library,!publishes!a!weekly!e > bulletin,!and!conducts!webinars,!seminars,!institutes,!conferences,! and!workshops!for!college!and!pre > college!educators.!The ! Center!also!houses!the!Japan!Artists! Information!Directory!(JAID)!project.!

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FCCEAS!is!one!of!seven ! national!coordinating!sites!for!the!National!Consortium!for!Teaching! about!Asia!(NCTA;! www.nctasia.org ) ! which!conducts!K > 12!educator!professional!development! training!throughout!the!US. ! Funded!by!the!Freeman!Foundation,!NCTA!is!a!multi > year!initiative! to!encourage!and!facilitate!teaching!and!learning!about!East!Asia!in!elementary!and!secondary! schools!nation wide.!FCCEAS!coordinates!NCTA!programs!in!ME,!NH,!VT,!MA,!RI,!CT!and!upstate! NY.! !

FCCEAS!also!conducts!study!tours!to!East!Asia!( www.fcceasjapanstudytour.wordpress.com )!for! educators!who!have!co mpleted!30!hours!of!NCTA!training.!Our!most!recent!study!tour,!to!Japan!

in!July!2012,!was!funded!by!a!US!Department!of!Education!Fulbright!Hays!Group!Project!Abroad!

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Our!webinars!( https://www .fivecolleges.edu/fcceas/webinar ),!begun!in!2010,!provide! professional!development!to!educators!and!others!interested!in!learning!more!about!East!Asia.! Using!webinar!technology!allows!us!to!bring!top!experts!to!a!nationwide!(and!worldwide)! audience,!inclu ding!those!who!live!or!work!in!areas!without!ready!access!to!quality!resources!on! East!Asia.!We!are!also!developing!curriculum!materials!to!accompany!past!webinars,!which!are! archived!for!viewing!after!the!initial!presentation.!Average!attendance!in!2011 > 1 2!was!30! participants!per!webinar,!and!topics!ranged!from! Teaching,the,3/11,Disaster,in,Japan ! to! Islam, and,Muslims,in,China .!Japan > related!webinars!are!supported!by!a!grant!from!the!US > Japan! Foundation.!! !

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The!Japan!Artists!Information!Directory!(JAID)! ( https://www.fivecolleges.edu/jaid )!project,! funded!by!the!Japan!Foundation!Center!for!Global!Partnership!(CGP),!is!a!database!of! information!on!US > based!teachers!and!performers!(regardless!of!nationality)! of!traditional! Japanese!arts.!Created!to!enhance!mutual!understanding!between!the!US!and!Japan!by! improving!the!visibility!of!and!access!to!traditional!Japanese!performing!artists!and!their!arts,! the!JAID!database!is!available!online!for!organizations!and! individuals!who!are!seeking! information!on!performers!or!teachers!in!the!US. !

FCCEAS!also!offers!occasional!one > time!workshops!and!presentations,!including!summer!short! courses,!in!western!Massachusetts. !

Strengths:&

FCCEAS!draws!on!the!resources!and!expert ise!of!more!than!80!East!Asia!specialists!at!our!five! institutions,!providing!educators!and!others!in!the!region!with!unparalleled!depth!and!breadth! of!knowledge.!As!an!NCTA!national!coordinating!site,!we!offer!educators!in!our!region! opportunities!beyond! their!local!school,!state!and!region,!and!well!as!access!to!a!network!of! like > minded!professionals!across!the!US. !

FCCEAS!director!Anne!Prescott!is!an!ethnomusicologist!specializing!in!Japanese!music!who!also! has!experience!as!a!K > 12!teacher.!Her!training! and!experience!as!a!classroom!teacher,!eight! years!of!residency!and!professional!connections!in!Japan,!and!knowledge!of!traditional!Japanese! (and!other!East!Asian)!arts!position!FCCEAS!as!a!leader!both!in!teacher!professional! development!training!and!progr amming!on!Japanese!traditional!arts.! !

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Our!biggest!challenge!continues!to!be!funding.!In!addition,!creating!awareness!of!our!programs! and!the!vital!need!for!them!is!an!ongoing!objective.!For!the!JAID!project!specifically,!we! continue!to!seek!ou t!existing!networks!through!which!we!can!publicize!the!endeavor!as!well!as! solicit!data!from!artists!for!inclusion!in!the!database.! !

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There!is!great!interest!in!the!“exotic”!arts!and!culture!of!Japan!in!the!US,!but!we!must!continue! to!demystify!the m!for!the!general!public!by!educating!people!on!the!basics!of!these!arts.! Interest!in!popular!culture!(e.g.!manga,!anime),!food!culture!(e.g.!sushi),!film,!etc.!can!be!utilized! to!raise!awareness!of!traditional!culture.!Specialists!in!Japanese!arts!should! be!offered! opportunities!to!present!to!non > academic!audiences!in!order!to!clarify!these!traditions!and! make!them!more!accessible.!Funding!for!such!activities,!including!publications,!would!greatly! enhance!Japan’s!soft!power!and!mutual!understanding!between ! our!two!countries. !

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Concordia&Language&Villages & Patricia!Thornton ! Director!of!Summer!Programs!

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Since!1961,!Concordia!Language!Villages!has!been!a!nationally!recog nized!language!and!cultural! immersion!program,!with!a!mission!of!preparing!young!people!for!responsible!citizenship!in!our! global!community.!Concordia!Language!Villages!is!a!flagship!program!of!Concordia!College,!a! liberal!arts!college!founded!in!1891!in!M oorhead,!Minnesota!which!has!been!recognized!and! respected!for!years!for!its!commitment!to!international!education.!!The!Language!Villages! conducts!language!and!culture!learning!programs!for!pre > K!through!adulthood,!and!we!take! pride!in!offering!immersion! opportunities!for!youth!from!across!the!United!States!who!might! not!otherwise!have!a!language!available!to!them.!A!Language!Villages!experience!is!a!simulated! abroad!visit!in!one!of!our!fifteen!languages,!and!their!multiple!cultures,!including!Japanese.!We ! have!built!seven!architecturally!authentic!sites!located!near!Bemidji,!Minnesota,!and!other! Language!Villages!operate!at!leased!sites!through!the!state!that!are!made!authentic!through!the! extensive!use!of!realia.!!Culturally!genuine!cuisine!is!a!hallmark! experience!at!each!Village.!We! attract!11,000!participants!annually!from!all!50!states!and!more!than!40!countries.! !

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One,!two,!and!four > week!summer!programs!are!designed!to!offer!7 > 18!year!olds!experiences! from!introductory!level!to!high!schoo l!and!college!level!course!work.!The!four > week!session!is! the!equivalent!of!one!high!school!year!of!language!instruction.!Weekend!immersion!programs! are!offered!throughout!the!school!year!for!high!school!and!college!students,!and!families.!Adult! programs!i nclude!immersion!weeks,!customized!professional!training!sessions!and!graduate > level!Teacher!Seminars.!!Pre > K!programs!are!offered!in!the!twin!cities!metro!area. !

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Concordia!Language!Villages!is!the!only!pre > collegiate!program!in!the!United!State s!to!sponsor!

three!Asian!languages!(Chinese!as!of!1984,!Japanese!1988!and!Korean!1999);!Russian!has!been!

taught!since!1966.!Participants,!or!"villagers,"!return!summer!after!summer!to!all!of!the!

Language!Villages!(50%!returnee!rate).!The!experiential,!resi dential!setting!fully!immerses!the! participants!in!the!culture!of!the!countries!where!the!language!is!spoken!through!food,!music,! sports,!dance,!games,!and!activities.!!In!many!cases,!we!may!be!the!only!learning!option!for!our! participants!as!more!and!more ! language!programs!are!cut!in!schools!across!the!US. !

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The!number!of!schools!offering!Japanese!language!instruction!seem!to!be!decreasing!across!the! country,!and!in!the!Midwest!the!numbers!were!never!comparatively!strong.!Given!the! prol iferation!of!Chinese!programs!in!almost!all!school!districts,!Japanese!instruction!is,!in!fact,!in! jeopardy.!With!a!shift!in!world!focus!to!other!parts!of!Asia,!the!economic,!social!and!political! relationship!between!the!peoples!of!Japan!and!the!United!Sta tes!has!never!been!more! important.!It!is!critical!that!American!youth!begin!the!study!of!Japanese!language!and!culture!at! a!young!age!to!be!better!prepared!to!address!issues!of!mutual!global!concern.! !

Since!1988,! Mori,no,Ike ! has!enrolled!300!to!400!studen ts!aged!7!to!18!from!all!50!of!the!United! States!every!summer!in!one > ,!two > ! and!four > week!sessions,!the!latter!being!the!equivalent!of! one!year!of!high!school!language!instruction.! Mori,no,Ike ! has!long!served!as!an!incubator!of! interest!for!students!seriou s!about!pursuing!the!study!of!Japanese!in!college!to!develop! advanced!levels!of!proficiency.!The!Japanese!Language!Village!often!provides!many!students! with!their!only!link!to!modern!Japan.! It ! represents!a!prominent!living!symbol!of!Japan!in!the! heart!of!t he!American!Midwest.! !

Popular!American!images!of!Japan!are!often!found!in!anime!and!manga,!a!limited! representation!of!the!reality!of!the!complexity!and!aesthetic!of!Japanese!culture.! Mori,no,Ike ’s! curriculum!brings!both!historic!and!modern!Japan!to!life! for!young!Americans. ! For! example, ! Mori,no,Ike ! participants!discover!the!depth!and!beauty!of!Japanese!traditions!such!as! tea!ceremony!and!dance,!as!well!as!learn!about!modern!Japan!as!a!powerhouse!of!economic,! technological!and!scientific!advancement. ! ! !

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The!ideal!scenario!in!K > 12!education!within!the!US!involves!growth!in!Japanese!language! learning.!It!is!important!that!Americans!remember!that!Japan!is!still!one!of!the!top!economies!in! the!world,!and!a!strategic!ally!and!partner!for!the!US.!Keeping! Japanese!language!and!culture! education!vibrant!and!strong!across!the!US!is!key!and!necessary.!It!is!our!intent!to!begin!a! capital!campaign!to!build!an!architecturally!authentic!Japanese!Language!Village!to!join!our! other!similar!sites!on!Turtle!River!Lake ! near!Bemidji,!MN.!Language!Villages!intends!to!keep!the! importance!of!Japanese!foremost!in!the!minds!of!educational!policy!makers,!practitioners,! parents,!and!students. !

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Community Exchanges Working Group Summary

Nancy!Huppert!

Global!Envoy!&!Past!Board!Chair! Sister!C ities!International !

For!25!years!I!have!been!promoting!community!relations!programs!as!an!essential!component!

to!cultural!understanding!and!world!peace.!There!are!a!number!of!citizen!diplomacy!groups!and! at!the! J > Center! Conference!I!was!able!to!interact!w ith!representatives!from!the!U.S.!Japan! Council,!United!Planet,!Heart!of!America!Japan > America!Society,!Michigan/Shiga!Student! Exchange!Program,!and!The!Laurasian!Institution.!Along!with!the!common!focus!of!community!

relations,!we!share!similar!strengths!a nd!challenges.!The!pr ogram!that!I!have!fostered!is!Sister!

C ities.!I!have!served!as!President!of!my!local!program!of!11!twinnings!as!well!as!at!the!national!

level!with!Sister!Cities!International. !

! ! Sister!Cities!International!is!a!nonprofit!citizen!diploma cy!organization!that!creates!and!
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Sister!Cities!International!is!a!nonprofit!citizen!diploma cy!organization!that!creates!and!
strengthens!partnerships!between!the!U.S.!and!international!communities,!promoting!peace!
through!mutual!respect,!understanding,!and!cooperation! – ! one!individual,!one!community!at!a!
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The!Sister!C ities!program!was!initi ated!by!President!Eis enhower!i n!1956.!!The!President!had!
come!through!World!War! II! and!was!in!the!throes!of!the!cold!war!and!he!knew!that!peace!would!
never!be!a!reality!if!left!solely!to!politicians!and!diplomats.!He!felt!that!it!was!incumbent!upon!all!
Ame ricans,!ordinary!people,!to!reach!out!to!their!counterparts!around!the!world,!and!for!
communities!to!bond!with!common!interests!and!concerns.!Thus!citizen!diplomacy!was!
formalized. !
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Sister!Cities!International!serves!as!the!national!membership!organization ! for!individual!sister!

cities,!counties,!and!states!in!the!United!States,!uniting!a!!network!of!over!50,000!citizen!

diplomats,!educators,!political!and!business!leaders,!youth!and!volunteers!in!nearly!2 , 000! pr ograms!in!136!countries!across!six ! continents.! Exchange!themes!and!projects!range!from! soccer!teams,!chefs,!fireman!and!police,!to!solutions!for!clean!water!and!disposal!systems.!The! possibilities!for!exchanges!are!only!limited!by!our!imagination.!

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U.S./Japan!sister!cities!compose!the!largest!portion ! of!our!membership!network!with!over!170!

partnerships.!After!World!War ! II ! there!was!a!great!rush!for!cities!in!the!United!States!to!twin! with!cities!in!both!Germany!and!Japan.!The!oldest! such! relationship! is!between!St. ! Paul,!

Minnesota!and!Nagasaki,!Japan! over!60!years!ago.

Although!U.S./Japan!sister!cities!are!the!most!numerous!and!some!of!the!oldest,!there!has!been! a!general!lull!in!activity.!Countries , ! like!fashion , ! go!in!and!out!of!vogue.!Over!the!past!decade! economic!restraints!in!b oth!countries,!agin g!volunteers, ! a!decrease!in!private!and!grant!funding , ! dif ficulties!finding!host!families, ! as! well!as!climatic!catastrophes! have!transpired!to!limit!interest! and!activity. !

The!Leading!Asia/ Renewing!the!U.S. > Japan!Sister!Cities!Network!program!sent!seven!d elegations! to!Japan!to!focus!on!economic!development!and!cultural!engagement.!!All!of!the!projects!have! had!positive!results!and!renewed!activity.!As!the!economic!climate!improves,!additional!grant! programs!will!motivate!additional!exchanges!for!all!commun ity!relations!oriented!organizations. ! We!know!that!the!future!and!well!being!of!all!cities!and!towns!depends!to!a!large!degree!on! how!well!they!plan!for!and!deal!with!global!inter > connection.!We!must!make!cultural! connections!and!expand!our!working!relatio nships!with!global!partners!so!that!we!can!continue! to!collaborate!for!the!long!term. !

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J-Conference Panelist Reports: Community Exchanges

U.S. ; Japan&Council & Anna!Cable ! Program!Manager !

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The!U.S. > Japan!Council!(USJC)!is!a!501(c)3!non > profit!ed ucational!organization!that!contributes! to!strengthening!U.S. > Japan!relations!by!exploring!issues!that!benefit!communities,!businesses! and!government!entities!on!both!sides!of!the!Pacific.!The!Council!promotes!people > to > people! relations!as!crucial!to!a!str ong!U.S. > Japan!relationship. !

Recognizing!the!catalytic!role!that!Japanese!Americans!play!in!strengthening!U.S. > Japan!relations,! the!Council!cultivates!a!national!network!of!Japanese!American!leaders.!USJC!collaborates!with! other!organizations!to!develop!p rograms!that!allow!Council!Members!to!engage!with!their! Japanese!counterparts!and!leaders!in!the!U.S. !

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USJC!and!its!Members!are!committed!to!accelerating!the!exchange!of!information!through! meetings!and!symposia!as!well!as!business!and!legisla tive!networks!between!Japanese! Americans,!Japanese!and!U.S.!leaders.!USJC!programs!and!events!drive!the!dialogue!on!key! topics!with!significant!potential!for!collaboration.!Each!year,!USJC!coordinates,!organizes!and! hosts!regional,!national!and!internation al!programs!based!on!building!people > to > people! relationships,!such!as!the!Annual!Conference!and!Japanese!American!Leadership!Delegation.!

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Led!by!the!U.S.!Government!and!USJC!and!supported!by!the!Japanese!Government,! TOMODACHI!is!a!public > private!partnershi p!that!supports!Japan’s!recovery!from!the!Great!East! Japan!Earthquake.!Through!educational,!entrepreneurship!and!leadership,!and!sports!and! cultural!exchange!programs,!TOMODACHI!invests!in!the!next!generation!of!Japanese!and! Americans!in!ways!that!deepen!t he!long > term!friendship!between!the!U.S.!and!Japan. !

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Led!by!Japanese!Americans!to!broaden!and!re > imagine!the!U.S. > Japan!relationship,!USJC!is!an! incubator!organization!that:! !

Shares!ideas,!builds!people > to > people!connections!and!enacts!change; !

R ecruits!proactive!and!entrepreneurial!thinkers; !

Responds!to!external!factors!and!adapts. !

Utilizing!the!support!of!the!U.S.!and!Japanese!governments,!TOMODACHI:!

Connects!financial,!human!and!in > kind!resources!with!projects!and!organizations! contributing!to! investment!in!our!next!generation; !

Engages!with!passionate!individuals!including!celebrities!and!thought > leaders!to! showcase!U.S.!support!for!Japan. !

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USJC!and!TOMODACHI!strive!to!improve!the!following!trends!in!the!U.S.> Japan!relationship: !

D eclining!numbers!in!educational!and!legislative!exchanges!between!the!U.S.!and!Japan,! in!particular!the!number!of!Japanese!students!studying!in!the!U.S.!and!the!number!of! U.S.!legislators!traveling!to!Japan; !

The!perceived!shift!within!the!U.S.!toward!China ! from!Japan,!in!particular!perceived! mutual!exclusivity!in!support!of!Japan!and!China. !

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The!vision!of!USJC!is!a!vibrant!Asia!Pacific!region!through!engaged!and!interconnected! communities!committed!to!the!U.S. > Japan!relationship. !

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TOMODACHI!seeks!to ! foster!the!next!generation!of!Japanese!and!Americans,!a!“TOMODACHI! generation”!of!driven!doers,!thinkers!and!creators!who!are!invested!in!the!future!of!U.S.> Japan! relations!and!possess!the!globally > oriented!skills!and!mindsets!needed!to!thrive. !

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As!USJC’s!networks!and!Membership!are!currently!strongest!on!the!East!and!West!Coasts,!the!J Center!could!strengthen!the!work!of!USJC!and!TOMODACHI!through: !

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Connections!with!organizations!supportive!of!and!engaged!in!the!U.S. > Japan!relationshi within!the!Midwest; !

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Expansion!of!U.S. > Japan!exchange!programs!in!the!Midwest,!an!area!currently! underrepresented!in!U.S. > Japan!programming,!which!is!concentrated!on!the!Coasts. !

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J-Conference Panelist Reports: Community Exchanges !

United&Planet & Theresa!H iggs ! Vice!President!of!Global!Operations!

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United!Planet!was!founded!by!Executive!Director!David!Santulli!in!2001!to!encourage!more!

people > to > people!connections!across!cultures.!!As ! an!international!non > profit!organization,! United!Planet’s! global! network!of!leaders!and!volunteers!fosters!cross > cultural!understanding,! and!addresses!shared!challenges!to!unite!the!world!in!a!community!beyond!borders.!!The! principle!that!animates!everything!we!do!is!the!concept!of!Relational!Diplomacy & >> ! recognizing! th at!the!relationship!between!people!of!diverse!backgrounds!is!the!basic!building!block!for! uniting!the!world.! !

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United!Planet's!holistic!approach!integrates!international,!local,!and!online!initiatives!to!

facilitate!ongoing! cross > cultural! engag ement.!Ou r!largest!program!is!the!Quest!V olunteer!

A broad!program,!where!we!send!and!receive!about!500!international!volunteers!annually.!!The!

Quest!program!is!available! for!a!duration!of!1 ! week!to!1!year!in!40!different!countries!with!a! focus!on!community! immersion!and!sustainable!volunteer!work.!!Most!Quest!programs!include! homestays!with!local!families,!cultural!activities,!language!lessons,!excursions!and!30 > 40! hours/week!of!volunteer!work!at!a!local!organization. !!! Our!on > line!community!and!presence! con nects!people!virtually!from!around!the!world.!!The!Ambassador!Program!empowers!people! of!all!ages!to!become!catalysts!for!change.!This!program!places!the!tools!for!change ,!through! service!and!cultural!learning, ! in!the!hands!of!individuals!and!clubs!in!scho ols!and!communities! around!the!world. !

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United!Planet!is!the!proud!recipient!of!a!3 > year!grant!from!The!Japan!Foundation’s!Center!for! Global!Partnership.!!United!Planet’s!! J > Center!Volunteer!Leaders²!Program ! creates!opportunities! for!Japanese!and!American!v olunteers!from!underserved!areas!to!immerse!in!each!other’s! countries!through!volunteer!work!as!they!support!local!organizations.! !! !

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Our!integrative!approach!allows!people!to!engage!in!cross > cultural!dialogue!and!learning,!no! matter!where!they! are!from!or!what!access!to!resources!they!have.!Through!our!programs,!we! have!a!w ide!international!network!of! staff,! partners!and!communities,! enabling!us!to!provide! options!and!support!for!international!volunteers!while!increasing!capacity!and!skills!for!local! host!communities.!!All!of!our!programs!create!op portunities!for!personal!growth!and!increasing! cultural!awareness!for!i ndividuals!who!choose!to,!in!some!way,!venture!out!of!their!comfort! zones . !! Also,!many!Volunteer!Abroad!organizations!based!in!the! U.S.!focus!solely!on!sending!U.S.! Americans!to!other!countries.!!While!we!offer!these!programs,!we!also!accept!international! volunteers!into!the!U.S.,!creating!a!bi > lateral!exchange!and!exposing!more!U.S.!Americans!to! new!cultures. !

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Voluntee r!A broad! as!a!field! has!grown!exponentially!in! the! past!decade!with!many!new! organizations!offering!programs.!!Some!are!well!run!and! care!for!both!the!volunteers!and!the! host!communities .!!Others! are ! driven!by!profit! with!little!regard!for!the!effects!(pos itive!and! negative)!these!programs!may!have!on!individuals!and!communities.!!It ! i s!a!complicated!field! with!many!stakeholders!and!constant!opportunities!for!things!to!go! badly . !! Our!challenge!is!first! to!run!a!solid,!caring!program,!addressing!the!needs!an d!interests!of!all!stakeholders.!!Our! second!challenge!is!educating!people!about!the!potential!benefits!and!downfalls!of!these!types! of!programs!and!encouraging!them!to!choose!sustainable!and!legitimate!programs. !

We!know!that!at!this!time,!only!those!who! can!afford!to!travel!abroad!are!the!ones!who!can! participate!in!these!types!of!programs.!!We!w ould!love!to!have!funding!to!send!more!people! abroad!who!would!not!otherwise!have!this!opportunity.!! We!are!w orking!with!other! org anizations ! in!the!field!to!make! this!happen,!and!have!been!able!to!do!it!a!few!times,!but!it!is! a!slow!process.! !

Specifically!in!Japan,!we!have!found!challenges!with!finding! local! families!and!project! organizations!to!host!volunteers.!!Also,!cultural!differences!are!wide,!creating!great ! opportunities!for!learning,!but!also!greater!chances!for!mistakes!and!misunderstandings. !! Additional!training!and!support!are!needed!for!volunteers!living!with!a!Japanese!host!family!and! working!at!local!organizations. !

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United!Planet!envisions!a!U .S. > Japan!volunteer!program!that!sends!both!students!and! professionals!from!diverse!parts!of!the!U.S.!and!Japan,!with!a!special!focus!on!under > served! areas,!to!learn!about!shared!global!issues,!immerse!in!local!culture!and!language,!develop! problem > solving ! and!leadership!skills,!and!promote!international!collaboration.!This!vibrant! bilateral!volunteer!exchange!of!students!and!professionals!will!inspire!awareness!of!shared! global!issues!and!cross > cultural!understanding!and!mutual!appreciation!and!friendship. ! ! These! physical!exchanges!are!empowered!by!pre!and!post! trip! online!collaboration!and!continued! opportunities!for!engagement!both!locally!and!internationally. !

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The!J > Center!can!support!volunteer!exchange!programs!between!Japan!and!th e!American! Midwest!by!spreading!the!word!that!these!programs!exist!to!its!network.!!Perhaps!the!J > Center! could!sponsor!one!or!more!volunteers!from!the!Midwest!to!go!to!Japan,!or!vice > versa,!and!when! they!return,!these!participants!can!be!advocates!for!U.S.> Japan!exchange.!!Also,!the!J > Center!can! serve!as!a!resource!on!cultural!information!for!organizations!like!ours!and!our!program! participants.!!This!will!be!very!helpful!in!creating!successful!exchanges.!

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J-Conference Panelist Reports: Community Exchanges

Heart&of&America&Japan ; America&Society & Francis!P.!Lemery ! Honorary!Consul!General!of!Japan!at!Kansas!City !

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The! Heart,of,America,Japan / America,Society ! was!founded!in!1962!to!promote!social,!cultural! and!educational!exchanges!between!the!citizens ! of!Japan!and!the!United!States.!It!is!a!non > profit,!non > political!501(c)(3)!tax > exempt!organization.!Our!Society!has!no!paid!staff.!All!of!the! work!of!the!Society!is!done!through!volunteers.!The!Society!is!a!member!of!the!National! Association!of!Japan > Ame rica!Societies. !

The!Society’s!Mission!Statement!is:! “To,further,understanding,between,the,peoples,of,Japan,and, the,greater,Kansas,City,area,by,promoting,social,,cultural,and,educational,exchanges.”,

The!Society!has!over!250!individual!members.!Annual!studen t!exchanges!with!our!Kansas!City,!

Missouri!Sister!City!of!Kurashiki!each!summer!have!seen!over!120!students!from!Kansas!City!

travel!to!Kurashiki!and!over!300!Kurashiki!students!travel!to!Kansas!City. !

In!July!of!2012!the!Society!celebrated!its!50 th ! Annivers ary!with!a! Sakura,Celebration, at!the! Nelson > Atkins!Museum!of!Art,!which!was!attended!by!Japanese!Ambassador!Ichiro!Fujisaki,!

Consul!General!Yoshifumi!Okamura!of!Chicago!and!over!320!individuals!including!

representatives!from!our!Sister!City,!Kurashiki,!in! Okayama. !

At!the!same!event,!the!Society!celebrated!the!40 th ! Anniversary!of!our!Sister!City!relationship! between!Kansas!City,!Missouri!and!Kurashiki. !

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The!largest!event!held!by!the!Society!each!year!is!the!Annual!Greater!Kansas!City!Japan!Festiv al! held!in!late!September!or!early!October!at!the!Johnson!County!Community!College!in!Overland! Park,!Kansas.!The!2012!Festival!will!be!the!15 th ! annual!Festival.!The!Festival!features!traditional! Japanese!musical!performances,!a!Japanese!Candy!Artist,!tradi tional!Japanese!food,!a!bazaar,! exhibits!of!many!Japanese!artifacts,!a!Japanese!Cultural!Village!with!activities!for!children!(and! adults),!workshops!and!cultural!presentation,!martial!arts!demonstrations!and!workshops,!and! Anime!and!Manga!activities.!The! Festival!attendance!in!2011!was!over!4,600. !

In!addition!to!an!annual!Shinnenkai!dinner,!monthly!meetings,!dine> a > rounds!at!local!Japanese! restaurants,!an!annual!language!contest!for!high!school!students,!annual!student!exchanges! with!our!Sister!City!of!Ku rashiki,!the!Society!participates!in!the!Annual!Kansas!City!Ethnic!

Enrichment!Festival!at!in!Swope!Park.!Over!60!countries!are!represented!at!booths,!which!sell!

food!from!their!various!countries.!The!Society’s!booth!offers!traditional!Japanese!food!items!a nd! bazaar!items,!plus!educational!material!on!Japan,!including!travel!opportunities.!

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The!Society’s!strengths!include!the!dedicated!group!of!volunteers!that!serve!as!Board!members! of!officers!of!the!Society!and!the!many,!many!willing!volunte ers!who!step!forward!to!plan,! organize!and!run!all!of!the!Society’s!many!events!and!exchanges. !

I!served!as!President!of!the!Society!for!five!years!from!2002!to!2007!and!continue!to!be!an!active!

volunteer!for!many!or!most!of!the!events!held!by!the!Society. ! I!am!the!Executive!Director!of!the! Greater!Kansas!City!Japan!Festival!and!have!served!in!that!capacity!for!almost!ten!years. !

In!my!capacity!of!Honorary!Consul!General!of!Japan!at!Kansas!City,!I!feel!that!I!am!able!to! provide!a!level!of!outside!support!to ! the!Society.!!In!addition,!in!my!capacity!as!Honorary!Consul! General!I!am!able!to!assist!the!Society!in!making!contacts!with!local!governments,!governmental! officials,!businesses,!Chambers!of!Commerce!and!the!community!at!large.!

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The!biggest! challenge!to!the!Society!is!funding!for!our!events!and!the!work!that!we!do!in!the! Greater!Kansas!City!area.!With!the!softness!of!the!economy,!we!have!struggled!to!continue!to! raise!monies!in!sufficient!quantities!to!continue!our!events.!This!is!a!potential ! “trend”!that! causes!us!significant!concern!for!the!future.!A!second!concern!for!the!future!is!an!adequate!pool! of!enthusiastic!volunteers!to!lead!our!Society!and!provide!support!for!our!many!activities.! Fortunately!this!has!not!been!a!current!problem,!as! we!always!seem!to!have!new!and!willing! volunteers!to!step!in!and!guide!the!activities!of!the!Society. !

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An!ideal!scenario!of!the!state!of!U.S > Japan!relations!in!the!Greater!Kansas!City!area!would! include!a!vibrant!Heart!of!America!Japan > America!Soci ety!that!promotes!our!Mission!and!our! core!activities!to!reach!out!to!the!citizens!in!the!Greater!Kansas!City!area!to!educate!them!about! the!culture!of!Japan. !

A!critical!and!important!initiative!will!be!to!ensure!that!the!Japanese!language!programs!offere d! in!local!high!schools!continue.!These!programs!provide!the!support!for!the!future!cultural! interest!in!Japan.!If!these!language!programs!continue!into!the!future,!our!job!of!promoting!the! culture!will!be!significantly!enhanced. !

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The ! new!J > Center!is!a!very!exciting!initiative!that!can!be!of!significant!support!in!our!attempts!in! the!Greater!Kansas!City!area!to!promote!the!Japanese!culture.!The!resources,!support,!

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Recognizing!the!cultural!foundations!of!economic,!political,!and!social!policy,!The!Laurasian! Institution!(TLI)!seeks!to!develop!individual!competency!in!dealing!with!and!among!diverse! cultures;!encourage!realistic!and!mutually!beneficial!methodolog ies!of!dealing!with!cultural! diversity;!and!create!educational!programs!and!coalitions!to!communicate!and!further!the! foregoing!while!giving!particular!attention!to!cultural!interactions!with!Asia.!During!TLI’s!twenty > two!year!history,!over!3,500!teachers! and!students!have!participated!as!members!of!our!study! tours!to!Japan!or!China!or!have!spent!an!academic!year!in!U.S.!high!schools!and!living!with!host! families.!We!also!have!Japanese!adult!participants!who!coordinate!Japan!programming!in! communities!throu ghout!the!Midwest!and!South!or!serve!as!assistant!Japanese!language! teachers.!! !

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The!Laurasian!Institution!administers!programs!that!engage!individuals!of!all!ages.!These! programs!include:!a!one > year!academic!year!exchange!program!for!Japanese ,!Korean,!and! Chinese!high!school!students.!These!students!either!attend!as!J > 1!or!F > 1!students.!Our!New! Perspectives:!Japan!is!a!two > week!study!tour!to!Japan!and!our!New!Perspectives:!China!is!a! three > week!study!tour!to!China.!The!former!is!open!to!middle ! and!high!school!students!and!their! teachers;!the!later!to!high!school!students!and!their!teachers.!!

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Our!grant!programs!include!the!Japan!Outreach!Initiative!(JOI)!program!that!is!jointly! administered!with!The!Japan!Foundation!Center!for!Global!Partnershi p!(CGP).!The!purpose!of!

the!JOI!program!is!to!place!a!Japanese!national!in!501c(3)!organizations!in!the!South!and!

Midwest.!These!individuals!conduct!outreach!programs!on!Japanese!language!and!culture!in! their!communities!and!surrounding!regions!as!well!as! provide!some!office!support.!Our! Japanese!Language!Education!Assistant!Program!(J > LEAP)!is!jointly!administered!with!The!Japan! Foundation!(JF).!The!purpose!of!J > LEAP!is!to!provide!trained!teaching!assistants!to!any!qualified!

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sent!1000!American!high!school!teachers!and!students!to!Japan!this!past!summer!and!will!be!
inviting!1000!Japanese!high!school!teachers!and!students ! to!the!U.S.!through!the!end!of!March.!
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TLI!has!created!its!programming!with!lifelong!learning!in!mind.!As!mentioned!earlier,!our! programs!engage!child ren!from!preschool!through!university.!!Our!program!participants!also! reach!out!to!adults!of!all!ages,!providing!programming!about!Japan!in!various!communities!

throughout!the!U.S.!For!example,!our!JOI!program!has!had!41!JOI!coordinators.!These!

individuals! have!created!programs!or!participated!in!the!organization!of!events!that!have!

reached!nearly!550,000!students!and!adults!in!25!states.!TLI!attempts!to!build!synergy!among!

our!programs!by!encouraging!school!groups!to!welcome!a!JOI!or!J > LEAP!participant!into ! their! schools,!hosting!Japanese!exchange!students,!or!traveling!to!Japan!on!our!New!Perspectives:! Japan!study!tour.!In!many!cases,!schools!that!host!our!exchange!students!participate!in!NP:J!and! visit!the!school!from!which!their!exchange!student!came.!We! also!try!to!connect!participants! with!their!sister!cities!in!Japan.!For!example,!one!of!our!current!JOI!coordinators!is!from!Gifu! and!she!is!working!at!the!Japan!America! ! Society!of!Greater!Ohio!that!is!located!in!Cincinnati — Gifu’s!sister!city.!We!hope!to! grow!these! connections!each!year.! !

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One!of!the!major!challenges!facing!our!organization!is!balancing!the!need!to!ensure!quality! attention!to!programming!(e.g.!maintaining!reasonable!staff!numbers)!against!the!reality!of! what!can!be!allocated!to ! staffing!from!the!grants!and!fees!received.!This!is!likely!a!common! theme!within!non > profit!organizations.!! !

The!grant!programs!related!to!Japanese!language!education!face!a!challenge!due!to!the!budget! cutbacks!in!the!support!of!K > 12!world!languages.!Sch ool!districts!have!eliminated!numerous! secondary!Japanese!language!programs!throughout!the!U.S. !

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In!5!years,!we!will!have!a!group!of!youth!committed!to!studying!about!Japan.!In!10!years,!this!

group!will!live!in!Japan,!working!as!JETs!or!in!other!ca pacities.!In!20!years,!these!students!will!be! young!professional!leaders!in!all!aspects!of!U.S.!society!and!able!to!maintain!strong!U.S. > Japan! ties!in!their!professional!and!personal!lives.! !

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• ! Serve!as!a!venue!to!inform!J > Center’s!co nstituents!about!our!programs ! •! !Engage!K > 12!administrators!in!workshops!on!how!to!bring!the!world!to!their!schools!through! exchange!programs ! •! !Engage!middle!and!high!school!humanities!teachers!about!importance!of!giving!this!age!group! the!opportunity!to! go!abroad ! • ! Engage!high!school!administrators!and!counselors!on!the!value!of!their!students!experiencing! a!semester!or ! yearlong!study!abroad!program !

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Michigan/Shiga&Student&Exchange&Program & Kathee!McDon ald ! Office!of!Gifted!and!Talented!Education!Director!

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The!Michigan!Department!of!Education!and!the!Shiga!Board!of!Education!initiated!the!

Michigan/Shiga!Student!Exchange!Program!in!1990.!!The!goal!of!the!program!was!to!expand!the!

relationship!bet ween!these!two!“sister”!states,!Michigan!and!Shiga!Prefecture,!Japan,!which!had!

been!established!in!1968.!!The!Office!of!Gifted!and!Talented!Education!at!Michigan!State!

University!has!been!administering!the!program!on!behalf!of!the!State!of!Michigan!since!1993.!!

As!an!exchange!program!created!specifically!for!high!school!students,!it!aims!to!create!ties!of! friendship,!education!and!understanding!between!the!two!states.! !

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The!MI/Shiga!Student!Exchange!allows!15! – ! 20!students!to!travel!to!Japan!e ach!summer!for!two! weeks!to!stay!with!a!host!family.!!The!Michigan!families!host!their!Japanese!student!in!early!

September.!!Up!to!30!students!from!throughout!the!state!of!Michigan!are!selected!to!attend!a!

Friday!night,!all!day!Saturday!orientation!on!the! MSU!campus!to!learn!about!Japanese!customs,! language!as!well!as!participate!in!activities!that!take!them!out!of!their!“comfort”!zone.!!The! students!who!are!selected!to!participate!in!the!program!are!contacted!immediately!after!the! orientation.!! !

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The!MI/Shiga!Student!Exchange!Program!supports!teachers!of!Japanese!in!Michigan.!!The! program!encourages!students!to!become!involved!in!future!educational!opportunities!that! involve!Japan!and!Japanese!language!such!as!the!Japan!Center!for!Michigan!Univer sities.!!They! co > sponsor!the!Michigan!Japanese!Quiz!Bowl!and!are!the!university!liaison!on!the!MI/Shiga! Sister!State!Committee.!!They!coordinate!scholarship!opportunities!for!students!who!participate! in!the!MI/Shiga!Student!Exchange!Program.!!We!have!also! provided!opportunities!for!individual! school!exchanges!to!observe!our!orientation!when!organizing!their!own!exchange!programs. !

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The!economic!downturn!in!Michigan!and!in!Japan!has!lead!to!a!decrease!from!20!to!15!students!

participating!in!the!MI /Shiga!Student!Exchange!Program.!!Providing!scholarships!for!students! also!continues!to!be!a!challenge.!!Fewer!students!in!Michigan!are!participating!in!Japanese! language!classes!as!schools!eliminate!foreign!language!options. !

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Ideally!I’d!li ke!to!see!more!involvement!from!other!regions!of!Michigan.!!The!vast!majority!of! participation!in!Japanese!language!programs!is!in!southeastern!Michigan.!!With!the!placement! of!the!MI!Japanese!Quiz!Bowl!at!MSU,!the!center!of!the!state,!we!hope!to!see!more! schools! become!involved!in!the!competition!and!participate!in!the!exchange!program.!

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Tara!Sonenshine!was!sworn!in!as!Under!Secretary!of!State!for!Public!Diplomacy!and! Public!Affairs!on!April!5,!2012.!She! was!formerly!Executive!Vice!President!of!the!United! States!Institute!of!Peace.!Sonenshine!served!in!various!capacities!at!the!White!House! during!the!Clinton!Administration,!including!Transition!Director!and!Director!of!Foreign! Policy!Planning!for!the!Nati onal!Security!Council!and!Special!Assistant!to!the!President! and!Deputy!Director!of!Communications!for!the!NSC.!Sonenshine!has!had!a! distinguished!career!in!communications!and!government,!with!high> level!experience!in! broadcast,!print,!and!online!media.!Sh e!is!the!recipient!of!10!News!Emmy!Awards!and! other!awards!in!journalism!for!broadcast!programs!on!domestic!and!international! issues.!

Norman!Mineta! is!Vice!Chairman!of!Hill!&!Knowlton!based!in!its!Washington,!DC!office.! He!is!recognized!for!his!expertise!i n!transportation!and!national!security,!as!well!as! accomplishments!in!economic!development,!science!and!technology!policy,!foreign!and! domestic!trade,!the!environment,!budgetary!issues!and!civil!rights.!Secretary!Mineta! served!in!Congress!for!over!20!years ! and!in!the!Cabinets!of!both!Republican!and!

Democratic!presidents.!For!almost!30!years,!Mineta!represented!San!Jose,!California,!

first!on!the!City!Council,!then!as!Mayor!and!from!1975– 1995!as!a!Member!of!Congress.! Secretary!Mineta!received!the!Presidential! Medal!of!Freedom,!the!highest!civilian!honor! in!the!U.S.,!and!the!Wright!Brothers!Memorial!Trophy,!awarded!for!significant!public! service!of!enduring!value!to!aviation!in!the!U.S.!

Robert!Karr,!Jr.! is!Of!Counsel!at!Jones!Day!Law!Firm!in!Chicago,!advising!corporations!on! developing!and!executing!their!global!expansion!plans.!Most!recently!Karr!served!for! two!years!as!in > house!counsel!in!Tokyo!at!a!Japanese!Fortune!Global!500!client.!Prior!to! his!law!career,!he!was!the!first!American!employee!of!a!major!Japan ese!construction! company!in!Tokyo.!Karr!has!served!as!chairman!of!the!board!of!the!Chicago!Sister!Cities!

International!Program,!member!of!the!Chicago!2016!Olympic!Committee,!and!board!

member!of!the!Midwest!U.S. > Japan!Association.!He!also!served!as!an!advisor!for!the! Osaka!City!Revitalization!Committee!and!is!currently!the!Executive!Vice!President!of!the! Japan > America!Society!of!Chicago. !

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Ed!Gragert!is!the!founder!of!iEARN> USA.!Since!1988,!iEARN!(International!Education!and! Resource!Network)!has!pioneered!the!educational!use!of!innovative!communications! technology!and!teacher!professional!development!to!facilitate!online!collaborative! project > based!learning!in!elementary!and!secondary!schools!in!130!other!countries! worldwide.!Approximately!two!million!students!work!daily!on!collaborative!projects! through!iEARN.!He!was!previously!the!Executive!Director!of!ICYE&US,!and!also!served!on! the!staff!of!the!International!Relations!Committee!of!the!U.S.!House!of!Representatives.!

Stephen!Nussbaum! is!the!Director!of!Student!International!Academic!Affairs!and!the! Study!Abroad!Office!at!the!University!of!Illinois,!which!boasts!among!the!largest!and!

most!diverse!education!abroad!portfolios!in!the!United!States.!Well!over!2,000!students!

participate!in!more!than!200!programs!located!in!60!countries!around!the!world.!

Throughout!his!career!Nussbaum!has!been!active!in!building!networks!to!support! international!education,!first!at!Earlham!College,!where!he!arranged!faculty!and!student! exchanges,!and!later!in!several!roles!at!Waseda!University!in!Tokyo.!Nussbaum! completed!his!Ph.D.!in!Anthropology!at!Cornell!University!with!minor!fields!in!East!Asian! Linguistics!and!Japanese!Studies. !

Peter!Kelley!is!President!of!the!National!Association!of!Japan > America!Societies!(NAJAS).! He!has!worked!with!Japan!in!both!the!private!and!not> for> profit!sectors.!From!1985– 2003,!he!worked!for!Teradyne,!Inc.,!a!Boston > based!supplier!of!semiconductor!test! equipment,!spending!five!years!each!in!Japan!and!Europe!and!establishing!the! company’s!Connection!Systems!Division!in!Japan.!From!2004– 2009,!he!was!Executive! Director!of!the!Harvard > ! Yenching!Institute!in!Cambridge,!Massachusetts,!an! independent!foundation!dedicated!to!the!promotion!of!the!humanities!in!higher! education!in!Asia. !

Nancy!Huppert! is!the!Global!Envoy!for!Sister!Cities!International!(SCI).!She! represents!SCI!at!international!conferences,!meetings!and!embassies!to!disseminate! information!and!support!new!global!relationships.!Prior!to!holding!this!position,!Huppert!

served!in!local!and!state!sister!city!positions!for!more!than!14!years.!She!has!lectured!

locally,!nationally!and!internationally!on!both!innovative!education!programs!and!sister!

cities!activities.!She!is!the!recipient!of!numerous!awards,!among!them!the!Lifetime!

Achievement!Award!bestowed!by!the!United!Nations.!

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THE HONORABLE NORMAN MINETA | CHAIR Vice Chair | Hill & Knowlton

MS. YUME HIDAKA Outreach Coordinator | The Laurasian Institution

DR. TOKO IGARASHI Professor of Clinical Psychology | Joetsu University of Education

MR. ROBERT W. KARR, JR. Principal | Masuda Funai Law Firm

MR. PETER KELLEY

President

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DR. SACHIKO MURPHY Director of Japanese Program | Des Moines Public Schools

DR. DOWNING THOMAS Associate Provost & Dean of International Programs | University of Iowa

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