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What is JASC?
︎︎︎The Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) is a student-led exchange program, initiated in 1934 by university students concerned by the breakdown of bilateral relations prior to the Second World War. Today, an equal number of students from the U.S. and Japan are competitively selected each year to spend one summer month together, studying and analyzing Japan-U.S. relations while visiting four diverse regions in the host country. JASC alternates its host country every year, emphasizing the personal connections between two distinct cultures gathered together in one place.
The Japan-U.S. relationship is long-standing, but each JASC is innovative and new. By exploring this relationship on multiple levels (e.g. politics, trade, culture, news media), students gain knowledge and confidence to discuss, debate, and co-create bilateral and international relations.
Visions: perspectives reflected from the past—together understanding, contributions for the future
The 76th Japan-America Student Conference, this year held in the United States, celebrates its 90th anniversary of fostering peace through people-to-people diplomacy and empowering the next generation of global leaders. This year’s theme of Visions represents our foundations in and commitment to the conference’s history and legacy while also reiterating our responsibility to contribute towards future generations. Through cross-cultural collaboration and sincere dialogue, we will find common ground, form heart-to-heart connections, and formulate strategies to affect meaningful change in the world in order to further these invaluable Japan-America relationships and continue to strive towards global peace and understanding.
*Before signing up for the program, please make sure that you will be avaliable from August 1st-23rd 2024. If you have any concerns regarding possibily not being able to participate for the full conference, please let us know.