The Japan-America Student Conference (JASC)

Posted on May 9, 2013 in Hiroko's Blog

I wished that I knew this organization when I was a university student in Tokyo. I wished that I was able to participate in this wonderful program. So, here is an information and opportunity for you – college/university students – who are interested in a program called International Student Conferences whose mission is to promote peace by furthering mutual understanding, friendship and trust through international student interchange.

I have attended Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) event last evening. The organization was founded in 1934 with a small group of Japanese students who were concerned with deteriorating relations between the two nations and felt a need to promote mutual understanding. The following year American students hosted the second JASC at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. This began the tradition of alternating host countries annually.

Every other year American students travel to Japan and stay for a month in Japan with Japanese students. They sleep, eat, travel, study and debate together, nurturing their relationship. Japanese students, every other year, have the same experience in America.

JASC is an educational and cultural exchange program for university students. The program is designed, implemented and run by the students. Delegates elect an Executive Committee at the conclusion of each Conference. The American Executive Committee and Japanese Executive Committee receive guidance and financial assistance from their sponsoring organizations, but both are fully independent in planning and managing the JASC.

JASC has produced notable politicians and business leaders in both countries. Please find more information at www.iscdc.org or contact Yuuki Shinomiya, Esq., Executive Director of International Student Conference @yshinomiya@iscdc.org.