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70th Anniversary of Japan-America Student Conference to Commence at UH Manoa

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Jul 21, 2004

HONOLULU — The 2004 Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), "Evaluating the Japan-America Relationship: Civic Commitment to Global Issues," will commence for the 56th meeting in its 70-year history at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the East-West Center on July 21-August 1. This year‘s conference also includes stops at George Washington University, Mills College and Princeton University.

The conference will bring 80 delegates from the U.S. and Japan to discuss various topics to understand the causes of tensions between the two countries through discussions, research presentations, field trips and cultural exchange. Half-day seminars at each venue will feature leading scholars, diplomats and private sector representatives.

Hawaiʻi events feature a panel discussion on the Ehime Maru at the Japanese Cultural Center on
Monday, July 26 from 2:30 — 4:30 p.m. Presenters will include Earl Okawa, President of Japan-America Society of Hawaiʻi; George Tanabe, Professor of Religion at UH Mānoa; and Takei Lebra, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at UH Mānoa. The opening ceremony for the 2004 JASC also will take place that night from 5 — 7:30 p.m.

The Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) is a non-profit educational and cultural exchange program for university students from the United States and Japan. The mission and general theme of JASC is "Promoting Peace Through Mutual Understanding, Friendship and Trust." JASC provides a unique-month-long opportunity for American students from diverse backgrounds to carry out an intensive exchange of views on a variety of subjects and issues with their Japanese counterparts. For more information, visit

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