The 74th Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) will bring together American and Japanese university students from a variety of academic disciplines to live, travel, and conduct original peer-reviewed research together. Over the course of this academically intensive and culturally immersive conference, accepted student delegates will build lifelong friendships, develop cross-cultural communication skills, and connect with leading professionals in the field of US-Japan relations, all while gaining a firsthand understanding of this ever-evolving and multifaceted relationship.
The 74th JASC will travel to New York, Washington D.C., and San Francisco from
August 3 to August 26, 2022
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
All full-time undergraduate and graduate students studying in the United States are eligible to apply for the 74th JASC U.S. Delegation.
JASC welcomes applications from students of all academic majors to foster a deeper, interdisciplinary exchange. As the official language of the Conference is English, no prior experience in Japanese language or Japanese studies is required.
JASC continues to distinguish itself from other study abroad or exchange programs in that it is entirely student-run and student-led in nature. The 15 Executive Committee Members, elected by their peers at the end of the 73rd JASC, determine the Conference theme, roundtable topics and programming, in addition to overseeing the day-to-day logistics of Conference planning and execution.
This aspect of JASC allows delegates to delve into topics that are of interest to them and empowers them to discuss the pressing issues they recognize they will one day be tasked with as the next generation of U.S.-Asia leaders.
Delegates will not only develop strong cross-cultural communication skills through their interactions their peers, but will also have numerous opportunities to network with leading officials, academics, and distinguished professionals in the public and private sectors as well as prominent business leaders, and key figures in the field of U.S.-Japan relations more broadly.
By balancing opportunities for personal, intellectual, and professional growth, JASC encourages delegates to realize their keen ability to spark meaningful change on the world stage and within their local communities alike.
An indispensable component of all JASC gatherings are the Roundtables, or RTs. During the Conference, delegates conduct original, peer-reviewed research in tightly-knit academic cohorts. Each RT is made up of an equal number of Japanese and American delegates to ensure a balanced exchange of cultural perspectives. Through these intensive discussions on sensitive subjects, participants gain a more nuanced understanding of their international counterparts and actively develop real world policy solutions in the context of the U.S.-Japan relationship.
Prospective RT topics for the 74th JASC include:
Business and Social Innovation
Tech Advancements and Heritage
Micro and Macro Predictions of the Future
Global Governance and National Sovereignty
Social Justice & Cultural Identity
Education and Media