JCIE CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY
In 2020, JCIE celebrates our 50th anniversary. Our story began when JCIE’s founder, Tadashi Yamamoto, began organizing exchanges of schoolteachers, legislators, and various experts between the United States and Japan in the mid-1960s. Those efforts led to the establishment of the Japan Center for International Exchange in 1970, and we quickly expanded the scope of our activities globally with the goal of “serving as a catalyst for international dialogues that allow the world to better know Japan and allow Japan to better know the world.” We have continued to strive toward that goal, adapting to the changing needs of society as the years passed.
As we reach this important milestone, we have taken this time to reflect on the legacy of our past five decades as a pioneer in the field of citizen diplomacy. On this page you will find a series of interviews conducted with a number of friends who have been involved in JCIE programs over the years, as well as a study that looks at 50 years of US-Japan political exchanges.
We thank all those who have supported and encouraged JCIE over the years and hope you will continue to support us in the decades ahead.
AN INTRODUCTION by AKIO OKAWARA
GERALD L. CURTIS
Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Columbia University
President, Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation
Former Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs; Chairman, Asan Institute for Policy Studies
JOSEPH S. NYE, JR.
University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University; former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
Former President, Seoul Forum for International Affairs
Chairman of the Institute of International Strategy (IIS), Japan Research Institute, Ltd.; Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
Senior Distinguished Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
THIERRY de MONTBRIAL
Founder and Executive Chairman, French Institute for International Relations (IFRI)
Sir DAVID WRIGHT
Group Global Advisor, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group; Former British Ambassador to Japan
Member, House of Lords
Member of the House of Representatives; Former Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare
Senior Counselor to the President, Institute of International Education (IIE); Chair, Board of Trustees, JCIE/USA
MICHAEL J. O’NEILL
Former North American Director, Trilateral Commission; Partner, K & L Gates LLP
Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
YU MYUNG HWAN
Chairman, Sejong University; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Distinguished Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University
Chairman, Institute of Economic Growth; Founder Trustee, Ananta Aspen Center
ROBERTO F. de OCAMPO
Chairman and CEO, Philippine Veterans Bank; former Philippine Secretary of Finance
Member of the House of Councillors