East-West Center Awarded Nearly $95,000 for Japan-U.S. Journalists Exchange Program
HONOLULU (June 10) – The East-West Center has received a two-year grant of $94,747 from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership to support the Japan-United States Journalist Exchange .

This 12-day exchange program, co-sponsored by the East-West Center and Nihon Shinbun Kyokai (NSK), sends six to seven Japanese journalists to the United States and an equal number of U.S. journalists to Japan to broaden the journalists’ knowledge of the relationship and challenges faced between the two countries.

"The relationship between the U.S. and Japan remains one of the most important in the world and one that cannot be taken for granted," said East-West Seminars Director Raymond Burghardt. "But financial pressures in the United States have resulted in fewer American reporters being based overseas. The Japan-U.S. Journalists Exchange will provide U.S. journalists a valuable firsthand opportunity to understand contemporary Japan and how it is important to our country."

“New Leadership and the Global Economic Crisis” is the theme for this year’s exchange program, scheduled for June 21 - July 3.  It will conclude in Honolulu, Hawaii, for joint sessions between the Japanese and U.S. journalists.

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The EAST-WEST CENTER is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.