Japan America Society of Southern California

   Building Japan-America Relationships Since 1909

  • Home
  • Educational Programs

Educational Programs


Hitachi Japanese Kite Workshops - Every Fall Semester, the Japan America Society of Southern California organizes and coordinates its Hitachi Japanese Kite Workshops for underserved schoolchildren in the greater Los Angeles region.  These workshops are made possible by the generous grants from Hitachi, Ltd.

Japan Bowl
® of California - Every March, the Japan America Society of Southern California offers the Japan Bowl® of California to high school students studying Japanese in California. 

AIU High School Diplomats Program  - A ten-day program at Princeton University for American students to interact and forge friendships with Japanese students.

Japan-America Student Conference - Every summer, 40 American and 40 Japanese students from diverse majors spend an intense month living, traveling and studying together. Held in English, the programs encourage leadership, social awareness, and cultural sensitivity. The Japan America Society of Southern California is a proud supporter and past host of Japan-America Student Conference.

Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship Program - Ten day study tour to Japan for Middle and High School teachers. The Fellowship allows teachers to learn first hand about contemporary Japan and enhance their classroom teaching of global perspectives. 

Youth For Understanding USA (YFU USA) - Offers scholarships for high school students to study abroad in Japan for six weeks during the summer. Students live with carefully selected host families, learn and practice their Japanese language, and experience Japan firsthand.

SPF Fellowship Program - The Pacific Forum offers the SPF Fellowship through the generous support of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation for the purpose of studying and developing a better understanding of the US-Japan relationship. This fellowship is available to US and Japanese citizens at the starting point of their careers (late 20s to 30s). The fellows will spend the majority of the fellowship researching and working from the Pacific Forum office in Honolulu, Hawaii and will spend up to six weeks doing additional research in Tokyo or Washington, DC.

The U.S.-Japan Leadership Program - The purpose of the program is to develop a network of communication, friendship and understanding among the next generation of leaders in each country. The relationship between two of the world's two most powerful democracies and economies has become so complex and broad ranging that it is beyond the ability of governments or specialists to manage. Yet it continues to suffer from misunderstandings, neglect or stereotyped images of each other that arise from our very different histories and cultures. The Program aims to foster a continuing dialogue among younger leaders in a broad variety of professions. It starts this process by bringing some 20 young leaders together from each country for two intensive weeklong conferences over two years, with discussions revolving around historical and current issues in the bilateral relations, as well as issues spanning beyond our two countries. Through serious conversation as well as in recreation and shared cultural activities it seeks to nurture lifelong friendships. The Program is designed to keep the leaders in touch with each other throughout their careers through a dedicated website, directory, frequent reunions and a semi-annual newsletter. To date, 285 young leaders have participated in the Program. The intent is to help bridge the gap between East and West that has plagued the world in the 20th Century.

The Reischauer Scholars ProgramThe Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP) is an online course for high school students sponsored by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). Named in honor of former Ambassador to Japan Edwin O. Reischauer, the RSP annually selects 25–30 exceptional high school students from throughout the United States to engage in an intensive study of Japan. Selected students participate in the online course on Japan from February to June of each year.

© Japan America Society of Southern California
1411 W. 190th Street, Suite 380, Gardena, CA 90248
tel (310) 965-9050    fax (310) 965-9010   email info@jas-socal.org
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software