Covering both Ohio and Michigan, the consulate is our local group of friends in the Japanese government. From visas to economic studies, they're here to facilitate the ever-growing relationship between the United States and Japan.
International affairs, policy, and regional concerns intersect at the Columbus Council of World Affairs. Global issues from health care and education to free trade in webcasts, seminars, and presentations. Visit their collaboration effort, the 2012 Global Report to see the amazing statistics and information on how global goes local in the Columbus region.
While WIFA centers on international friendships, the City of Worthington shares a Friendship City relationship with Sayama, Japan, and every year at least a few WIFA activities and programs reflect this important friendship.
You cannot go far in Central Ohio, or Ohio in general, before running into the grand presence of The Ohio State University. One of the country's largest universities, they have a great many resources in every field. So perhaps forgive the inordinately large number of links and seeming partiality to this one of Ohio's many great universities.
The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies provides an intensive 10-month training program in advanced Japanese for a select number of undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students.
The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) is an independent U.S. federal agency. Its mission is to sustain the U.S.-Japan relationship by promoting Japan Studies, and collaborative institutional efforts, partnerships, and people-to-people exchanges that advance common interests between the United States and Japan.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) was established in 1948 as a means to further develop commerce between the United States of America and Japan, promote the interests of U.S. companies and members, and improve the international business environment in Japan including the commitment to demonstrating responsible corporate citizenship.