Special Exchange Project

The Japan-U.S. Educational Commission has a long history of implementing programs for primary and secondary school educators to deepen mutual understanding.

Japan-U.S. ICT Teacher Exchange Program (2019- )

The Japan-U.S. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Teacher Exchange Program is a succeeding program of the Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and is jointly funded by the U.S. Embassy Japan and the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Sports, Science, Culture and Technology (MEXT). The Institute of International Education (IIE) is an implementation partner of this program. This program provides the opportunity for U.S. grades 7-12 teachers (junior high and high school teachers for Japanese teachers) who is interested in or have been implementing ICT in the classroom teaching to participate in a conference in August 2020. The program is open to teachers from all disciplines, as long as applicants can demonstrate the ability to apply the theme, “Space and Earth - utilizing ICT in the classroom,” to their own subject. Through discussion, the teachers will expand their perspectives, enrich the content of their classes, and foster better understanding of each other’s countries.

*April 14, 2020 - Important Notice*
Cancellation of the 2020 Japan-U.S. ICT Teacher Exchange Program

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Japan-U.S. ICT Teacher Exchange Program. Due to the unprecedented global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission has regrettably decided to cancel the implementation of the program for this year in order to prioritize the health and safety of all participants. This decision was made in consultation with both the Japanese and U.S governments represented by the Ministry of Education, Cultural, Sport, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Embassy Tokyo.

We will contact all current applicant directly to notify them of the program cancellation and possible next steps regarding their application. If you are a U.S. applicant, please contact our cooperating agency the Institute of International Education. If you are a Japanese applicant, please contact us by clicking here.

We apologize for this sudden notice, as the application deadline approaches, and for any inconvenience we may have caused. We hope that the global pandemic will recede soon and that you and your school communities will stay safe and healthy.


The Japan-United States Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan) is closely monitoring the latest information and following guidance from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Please know that your safety and wellbeing are our highest priority.

At this time, Japan-United States Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan) will continue to accept applications for the 2020 Japan-U.S. ICT Teacher Exchange Program. In many cases, our response to the COVID-19 crisis has been ongoing for over two months and remains quite fluid. It is highly probable that there will be more challenges and disruptions ahead that may require changes to the program, timeline, and travel schedule in August. We will inform all applicants promptly if there will be any significant changes. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. - March 31, 2020 -

Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD (2009-2018)

The bi-nationally funded program aims to raise awareness of ESD-oriented school programs, enhance ESD-related curricula in both countries, and deepen a sense of global interconnectedness between teachers in Japan and the United States. Through reciprocal two-week study visits of the U.S. and Japan and the two joint conferences, the participants will have the opportunity to build partnerships and they are expected to develop curriculum on the theme of Education for Sustainable Development.

The main theme of the program is Environmental Education, incorporating as appropriate Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as sustainable cities and communities, as well as leveraging Japan’s increased focus on international education and exchange in advance of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Collaborative Projects by the Program Participants