KYOTO — The 49th Japan-America Student Conference kicked off late July 28 at the Kyoto International Conference Hall, and this time instead of focusing on bilateral relations, participants are looking at changes in the Asia-Pacific community.

The conference, considered the oldest and most prestigious exchange program of its kind, is being attended by 60 undergraduate and graduate students from both countries. The program is aimed at promoting one-on-one relations through a variety of round-table discussions, parties, field trips and other events to be held through Aug. 19.

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